This could be the longest blog post I’ve ever done, because it was one of the most exciting nights of my life, but I’ll try to be as brief as possible. There are Youtube embeds at the bottom related to everything I say in this post.
Back in June, some friends and myself decided we would attend the Home & Home Tour, this 2-night exclusive event starring Jay-Z and Eminem in both their respective home towns. We tried to get tickets for NY, because it was way closer to us, but tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes, so we had to get tickets in Detroit.
We had tickets for Friday, September 3rd, which was the second night in Detroit. So, we left Quebec City on Thursday morning and drove 14 hours through Quebec and Ontario until we reached the customs in Detroit at 9 o’clock in the evening. We partied like crazy at Exodus nightclub on the rooftop terrace and spent the day trying to find something to do in Detroit the next day. We finally decided to go buy those custom made “RUN DET” t-shirts at Division Street Boutique and we then walked to the Comerica Park to enter the stadium for what promised to be one of the greatest shows ever.
How stoked was I when B.o.B. (who has to be one of my favorite artists of 2010) came on stage to open the show ! He played most of his album, and ended the show with a cover of MGMT’s Kids, which made the crowd go bananas. He didn’t play Airplanes, but any B.o.B. connoisseur knew what that meant…
I had seen Jay-Z previously in October at Bell Centre in Montreal, so I was expecting him to have a similar line-up. As expected he played most of the same songs, but added a few, including A Dream while paying a tribute to Biggie. But the best moment of his performance was definitely when he sang Death of Autotune and when he got to “this might need a verse from Jeezy”, Jeezy actually came on stage and did Put On for the crowd. Detroit went insane, that’s the least to say. Once again, I’ll have to say though that there is not a song in the world that will match U Don’t Know in terms of making a stadium reach its maximum level of craziness. People in Montreal exploded when he played that song with Memphis Bleek, and the people from Detroit really matched this atmosphere. Once again, Hova proved that he’s probably the most classy guy in the rap industry by spotting people in the crowd at the end of the show and saluting them.
Overall it was a great show, but I have to say that I preferred his show in Montreal. The audio sounded better, and his multimedia tower setup had something unique. His visuals on the Detroit stage looked really good though, especially on On To The Next One, which matched the visual from the music video.
And then, the main course came on stage. Eminem, who hadn’t performed for close to five years, came on the eyed-shaped stage. He opened up with Won’t Back Down and continued on with many other records, including 3am and Square Dance. Then, one of the heaviest song of the evening had to be Welcome to Detroit City with Trick Trick appearing on stage. The Comerica Park exploded in cheers. Other guests came on stage, like D12, with songs like Fight Music and Purple Pills.
Just when we thought this couldn’t get any better, the beat for Patiently Waiting started, and none other than 50 cent started singing along side Em for this song. Marshall then left the stage and introduced Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks, who performed I Get Money and In Da Club before giving the stage back to its true owner.
Shady dropped many other singles, and then the lights went off, just to have the first piano notes of Airplanes part 2 resonate in the stadium. B.o.B. came back out and dropped his second first of the song, while Eminem joined him on stage to perform his verse. This was definitely one of the highlights of the show for me.
On Thursday, Drake made a surprise appearance and played Forever. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make it to the Friday show, but Eminem still rhymed his verse from Forever, which has to be one of his best verses of all time.
But then, the most unexpected guest showed up. Em started playing My Name Is, and when he reached the line “and Dr. Dre said…”, the beat stopped, and Dr. Dre raised from the floor, played Still D.R.E., Nothing but a G Thang and left. The crowd was so loud that the beat was almost inaudible.
Of course, later on, Jay-Z came back and he and Eminem played Renegade, which was a crowd pleaser as well. And, to close things off, Eminem played his new single Not Afraid, and gave an encore performance with Lose Yourself, and ended all this with an insane fireworks show.
So that’s it, after playing over 30 songs, Em left us and we headed back to Quebec City, knowing that we had just witnessed hip-hop’s history.
In Da Club
Airplanes Part 2
Welcome to Detroit City
Dirt Off Your Shoulder
Till I Collapse