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Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel Review

Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Detroit rappers Eminem and Royce da 5’9 collaborated on many tracks, including Scary Movies and the original version of Jay-Z’s Renegade, creating the duo Bad Meets Evil.

After embarking on different journeys, Royce staying as the king of underground hip-hop in Detroit, and Eminem becoming the best-selling rap artist of the decade, the two MCs decided to reunite again, over 10 years later, releasing their new EP, Hell: The Sequel.

Being labeled as an EP, and not an album targeted at reaching multi-platinum status, you have to be in a certain state of mind to listen to this 9-track extended play, something I forgot to remind myself before listening to it the first time. If you’re looking for a summer album to listen to while cruising in your convertible car on Highway One, look somewhere else. If you’re an occasional Eminem listener and the only tracks you know are Without Me, Shake that Ass and Love the Way you Lie, chances are this album is not fit for you either.

After the evolution and maturity of Eminem that could be heard on Recovery, one could only expect that Em would pursue this path in this Bad Meets Evil project. Well, Eminem decided totally otherwise, digging out his old rhyming style attributed to his early work, reminiscent of The Slim Shady LP. Marshall Mathers looks like he decided to give something back to his die-hard fans after Recovery was labeled as a more commercial album.

The EP is a 45-minute display of lyrical mastery, both from Royce da 5’9 and Eminem, sometimes even pushing it too far, as if the MCs focused on technical skills and left aside the musical aspect of rap. Nonetheless, for any fan of battle rap, this is incredibly impressive. Listeners will pause, rewind and loop a lot of tracks to catch all the details in the lyrics.

Overall, the EP is very dark, and as I said earlier, is not one to be listened to on a bright sunny day while having lunch on your patio. It also feels very uneven. Fastlane has shades of Scary Movies, while The Reunion sounds like a track that could have been on the Relapse album, and then you have Lighters, featuring Bruno Mars, that, in my opinion, has no place on an EP like that, and feels like a track that was pushed in by the record label to ensure some radio play.

Having two rappers exchanging verses on every track feels refreshing though, getting out of the mold of 90% of hip-hop tracks that are rapped by one artist and have a sung-chorus by an invited artist. But, having two rappers sort of battling it out on an entire EP, you can’t help but start to compare them at some point. Honestly, I never thought I’d say that, but I think that overall, Royce da 5’9 overshadows Eminem on the EP. Eminem sounds too agressive and out of control, while Royce has an incredible flow that doesn’t feel forced. Em also brings back his multiple disses towards celebrities, which start to feel a bit old after the wisdom shown (not on every track of course) on Recovery. He even brings back another diss to the late David Carradine, which is pushing it too far in my opinion…

After pointing out its flaws, I now have to raise my hat to the highlight of this EP, which is Take From Me. This melancholic song about internet-leaking and lack of confidence towards their entourage is to me, musically, one of the best tracks Eminem has ever been featured on. Both rappers show vulnerability and honesty accompanied by an incredible melody by Mr. Porter, making it a memorable song, even if it feels like an orphan on an EP focused on battle rap.

Hell: The Sequel, fulfills what it was meant to be: an album for hardcore hip-hop fans looking for lyrical prowess and a dark, agressive sound. Royce da 5’9 and Eminem prove to the world once again that they’re 2 of the greatest rap artists ever, even if sometimes the quality of the musicality suffers from the technical display.

Lupe Fiasco’s Comeback, Lasers review

When I discovered Lupe Fiasco back in 2006, his sound filled an empty musical void in my life. Fresh and elaborated melodies combined with profound lyrics that didn’t speak about money, rims and hoes made it something unique that really struck me. I listened to Food & Liquor countless times, and fortunately for me, just 15 months later, Lupe dropped his second album, The Cool, which was as good as the first one. Since then though, Lupe has been featured on a couple of tracks and released a few mixtapes, but hasn’t released a real EP to respond to the demands of fans. Well, in 6 days from now, the wait will finally be over, when Lupe releases his 3rd studio album, Lasers. As usual, the ever wonderful Internet has prematurely leaked the album on the World Wide Web, and I just couldn’t wait another 140 hours to listen to what I’ve been waiting for for the last 4 years.

Let’s go straight to the point. The album is incredible, from the first few seconds, to the amazing closing track, Never Forget You, featuring John Legend. As it was the case on both of Lupe’s previous albums, the production is amazing. Each and every song has great musical depth, and the beats are once again original, stepping out of the traditional recipe of hip-hop. Only 12-track long, the album is a bit short, compared to his precedent 16 and 19-track long EPs, but hey, I’ll take 12 great tracks over any 15-or-more-tracks album where half of them or less than average.

Lupe brought a whole arsenal of producers to this album, from Alex da Kid to The Neptunes, and many more. This is clearly apparent from the various types of beats that are featured on Lasers. Some very intense, darker melodies intertwine with some really clear, upbeat tracks, while still maintaining a beautiful uniformity from song to song. The album also has a ridiculous line-up of collaborating artists: John Legend, Trey Songz and rising-star Skylar Grey, just to name a few. Each of these immensely-talented individuals bring a new soul to every song they’re featured on, and really make it a plus-value for the entire album.

Lyric-wise, Lupe Fiasco stands pretty close to perfection. His flow, at times very fast-paced, at other times more relaxed, just feels natural, 100% of the time. It never seems forced nor struggling. And again, Fiasco’s words are very engaged, both socially and politically, something that’s become more and more of a rare thing in today’s hip-hop. He doesn’t hold back on anything, whether its religion, politics or racism.

I’m not going to do a track-by-track critique, because honestly, they’re all good. But I have to mention how beautiful the first song with long-time collaborating artist Sarah Green is. It is probably one of the strongest tracks to ever open a hip-hop album, matching the caliber of A Dream from Jay-Z, Good Morning from Kanye West or White America from Eminem, while being totally different. Plus, the transition between this soothing song into the agressive melody of Words I Never Said, is such a strong contrast that it grasps you even more. In that last song, Lupe goes all out, and speaks about everything that’s on his mind, from September 11th, the Jihad, Barack Obama, Rush Limbaugh, pharmaceutics… This is a song that I hope will get the airplay it deserves, and that conservative radio stations will not be afraid of playing it because of the subjects it speaks of.

There are a lot of things in this review that remain unsaid about this unbelievably good album, but I’ve only listened to it twice before writing this post, so I feel I don’t know it enough to keep on going. The only thing I have to say is that the wait was worth it. This last year has been a very good one for hip-hop, and Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers has not only kept the streak alive, it has raised the bar to a sky-high level.

The album will be available in North America on Tuesday, March 8th. I strongly suggest any music fan (not just hip-hop fans) to get a hold of it. This is something that is sure to spark interest in any music lover.

You can pre-order it on iTunes already, and there are even 6 tracks already available: Lasers iTunes Pass

Arcade Fire, the Grammys, America and Ignorance

Yesterday, the whole world was in shock after the Grammy jury made a bold and daring move by awarding the prestigious award of Album of the Year to underdogs Arcade Fire, for their album The Suburbs. With opponents like Eminem, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Lady Antebellum, no one imagined that an indie-rock band from Montreal could take down those pop/hip-hop juggernauts in a David-versus-Goliath scenario.

From my point of view, the Grammy’s jury achieved what the Hollywood foreign press (and most likely the Academy too) failed at doing, and that is recognizing talent and originality over financial stats and sales. They’ve opened the door to alternative music to get more exposure and more recognition, and it feels good to see something that is not labeled as pop win such an important award.

Of course, like any year, there is some disagreement from the public’s opinion about who wins and who doesn’t, but this is how contests work when they’re decided by a jury, and you’ll never receive unanimous positively-critical acclaim for a judged decision, but the “controversy” after the winners are announced is always a source of debate, which makes it even more interesting.

But yesterday, the American people (slight generalization here) proved once again that they’re a bunch of selfish, self-centered, ignorant people. After Arcade Fire’s win, the social media scene started being invaded by hateful comments about the band, along with the creation of a website called whoisarcadefire.com , with posts showing off Twitter posts that sounded like “Who the fuck is Arcade Fire ?” and “How the fuck can they win against my homeboy Em”. Allright, in 2008, I too was disappointed that Kanye’s Graduation lost to Herbie Hancock, and I expressed my disappointment via social media saying that “Mr. West should have won”, and I think that sharing your opinion is good. What is NOT good, is starting to hate on an extremely talented band because your musical knowledge is as vast as a hamster’s cage.

For those I’m aiming at, let’s start from the beginning. Is it possible that if you don’t know one of the 5 nominees that have a shot at winning Album of the Year, that your opinion on the subject could be categorized as “utterly useless” ? My guess would be, absolutely ! Now, if you’ve never heard about Arcade Fire (but know the lyrics to every Lady Gaga’s songs), chances are you don’t cruise around music websites a lot. Let’s point out a couple of stats here:

– Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs is currently the #3 seller in the iTunes Store in the USA.
The Suburbs has 5 number 1 titles on Billboard.com.
– Back in August, The Suburbs debuted as #1 seller in the USA, Canada, UK and Ireland.
– Arcade Fire made the cover of a small magazine that you may have heard of… it’s called TIME.

Oh and I almost forgot, The Suburbs is still in the Billboard Top 200, 7 months after its release, in front of a couple of under unknowns, like Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift and Avenged Sevenfold, but who cares, you probably have never heard of them either.

Now one thing the general public needs to understand too, is that the award goes to the best ALBUM, and not the album that contains the songs most played on Sirius satellite radio. I’ve listened to all the albums nominated yesterday, except for Lady Antebellum’s and I can say that anyone who says Gaga deserved the award is completely wrong. If anyone should’ve won instead of AF, it’s Katy Perry, that brought a new flavor to pop music with her album Teenage Dream (allright, Firework will be the exception). The Suburbs is a masterpiece in terms of harmony and connectivity between the 16 tracks it features. Listening to it from the start to the end is an experience, which The Fame Monster IS NOT !

People need to get their heads out of their asses and realize that there is more to music than Justin Beiber and Madonna’s doppelganger otherwise known as Lady Gaga. If your musical knowledge is limited to MTV’s Top 10, then it’s time for you to start listening to real music or stop posting hateful comments about a band that your retarded selfish person has never heard of, even less listened to. Many people that I will describe as more open-minded than others, RT’ed one of Kanye West’s tweet from last night, which went like this: “#Arcade fire!!!!!!!!!! There is hope!!! I feel like we all won when something like this happens! FUCKING AWESOME!”. If someone like Kanye, who usually has a pretty strong and open opinion about everything, dares to say something like that, maybe Arcade Fire’s win isn’t such a fiasco after all… but that’s for you guys to judge.

Congratulations to the Grammys for seeing past record sales, and finally, congratulations to the Arcade Fire for their win and one of the most genuine award-speech ever.

Eminem for the Grammys

The Grammys recently put out a TV ad portraying the 2011 Grammy nominations leader, Eminem, with 10 of those. The result is a cool 30-second animated spot with vivid colors and various graphic elements related to Marshall Matters.

The Grammy will air on February 13th on CBS, where Em will face against The Arcade Fire, Landy Antebellum, and pop phenomenons Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber for the title of Album of the Year.

Top 5 everything of 2010

Once again, as hard as it is to believe, another year has almost already passed by and it seems like yesterday I was having dinner with the family at my uncle’s house for New Year’s day for this new decade. The more time passes by, the more it seems to fly away at the speed of light, and I’m again left wondering if this year will be the one where I’ll have time to do everything I’ve planned for the coming 365 days. Of course, it will not happen, but, before this year ends, I did manage to find some time to look back on 2010 and realize how good a year this has been. And, since the only things I’ve seen on social networks in the past days are Top 10s and Recaps, I decided I’d make my own Top 5. Ok, I’ve cheated on some categories, some are top 5 with honorable mentions, others may contain only 3 winners, but, you get the point.

This is of course my own personal opinion. No stats, no results, no expert analysis, just my own totally subjective, sometimes biased opinion. Let’s start it off.

BEST ALBUMS

1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I said it recently, and I stand with my first impression, this is the album of the year, and critics (aka Rolling Stone Magazine) seem to agree. The creativity, the originality and the “I don’t care what you think of me” attitude that emanates from this album make it impossible to ignore. Mr. West has taken his music one step further and created a sound of his own, and for that, you get my gold medal Kanye.

2. Eminem – Recovery
Wouldn’t it have been for Kanye, first place would have gone to Mr. Mathers. Recovery is the return of the king, the road to redemption fulfilled for Eminem. It is his most mature album yet, and I think I’ll dare to say it also is his best album. It may not contain as many classics as The Eminem Show or The Marshall Mathers LP, but the overall ride on which Eminem takes you with his latest album is definitely something no Em fan has ever witnessed before. A must for any fan of hip-hop.

3. The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
The Montreal band proved to the world that they are a force to be reckoned with this album. Their sound is unique, the lyrics are profound, and the overall experience that you go through while listening to The Suburbs is definitely something special that not many bands can match. For me, this is an instant classic, something that my iTunes play-count can start to fear.

4. Jònsi – Go
The Sigur Ros vocalist/guitarist released a solo album back in April, and I did not listen to it until earlier this month. To be honest, I’ve lonely listened to it twice, so I don’t feel like I know this album too well, but I couldn’t leave it off this list. This is musical ecstasy. Whether they make you joyful or nostalgic, Jonsi’s exotic melodies are sure to spark a lot of emotions inside you. It is hard to describe, so the best thing I can say is, buy it and let yourself be immersed by the sound of it, you will not regret it.

5. B.o.B. – The Adventures of Bobby Ray
Probably the hardest position to fill, because the list of contenders was endless, but B.o.B. had to have his place in my 2010 year. I listened to this album countless times during my trip to Costa Rica, and it just has a special feel every time I listen to it. Even if this is his first LP, B.o.B. shows an incredible maturity as an artist, mixing super catchy commercial pop songs with more dramatic, serious tracks on which the lyrics are certain to make some hip-hop veterans jealous. The artists collaborations are original (Hayley Williams, Rivers Cuomo…) and it is just a good, easy to listen album. Plus, Airplanes has to be one of the greatest hip-hop songs released in the past 5 years, so for all that, I raise my hat to B.o.B. who fills in the last position of my top 5 for albums.

Honorable mentions
Bonobo – Black Sands
Misteur Valaire – Golden Bombay
Travie McCoy – Lazarus

BEST MOVIES
Important notice: I have been a total failure as a 2010 movie-watcher. I’ve watched countless “classics” on my To-See list, but I’ve just not been into the new movies this year. I haven’t seen Social Network, Black Swan, Toy Story 3… So, this is of course my own best of, where I’m sure some of the movies I’ve just named would have had their place had I seen them.

1. Inception
How can this not be the best movie of the year ? It is a cinematic masterpiece, incredibly intelligent, well shot and brilliantly acted. Christopher Nolan raised the bar to another level with a very original story, brought to life by shining performances from DiCaprio and company. An instant classic in every genre, a movie that will be talked about for years.

2. The Killer Inside Me
Western movies are more and more noticeable nowadays since they are becoming more of a rare thing, but this one really slipt under my radar. I watched it just a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it. Casey Affleck is incredible, to the point he should easily be nominated for an Oscar. The mood of the movie is scary, tense, and the story really sucks you in. It is brutal, violent, sometimes disturbing, but always intriguing. A must-see, at least only to witness Affleck’s brilliance.

3. The Book of Eli
This movie did not get very good reviews, as do all of Denzel Washington’s films for the last 5 years. But I think critics were a bit harsh and have failed to see the strong points that this movie has to offer. It is visually flawless, every image is sure to make you wow at your screen. It might not be Denzel’s best performance, but you can’t say so for Gary Oldman’s. He just shines in his role as the bad guy and shows he’s one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood nowadays. Plus, the fight scenes, and especially the gun-fights are masterfully directed and now have a place in my personal best combat scenes in cinema history. Plus the ending is just incredibly surprising.

4. Ghost Writer
Roman Polanski’s latest film has a sort of Woody Allen feel, with endless dialogues and a fairly old style of editing, which make it stand out. The intrigue is good and the always entertaining Ewan McGregor is very good in the leading role. Not your typical Hollywood blockbuster, but it’s really worth a watch.

5. The Town
I rented this movie 4 hours before writing this blog post, as it was, surprisingly, on most 2010 best-of lists. You should have seen my level of skepticism before watching this film. I’m really not a Ben Affleck fan, but I decided to give it a chance. Surprise of the year for me. This is a very entertaining thriller, in which Affleck shows talent as both director and actor. The acting award in the film will definitely go to Jeremy Renner though, who is so believable in his role that you could think the producers found a guy from the projects to play in their movie. You won’t fall in love with the other characters, but they show some kind of depth, enough to make you enjoy this film, along with its good heist scenes.

MUSIC VIDEOS

1. Jay-Z – On to the Next One
One might wonder why this is taking the pole position, and it is for only one reason: It’s a music video. Hurricane and Runaway are closer to short films than music vids. Jay-Z’s video, directed by Sam Brown, portrays a funeral through multiple black and white, highly aesthetic images. It was the first music video released in 2010, and in my opinion, it is still the best. It is a shame it didn’t win any awards at the VMA, but let’s be honest, the VMAs are pretty much meaningless. Jay-Z proved once again his immense artistic talent by releasing a video of this caliber, and the 41-year-old rapper also proved he’s here to stay.

2. Kanye West – Runaway (extended edition)
Here it is, the video that will be at the top position of everybody’s list in 2010, and it deserves it. While to me this is a short film, it redefined what music videos are. It is artistic, different, colorful. It delivers powerful messages, and it is accompanied by one of the best soundtracks ever. As I said in my previous blog post, this is sure to make history with the likes of Thriller.

3. 30 Seconds to Mars – Hurricane
Another video that should be considered a short film, Hurricane will probably have its place in history also. While less visually appealing than Runaway, Hurricane is controversial, sexually offending, twisted, and beautiful. A video that the American public is not ready to see at all (and it got banned for that), and because of that, Jared Leto’s band deserves a lot of recognition. They dared, and succeeded in creating commotion.

4. Eminem – Love the way you lie
Eminem’s real comeback in the music video scene, because Not Afraid was definitely not it. This is also a controversial video that caused a heart stroke to America, because of its reference to domestic violence and dysfunctional relationships. Joseph Kahn used his enormous experience to direct a video that suits the song like few videos have been able to. The cinematography is amazing, Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan are good in their main roles and the Eminem/Rihanna duo just fills the screen with presence and intensity. One of the best videos of the year on all aspects.

5. Linkin Park – The Catalyst
Joe Hahn has slowly made the transition from turntablist to director for Linkin Park, and this change shows how much talent the guy has. He was a great DJ (he still is in fact) and is now one of my favorite director in the music video domain. His creativity is unmatched, and everything he does just fits the Linkin Park style beautifully. The Catalyst is no exception. The imagery is innovative, the editing is on-point and the Linkin Park guys really give one hell of a performance. Great use of slow motion throughout.

Honorable mentions
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Linkin Park – Waiting for the End
B.o.B. – Airplanes

TV SHOWS

1. Breaking Bad – Season 3
Discovery of the year for me, TV-wise. A fresh, original concept with actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul playing two of the most fascinating characters to ever appear on TV. Be warned, this, like many other series, is highly addictive. Sometimes humorous, sometimes dramatic, and seldom highly violent, this show will get you through the whole set of emotions, and will also kill your social life, second warning here !

2. Entourage – Season 7
The second-to-last season of the series aired this summer, and deceived no fan. Vince, E, Drama, Turtle, and especially Ari were back in full force, with new relationships, new insults and new adventures. The dialogues were once again a work of genius, and Vince’s breakdown was amazingly put together. The Cameos were entertaining and the complicity between the characters was once again something so entertaining to watch that every episode made you wish you had their lives. If you haven’t started to watch Entourage at all, I also envy your life, because you’re in for 7 seasons of never -before-seen laughter and entertainment. Start now !

3. Sportscentre – Morning Show on TSN
Probably the most unexpected winner of my entire top 2010 list, but I couldn’t pass by it. Jay Onrait and Dan O’toole are the best start of my day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. They redefine sports news with their incredible sense of humour and amazing charisma. They don’t take themselves seriously at all, they’re spontaneous and it gives a whole other perspective to everyday sports news.

Honorable mentions
Mad Men

BEST ADVERTISEMENTS

1. Dulux – Let’s color
Adam Berg takes the prize two years in a row for me, with his masterpiece Carousel for Philips last year. The whole concept of this Dulux ad is so good that it goes beyond the final TV spot. The fact they used local people and gave them the chance to put some color back into their dull scenery is amazing, and the fact that they were able to render this live process into such a beautiful advertisement is just brilliant. This is advertisement at another level.

2. Nike – Write the Future
The biggest sports event in the world of course means, the best advertisements in the world, and W+K knew that they havd to give it their best shot, and they didn’t fail. This ad pictures the World Cup vibe with such epicness and bigger than nature reactions that it clearly makes it the best ad of the tournament. The overall idea is so clever and the production value is unbelievable.

3. Sussex Safer Roads – Embrace Life
A beautiful alternative to encourage people to always wear their seat belts, Embrace Life succeeded in doing what all the gory, violent ads about car accidents couldn’t. The ad created an enormous buzz on the web, and probably saved more lives today than any other commercial. The concept is so well-thought and the imagery is spectacular.

4. Gaz Metro – A Natural Evolution
It takes great patience and dedication to tackle a project like this one, but it takes incredible talent and vision to make a project like this one look as good as this. This entire ad, conceptualized by Sid Lee, was done in stop-motion over 4 nights and with more than 1500 pieces of chalk. The animation is unbelievably fluid considering it’s stop motion and the visual is spectacular. Another considerable piece by one of the most creative agencies in the world.

5. LG – Something Lurkingg
One of the toughest spot on which to deliberate, the final slot of my entire top 2010 goes to the very recent LG ad, created by Y&R and the masters of animation, Psyop. Read a couple of posts prior to this one to know how amazed I was by this ad.

Honorable mentions
Adidas – Cantina 2010
Sony – Eye Candy
Audi – The Art of Progress
BBC – Honk If You’re Human
AT&T – Rethink Possible

This is it ! Probably the most time I’ve ever invested in a blogpost. I hope, even if you don’t agree 100% with me, that this will make you discover some gems in the media domain and give you things to entertain you during this one-to-two-week holiday that is coming up. This will most likely be my last blogpost of 2010, so in advance, I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year !

Eminem & Jay-Z Home and Home Tour

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.

Put On

Lose Yourself

Still Dre

In Da Club

Airplanes Part 2

Square Dance

No Love

Forever

Eminem’s Intro

Jay-Z’s Intro

Renegade

Welcome to Detroit City

Dirt Off Your Shoulder

Fight Music

Patiently Waiting

Till I Collapse

Eminem’s Love The Way You Lie

Probably this year’s most anticipated video, Love The Way You Lie from Eminem and Rihanna, premiered last Thursday night on MTV. Along with being the #1 song on the charts right now, the song is creating a lot of buzz because of its controversial lyrics, treating about love/hate relationships and domestic violence. More than that, the fact that the two artists singing in this song have had their share of violent relationships (Em with ex-wife Kim and Rihanna with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown) is sure to cause some commotion.

Well, the video just put some more oil in the fire. It features actors Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox portrayed in a very unstable relationship, with passionate love moments at some times, followed by intense violence scenes.

Veteran director Joseph Kahn did an incredible job at creating an intense video that gets to you and won’t leave you indifferent. The cinematography is pristine: the shots of Eminem performing in a field look amazing, with some fast-motion travelings and intense flares colliding with the lens. Not being a fan of Megan Fox (by that I of course mean her acting talents…), I have to admit that she and Monaghan are very believable in their mute roles. Rihanna is as usual a shinning star in every single shot she appears in, and the progression of her performance along with the revealing of the background in front of which she sings are just incredible. At first you would swear she is singing in front of lit candles, just to realize later that she’s actually in front of a burning house.

The video is already causing some controversy, with some people saying it is a great video that sends a message, from people who have had experiences with the subject treated, while others look at it as a glorification of violence. Either way, people are talking about this video, and that alone means that Team Eminem have scored big with this one.

Here are some videos from MTV news of Monaghan speaking about his experience shooting this video.