Rap superstars Jay-Z and Eminem are set to perform a pair of headlining concerts together in September, according to a May 13 announcement. The two will share the stage at stadiums in New York City and Detroit, the hometowns of the two artists.
On September 2, Eminem will headline a show at Detroit's Comerica Park, joined by Jay-Z; on September 13, Jay-Z will headline at New York's Yankee Stadium. The artists first announced the news during an appearance at Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers hosted the New York Yankees.
"This is a once in a lifetime set of shows and I know we're both really going to bring it to our home towns," said Eminem, whose newest album Recovery is due out June 22.
"I've always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music," said Jay-Z, who is currently touring in support of 2009 album Blueprint 3. "Fun and historic, a great combination all around the board."
Eminem has sold 80 million albums worldwide and won 11 Grammy Awards. His first single from Recovery, "Not Afraid," debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making the rapper the 16th artist in the chart's history with a single that topped the chart in its debut week. Jay-Z has sold 40 million albums worldwide and won ten Grammys. Blueprint 3 was his 11th album to reach #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, surpassing a record previously held by Elvis.
The collaboration is not the first between the rappers: Eminem was featured on Jay-Z's "Renegade" from 2001 album
Blueprint, also producing portions of that track and "Moments of Clarity" from subsequent release
The Black Album. The two have also collaborated on several mash-ups, including a mix of Jay's "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" and Eminem's "My Name Is" for 2009 video game
Tickets for the two shows are not yet available. Stay tuned throgh the artists' websites: