Eminem live on stage in Cape Town, South Africa, on 26 February 2014
His name is Marshall
Mathers, aka Slim Shady, aka Eminem, and he kicked some serious hip-hop ass in
Cape Town as part of his Rapture 2014 tour. Cape Town was his first stop on his
first ever South African tour. I was a bit worried that the stadium might be
empty as there were indications (like I mentioned in an earlier post) that
tickets weren’t selling. Well done to the promoters in their last minute ticket
sale drive to manage to fill the stadium to the brim. At 21:00 the lights
dimmed, the stage lights lit up and chaos broke out in the 40 000+ crown.
Eminem was in the house! He opened with Survival and then ripped into a huge
selection of his old super hits and his new material. ‘ White America’ had me
standing on my seat pumping my fist in the air, ‘Love The Way You Lie’ I had my
lighter flickering, ‘ The Monster’saw
me doing some nifty dance moves and ‘ Stan’ made me think of the time Em
performed the song with (Sir) Elton John. The music was INCREDIBLY loud, it was
freakin’ hot in the stadium (33 degrees Celsius) and my voice was raw from
screaming and singing. ‘My Name Is’ had the crowd in a frenzy and the closing
song from the 8 Mile soundtrack, ‘Lose Yourself’ was a fitting end to an EPIC
show. Johannesburg, hope you guys are ready for this once in a time experience!
* Support acts DJ Ready D was insanely good!, Jack Parow had us all wave our
hands around while swearing in Afrikaans, and Queens New York rapper Action
Branson, well, he was interesting (I felt sorry for Whitney Houston when he
tried to rap over her hit I Wanna Dance With Somebody…bless her soul…).