For Nitro Circus I said, never, I mean never get your hopes up to high. I was wrong, you can be blown away. It just takes something completely insane to be able to do that. That something happened in South Africa last week. That something was Eminem’s Rapture Tour 2014.
Not only did Eminem bring Action Bronson with him he also chose Jack Parow to be the South African support artist. It’s a strange combination of artists as the only thing they have in common is their genre of Hip Hop and not their styles.
Action Bronson is more “hardcore” (for lack of a better word) then both of them, Jack Parow is more up beat and borderline “pop-ish” and Eminem, well his style requires no explanation because there’s no way you’re reading this and have never heard his music.
DJ Ready D kicked it all off with a DJ set and set the tone for what was to come, nothing but Hip Hop! The first performance of the night came about to a fast filling stadium, a slight drizzle and a cold wind in the air as Jack Parow got the ball rolling. In an interview I read Jack Parow had said that Eminem hand selected who got to open for his show, quite a compliment if you ask me. Parow seems to be taking him self a lot more seriously of late, in a good way. He’s a lot lighter on his feet as he’s shredded a few pounds and it showed in the energy of his performance. One of the best Parow performances I have witnessed to date. I guess you can’t be smashed drinking Brandy on stage when you’re performing on an international level. In fact the drunken, stumbling heavy hitting version of Parow was slightly missed.
Action Bronson and his majestic beard then took it to the crowd as the first international artist of the evening. Bronson, a former chef – nailed it. I personally was looking forward to “Strictly For My Jeeps” one of his hits and when he bellowed “I’m a hero in my hometown baby” for the first time I got shivers after seeing the music video and listening to the track countless times – all of a sudden hearing it live. He also puffed on one of the biggest blunts I have ever seen in my life during his performance – no limits for a Queens boy.
The anticipation for Eminem to come on stage was so tense, I could feel it. In the gap between Action Bronson and Eminem copious amounts of drinking was going down – fuelling the concert goers even more. Then at 9 pm on a Saturday night, the man every one came to see was finally standing on the stage in front of them.
Eminem’s set was supported by Mr Porter and he provided quite a substantial amount of hype and added a little something just to make it more special. The show was quite ‘simple’ as in their weren’t many theatrics. The visuals in the background were however very much on par. Each song went well with the visuals on screen.
Eminem played a substantially long set and had everyone from 13 year old girls to 30 year old guys screaming like girls. Every song, every word sung with intent – the intent to have as much fun as was physically possible. The crowd definitely made sure they got their moneys worth, the thick haze in the air made sure of that in the Golden Circle.
The set list included a variety of his tracks, from 3am to lose yourself – to a few of the newer ones. In fact they were all predominantly the old bangers we’ve grown to know and love. If you were at Eminem you know that, that was one experience worth every penny you spent. I think Eminem was the most fun I have had all year.