. Jay Z performed with Eminem during the Home and Home four-date tour series that opened Sept. 2 in Detroit. While it was a comeback for rapper Eminem, Jay-Z has long been on the scene (even after he announced his retirement) and commanded the stage and audience effortlessly. Both R&B stars might have known to feud, reports Billboard, but that was only reminiscent of the past as the two are performing together briefly through the nation.
The 100-minute performance during opening night at Detroit’s Comerica Park featured nearly 33 songs from the boys’ repertoire. See some Jay-Z songs in full with Jay-Z tickets from StubHub.
Along with the two powerhouses headlining the event, Entertainment Weekly reports that fans were in for a wild night as Dr. Dre, Drake, 50 Center, B.o.B. and Young Jeezy all performed as well. The concert was the first collaboration from the two all-stars since 2001’s “Renegade.” While the event announced, more than anything, Eminem’s return to the industry, Jay-Z isn’t likely one to stand back in the crowd and watch. He showed off his skills during the nearly two hour show with hits from Blueprint 3 and classic favorites. “Jay-Z has toured more,” said Pollstar Editor in Chief Gary Bongiovanni, “but neither of them is extremely overexposed. With these two acts, in those two markets, it’s just a winning combination.”
Much like everything else rapper Jay-Z touches, the Home and Home Tour was a hit during September. A fighter from the beginning, Jay-Z was raised in the Marcy Projects of Brooklyn, N.Y. and made a name for himself rapping on the streets. Born Shawn Corey Carter in 1970, the star was nicknamed “Jazzy” in his ‘hood and took the name with him during the short time he worked with other rappers from the area. Instead of following under another’s footsteps, Jay-Z created the record label Roc-a-Fella Records with Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke. Distributed through Priority Records, the future rapper had a place to perform and earn money.
In 1996 he appeared with the debut Reasonable Doubt, which reached No. 23 on the Billboard charts and was an underground favorite. The tunes caught the attention of big names like DJ Premier and the Notorious BIG, who helped earn Jay-Z mainstream attention for the sophomore In My Lifetime, Vol. 1. The Billboard chart topper featured major collaborations and radio favorites like “Sunshine” and “The City is Mine,” which helped him find crossover success. Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life was released a year later with the title track that really broke the mold and gave Jay-Z unprecedented success for a rapper. The jam ended up with a Grammy for Best Rap Album.
The next year Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter appeared, once again topping the Billboard 200 with hits like “Big Pimpin'” and “Do it Again (Put Ya Hands Up).” Next came Dynasty Roc la Familia in 2000, his fifth album and the next year the beginning of his Blueprint series. Though he announced his retirement once before, the music called this high profile rapping mogul back to work, where he has since finished the Blueprint series and recorded various tracks with mainstream stars.