Supporters of both the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers are about to meet some unexpected new mascots in the form of rappers Eminem and Jay-Z.
The two hip-hop titans have announced a two-part concert event to be held at each of their hometown’s own baseball stadiums. Eminem will headline a concert on Thursday (September 2) at Comerica Park in Detroit as the Tigers slug it out in Minnesota, while Jay-Z will represent New York at Yankee Stadium on Monday (September 13) as the home team hits the road for Florida. The two-night concert event will be produced by Live Nation.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime set of shows and I know we’re both really going to bring it to our hometowns,” Eminem said in a press release. “The fans are going to love this and so am I. It’s gonna be historic.”
“These shows are like a dream come true,” Jay-Z offered. “I’ve always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music. How perfect is it that Eminem and I get to play our hometowns and show how far the live rap experience has come? Fun and historic — a great combination all around the board.”
Speaking with ESPN’s Dave O’Brien and Rick Sutcliffe during Wednesday’s game between the Yankees and the Tigers, Eminem said of the event, “We had talked about doing something together again soon anyway — we just tried to come up with the best way and biggest way to do it.
“We’ve done things together, smaller shows and whatnot,” he continued. “But I’m not sure we’ve ever done anything this big.”
“I look for opportunities to work with Em,” Jay-Z added. “Any time we get a chance to collaborate on things …”
Ticket information for the event is currently unavailable.