Eminem Brings His Army of Soldiers to Help Him Close Out Governors Ball With a Bang
Since his blistering sets at Coachella last April, Eminem has kept his hot streak as festival headliner intact after fiery performances at Boston Calling 2018 and most recently, Governors Ball. Despite the somber forecast, on Sunday night (June 3), fans trucked their way to the main stage to watch Eminem deliver a monstrous performance at New York City's Randall's Island.
At 9 p.m., revelers began clamoring for the self-proclaimed "Rap God" to wrap up what was already an action-packed weekend. After watching some of the genre's brightest stars like Post Malone and Travis Scott take center stage on Friday and Saturday, fervent rap fans were salivating for a chance to see Eminem demolish what was left of Randall's Island.
Like his Coachella sets, Eminem appeared bouncy and buoyant from the onset. With his hype-man, Mr. Porter, by his side, the 8 Mile star ripped through his series of classics. Clad in a grey sweatsuit, Em weaved through tracks from The Eminem Show like "Square Dance" and "Sing for the Moment." After rejoicing about his long-awaited return to New York, Em jumped into "White America" from his 2002 opus.
Fans marveled at Em's stamina when he glided through "Rap God" with relative ease. Without appearing winded, Shady's lyrical dexterity had his fans awestruck. Despite being a rap juggernaut all throughout his career, Em made sure his time at Governors Ball was a family affair. He brought out several guests including Skylar Grey, 50 Cent, Royce Da 5'9' and Phresher for "Chloroseptic."
Grey and 50's appearances were worthwhile as each artist performed a handful of records alongside Eminem. Grey assisted by singing the choruses to "Walk on Water," "Stan" and "Love the Way You Lie." As for the G-Unit admiral, Eminem allowed his protege to dig into his own catalog during his time on stage. They joined forces and performed "Patiently Waiting" off of 50 Cent's 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin' before the Queens MC entertained the crowd with rousing renditions of "I Get Money" and "In Da Club."
Em also humored the crowd by jokingly speaking on his pseudo relationship with Nicki Minaj. In between his set, he kept the rumor mill buzzing after he sent a shout-out to his "wifey." "I know she's gonna see this," he said to his hype-man Mr. Porter and the crowd. "Nicki! Let's do this!" Em continued tantalizing fans when he later quipped, "I'm gonna tell you something about Nicki that she don't even know: We go together."
Em's balanced attack of humor and bars was enough to satiate his rabid fanbase. Even as the rain began coming down an hour into his performances, his devotees stood and rap alongside tracks like "The Real Slim Shady," "River," "Monster," and his former No. 1 single on the Hot 100 "Not Afraid." With another headlining performance squared away, Eminem seems poised and ready to obliterate his upcoming festivals later this month, which include Firefly and Bonnaroo.