Eminem’s “Rapture” stadium tour has added dates.
On Sunday (October 21), the tour was announced as a one-day event featuring Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, 360, Action Bronson and Chance the Rapper. However, today, it was announced that Eminem is set to headline four stadium shows in February, as per billboard.com.
The tour will now include Aukland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney in Australia.
The supporting acts for the tour were reportedly selected by Eminem.
“Eminem has handpicked the now and the next for the debut dose of ‘Rapture,'” showbiz.com.au said recently.
New Zealand rapper David Dallas confirmed participation on the tour when he spoke regarding Eminem’s influence today (October 21).
“I’m pretty stoked,” Dallas told Billboard of the tour. “Eminem has generations of fans in New Zealand. He’s never been here, so it’s going to be huge.”
In June, 360 spoke with billboard.com about breaking into the Hip Hop scene in North America as an Australian rapper.
“When Eminem came out, it was a fresh thing to America, a White rapper who was big,” 360 said. “But at first glance it looked like a gimmick. When people dug deeper, you realized the dude was as talented as fuck. I think it’ll be a similar situation where an Aussie rapper will come out. It’ll [initially] be a gimmick because it’s an Aussie rapper, but then they’ll realize the guy can actually make music. That’s a goal.”
Kendrick Lamar is slated to appear on Eminem’s upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is scheduled for a November 5 release. The two are slated to collaborate on a selection titled “Love Game.”
In August, Lamar spoke regarding Eminem’s advice.
“Everybody knows Eminem’s penmanship is insane, so I think, for the most part, he focused on that as much as possible,” Lamar said during an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106. “That was the game that he was giving me and my crew. Always stay focused on the craft and not indulge in all the other crazy stuff that comes around.”
J. Cole opened for Eminem and Jay Z when the two emcees performed in New York’s Yankees Stadium in 2010.
The line-up for each show has yet to be confirmed.
“Rapture” 2014 Australasian Tour Dates
2.15 Auckland, New Zealand Western Springs
2.19 Melbourne, Australia Etihad Stadium
2.20 Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium
2.22 Sydney, Australia ANZ Stadium