Eminem Returns to the Stage at G-Shock’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
G-Shock celebrated its 30th anniversary with a bang out party at Manhattan Center featuring Slaughterhouse and the dynamic rapper Eminem. Special guests donned the new white G-Shock watches, the same one you might have spotted in Eminem’s video for “I Need a Doctor.” Cocktails circulated and guests gathered on the massive dance floor as speakers blasted bass heavy hip-hop.
Slaughterhouse hyped the crowd with their high energy performance, occasionally tossing stacks of money into the audience. We were disappointed to discover that the dollar bills were entirely fake, containing the printed phrase “throw it away,” an allusion to the crew’s song of the same name.
Eminem’s appearance on stage produced a palpable, intense energy. After five years of limited appearances from the artist, a break that included some time in rehab, Em’s performance built with slow momentum to a roaring rhythmic climax. The slow ascension to the pinnacle of this performance began uninspiring and even superficial. We almost left when Em beckoned revelers to shout “Fuck you mom, fuck you dad!” But, quickly changed our minds and stopped in our tracks at the performance of “Cleaning Out My Closet,” – a performance that proved to be stunning and filled with calculated rage. In an encore performance, Em returned to the stage to perform his hit “Lose Yourself,” which had Slim Shadys throughout the crowd rapping passionately in response.
The obviously aged and weathered rapper personified themes of passion and conflict, anger and resentment, restoration and redemption. Delivering an exhilarating and long anticipated New York City performance, Eminem’s return to the stage proved far from disappointing.