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ARTS ENTERTAINMENT The Chronicle

September 22, 2010

BACK ON TOP

Eminem returns to rapping glory after Yankee Stadium show

After a long absence from the rap world, Eminem proved By Daniela Appolonia he is worthy of gaining back his & Nicole Fano rightful spot on top. After some time off, Vibe Magazine voted Eminem “Best Rapper Alive” in 2008. He beat out other rappers like Jay-Z, Nas, Kanye West, and T.I. to earn the coveted title. The rapper’s previous album, “Relapse,” proved slightly disappointing in sales and reactions from listeners. Many didn’t understand the message he tried to convey, and were turned off by his intense look into addiction, death and rehab. “As much as I love Eminem, I grew up listening to him and I have to say that his previous albums were my favorites,” junior Jay Milde said. “Not that his current stuff isn’t good, in fact it’s great. I just have fond memories and just enjoy his older albums [The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show] more.” Eminem’s career slowed shortly after winning acclaim for his acting and music for “8 Mile.” It took seven years for Eminem to reach No. 1 again, after “Lose Yourself ” topped the charts in 2002. Eminem struck magic when he collaborated with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent on “Crack a Bottle” in 2009. However, Eminem has finally given fans what they have been waiting for — “Recovery.” His seventh studio album is his step back into the spotlight with incredible rhymes, deep lyrics and radio-ready hits. “Eminem has been so successful because he is real,” Milde said. “He writes rhymes about what he is feeling, and what he is going through: his struggles with drugs, divorce and his relationship with his daughter. Eminem has not conformed to the media; he is generally real and raw.” Collaborations with some of music’s hottest artists, like Rihanna, also helped Eminem’s cause in demonstrating how serious of a record he wanted to make. In its first week of release, “Recovery” sold just over 740,000 copies, according to Billboard. As if that isn’t enough, Eminem’s epic two-day show at Yankee Stadium became one of the biggest hip-hop concerts ever. He performed alongside some of the most coveted artists in modern music, inlcluding Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Drake, B.O.B., entertaining two sold-out crowds. And headliner Eminem demonstrated his readiness to regain his crown in the music world. “This show was unreal,” junior Neil Brown said. “The atmosphere of Yankee Stadium and everyone there was incomparable to anything I have experienced before.” Brown especially noticed Eminem’s new outlook on life through his performance based on stage presence alone. “It’s apparent that he is grateful to be up there doing what he loves,” he said. “The best part of the concert was looking out into the crowd and just seeing tens of thousands of people waving their arms and going crazy. It was awesome to see the influence these artists had on the entire crowd.”

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Vampire Weekend erupts in Holyoke By Reid Engwall Staff Writer Vampire Weekend played in Holyoke, Mass. on Sept. 13, and the band is arguably one of the best acts touring today. The event took place at outside venue Mountain Park, which is nearly impossible to find. The forested venue, described by lead singer Ezra Koenig as “The Haunted Hills of Holyoke,” provided a perfect backdrop for a band that takes their name from a mythical race of blood suckers. Holyoke was the band’s second stop on their “Massachusetts Saga,” first playing a show at the Bank of

America Pavilion in Boston the night before. Opening up for Vampire Weekend was the emo-pop female quartet known as the Dum Dum Girls, and an ambient piano driven indie-pop group called Beach House. The two opening acts, while not nearly as energetic as the main event, drew a good sized crowd of enthusiast fans and applause at the end of their sets. After a mere ten minutes of set-up, the stage lit up yellow, causing the scattered groups of people to rush toward it. Almost instantly, the band came out hopping and crip-walking to DJ Khaled’s “All I Do is Win,” which came to a victorious arms-raised climax

as T-Pain proclaims “Every time I step up in the buildin’ everybody hands go up.” Ezra Koenig, the quirky leader of the group, addressed the crowd stating how happy the band felt to be in Western Massachusetts for the first time, and then caused an eruption by picking out the opening riff to the band’s new hit “Holiday.” From that point, the band took off playing every track available on their discography so far, including a cover in their own jangly indie-rock style, of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down.” The vibe was incredible. Everything was solid for the New York quartet with a couple songs noticeably

slowed down from their studio versions, but still maintaining their upbeat feel. Their initial 18-song set finished with the band’s personal shot at grammar, “Oxford Comma,” before returning to the stage to play their three song encore. Still enthusiastic all the way to the end, the band finished fittingly with “Walcott,” putting forth their desire to get “outta Cape Cod tonight.” The crowd held their applause long after the band exited, topping off a successful first leg of their 2010 summer tour. Overall the event was a success for Vamp Weekend, producing no short falls for the group of former college classmates. The band is currently touring the East Coast.

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