EMINEM & DRE DOUBLE WHAMMY!

Hip hop innovator and his protege play on same bill in London next month...

Eminem is to play BRIXTON ACADEMY on May 1 with support from his mentor, former NWA member DR DRE, who will be making his debut UK performance, nme.com can reveal.

Eminem will be debuting material from his forthcoming album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ which comes out on May 29 through Aftermath/Interscope, followed by a single ‘The Real Slim Shady’ in mid-June.

A source close to Dre told nme.com the his set would consist of six or seven numbers from his last album, ‘2001’, as well as material from his groundbreaking 1992 album ‘The Chronic’.

The gig will come just before Dre releases new single ‘Forgot About Dre’ on May 8, which features a guest appearance from Eminem.

A spokesman for Dre said: “There isn’t a better venue for Dre‘s debut UK gig. It’s expected to be one of the shows of the year, just because of who he is. His career is on an all-time high.”

Dre has recently reformed gangsta rap godfathers NWA, and is now recording a new album with Snoop Dogg replacing the late Eazy E. Original members Ice Cube and MC Ren are both back in the line-up but it’s unlikely they’ll be coming over to play with Dre in May.

The last time NWA were in the UK, the band didn’t play any dates because of investigations from the FBI into the influence of their music.

A spokesperson for Eminem meanwhile told nme.com that the album is “very funny” and continued in the same vein as his 1999 debut ‘The Slim Shady LP’.

A full track listing is yet to be confirmed, but tracks slated for inclusion on the album include ‘Kim’ – a “tribute to Eminem‘s long standing girlfriend”.

Other tracks include ‘Amateurville’ and ‘Stan’, written about an “obsessed superfan”. Six of the tracks on the album are produced by Dr Dre.

In addition, Eminem has been confirmed to play this year’s Reading and Leeds Carling Weekend Festivals over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

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