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DETROIT rappers D-12 made a surprise appearance onstage last night (28

February) during a sold-out Gorillaz concert at NEW YORK’s HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM.

The hip-hop crew and frequent Eminemcollaborators showed up during the show’s encore, making their way onto the stage in front of the infamous big screen that conceals the real-life faces behind the animated Gorillaz, including Blur frontman Damon Albarn.

Albarn prefaced their arrival with the announcement that they were going to play one more song: a “song for New York”.

He then went on to introduce D-12, as well as former Special Terry Hall, who presumably showed up behind the screen with the rest of the band, as he remained hidden from view.

The expanded line-up performed ‘911’, the track that they all collaborated on and recorded just days after the September 11 attacks on the US. The highly political song remains available online, although it has never received a commercial release.

‘911’ closed out a show that featured live renditions of most of the tracks off Gorillaz‘ self-titled debut album, as well as the B-side ‘Dracula’.