• May 13, 2009

Slim Shady plays an assembly line worker in 8 Mile

Sure, thousands of auto workers may be losing their jobs, but don't think they've got nowhere to go. Following similar overtures made by Jay Leno and Michigan restauranteur A.J. O'Neil, Slim Shady will be putting on a free concert for Detroit's unemployed auto workers. But on top of playing for the downtrodden in his home town, Eminem will also be sayin' hello to Hollywood with 200 of his fellow Detroiters.

The concert is a joint effort between Slim (who played an assembly-line worker in the semi-autobiographical film 8 Mile) and Jimmy Kimmel, on whose show Eminem will be appearing and performing (presumably and somewhat ironically, in the Pontiac Garage). Kimmel and Matthers felt it was important to show the world how the Detroit 3 crisis is affecting "real people" while showing them a good time in the process. It'll be back to MoTown following the performance where Shady is scheduled to put on another exclusive show for auto workers in their natural habitat, where the entertained laid-off workers will hopefully be able to lose themselves in the music... at least for the evening.

[Source: USA Today | Image: Eli Reed/Universal Studios]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Good job Eminem! Anything helps these workers in these times. Looking forward to the new CD this weekend.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sadly, it's probably easier to find a job as a successful hip-hop artist than as an assembly line worker in a U.S. auto plant these days :-(
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am a huge eminem fan ... and if this can help those workers get away from all there problems for a while thats cool with me. And sure there problems will still be there but maybe the break will help them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eminem sucks!
      • 5 Years Ago
      should be a tight concert....... Thats pretty awesome of Em and Kimmel to do that for the workers
      • 5 Years Ago
      this WAS going to be awesome...i WAS one that was asked to go. in fact, my hubby and myself were both invited along with 11 others in my plant. BUT......as of 3pm on THURSDAY, our regional union took it away from us. they literally GAVE AWAY OUR SPOTS to other people.
      best part.....THEY DIDNT PLAN ON CALLING AND TELLING US!!
      good thing i called and demanded to have more info, or else we all would have shown up in detroit ready to take off and there would have been no reason for it.

      thanks anyway eminem and jimmy. we appreciate the thought. but our union politics screwed us over. so much for solidarity i guess......
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet a lot of them would rather just have the $$ it costs to take them there and concert costs.

      Still, very cool of Eminem and Jimmy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take a gift horse, no thanks on the McRapper.

        I believe reorganizing my sock drawer would probably take precedent over this event. Also my ice tray needs to be restocked.

        Too bad Justin Timberlake couldn't make it. At least he CAN rap...
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are actually saying that Timberlake can rap better than Eminem? I'm not even a rap fan and I know how asinine that statement is. I may not like most of his music from a genre standpoint but even I can see how talented Eminem is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's that old saying? Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is pretty cool of Eminem and Jimmy Kimmel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's nice of Eminem but I would rather go and see The Game,I like his music a lot more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not too shabby, I mean it's free, right?
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