Eminem’s advice to SA men: ‘You have to be f******g romantic, man!’

2014-02-27 11:33

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American rap superstar Eminem dispersed dating tips while bras went flying at the Cape Town Stadium last night.

“You have to be f******g romantic man! Show her the beautiful stars and that s**t, man!” he screamed at the crowd, estimated to be 35 000 strong.

The 41-year-old singer from the US city of Detroit was joined on stage by nine musicians.

Female fans snapped off their bras and marijuana smoke curled above the audience.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, once nearly died of a drug overdose, but cleaned up his act and now has a squeaky-clean backstage rider.

The singer, who also goes by the alias Slim Shady, won various awards for his 2010 album Recovery, which is about escaping excess.

On Wednesday night, he acknowledged the dagga scent.

Staring out over the sea of rippling fans, he said: “I see a lot of people here who look like they’re f****d on drugs.

“Well, I don’t do that stuff any more, but I’ll take you back to that time when I used to get f****d up,” he said, before launching into his 2000 hip-hop club anthem The Real Slim Shady and other hits.

The mercury hovered well above 30° C after sunset at the Cape Town Stadium, and refreshment stands soon ran out of cool drinks.

Ice-cream seller Tevin Kleinsmit from Manenberg on the Cape Flats couldn’t believe his luck to be working at an Eminem concert. “Yes I’m a great fan, this is cool,” he said.

To one side of the stand, Gerald Meyer, Cyril de Kock and Tommie Prins, from Cape Town, were jiving in their wheel chairs.

Eminem and his entourage stayed on a palm-fringed island in the marina flanking the five-star One&Only Hotel, where he tucked into a seafood dinner at Nobu Restaurant on Tuesday.

A waitress at the hotel said security at the premises had been tightened but that the hip-hop star and his staff were friendly.

Eminem refused media ­interviews in the run-up to the SA leg of his Rapture 2014 Tour, which heads to Joburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday.

A recent rider advised concert promoters that only pickles by the premier German brand Gundelsheim will suffice in his backstage dressing rooms. Other items required by the rapper include low-fat yoghurt, peanut butter, jumbo shrimps and Swiss mild cheddar cheese.

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