- The full roster of special guests has been announced for RAPTURE 2019 at Stadium Australia on 22 February;
- The Hilltop Hoods, Royce da 5’9” and Boogie will all take the stage before Eminem, making RAPTURE 2019 the hottest ticket in town;
- A limited number of tickets are still available via Ticketek, so get in quick.
WITH just two weeks to go the wait for Eminem’s RAPTURE 2019 tour is almost over, and what was already the hottest ticket in town just reached untouchable status with the announcement of three special guests at Stadium Australia.
Introducing the full roster of extraordinary talent, personally curated by Eminem himself, that’s guaranteed to thrill RAPTURE 2019’s Australian audiences:
Hilltop Hoods (AU)
Adelaide’s Hilltop Hoods – Pressure, Suffa and DJ Debris – need no introduction; they basically put Australian hip hop on the world stage. The trio have released a colossal 7 studio albums and 2 “Restrung” albums, selling nearly 1 million albums, a staggering 1.9 million singles, and over half a billion global streams to date. All Hilltop Hoods album releases have been certified Gold, Platinum or 2x Platinum and 5 of these albums peaked at #1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. They’ve also collected a grand total of 9 ARIA Awards throughout their extensive career. The latest single by Hilltop Hoods, ‘Leave Me Lonely’, was the #1 most added track across Australian radio the week of its release. This is some of our first taste of ‘The Great Expanse’, Hilltop Hoods’ upcoming eighth album, which is scheduled to drop on 22 February Eminem’s RAPTURE 2019 audience members will be among the first in the country to hear new Hilltop Hoods material live alongside fan-favourites.
Royce da 5’9” (USA)
An eclectic hip-hop artist who hails from Eminem’s hometown of Detroit, Royce da 5’9” shares a history with the RAPTURE headliner that stretches all the way back to 1997, when Eminem and Royce were first introduced to each other at a concert. The pair’s working relationship first took shape when they formed a hip hop duo, Bad Meets Evil, with Royce adopting the “Bad” moniker and Eminem taking on the “Evil” alias. Royce’s name will also be familiar to long-time Eminem fans thanks to a series of diss tracks he aimed squarely at D12, the crew retaliating via their own diss tracks. Royce da 5’9” features on ‘Bad Meets Evil’ from ‘The Slim Shady LP’, Eminem’s debut major-label studio album (1999). More recently, Royce features on ‘Not Alike’ (from Eminem’s recent, surprise tenth studio album ‘Kamikaze’) and Eminem features on Royce’s latest single ‘Caterpillar’, the fourth single to be lifted his critically acclaimed seventh record ‘Book Of Ryan’. He’s also written songs for the likes of 50 Cent and Diddy, and is a great addition to RAPTURE 2019.
Boogie (real name Anthony Dixson), quickly caught the attention of Eminem’s record label Shady Records, who signed the hip hop artist in 2017 after he released a trio of mixtapes: ‘Thirst 48’ (2014), ‘The Reach’ (2015) and ‘Thirst 48, Pt. II’ (2016). Fans then waited with baited breath for his debut album and Boogie delivers on ‘Everything’s For Sale’, which dropped in January and features Eminem (on standout track ‘Rainy Days’). Boogie raps about what’s real and the production on his first record is nuanced and crisp. Equally impressive rapping over EDM jams and more sombre cuts conveying a serious message, Boogie’s risen above the perils of gang life – wanting more for his son – and his output is always infused with authenticity. As well as earning praise from Eminem (“He’s got melodies for days and the skills to go with it!”), Rihanna called Boogie her “new favourite” rapper and Kendrick Lamar has given him the thumbs-up. Boogie opened for 6black on his world tour and also features on ‘Dumb’ from fellow RAPTURE 2019 support Royce da 5’9”s ‘Book Of Ryan’.