By Chris Yuscavage
The duo took the stage on the set of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend and when they were finished, the pair left it better off than when they started. After teaming up at the top of the show to perform their collaborative hit, “No Love,” alongside a full band, the lethal combination split up at the end of the show for the second half of their production with Em performing his rock-influenced hit, “Won’t Back Down” before giving Wayne control of the stage, who wowed us with his performance of “6 Foot 7 Foot.” Not bad, fellas — not bad at all.
Now, it’s time to capitalize on that success. Despite the fact that Em and Wayne are widely considered to be two of the greatest rappers of all-time, they haven’t collaborated on material together nearly enough. But with their recent “SNL” performance behind us, we hope they’ll reconsider that decision. To help them along, RapFix came up with a list of seven things the MCs can do to build on their “SNL” success. Hey, guys, all we want for Christmas is …
1. An Eminem-Lil Wayne collaborative LP!
The first thing that came to our minds after seeing Em and Wayne perform was “Why haven’t these guys recorded more songs together?” The second: “And how crazy would an entire Em-Weezy album be?!” Clearly, this is a little bit of a pipe dream. Weezy’s working on Tha Carter IV and Em is still basking in the spotlight after receiving 10 Grammy nods for his last album, Recovery. But Wayne works quickly and Em sounds like he’s always up for a challenge, so why not shoot for the stars and release a collaborative album? Hey, if Kanye West and Jay-Z can find the time to do one, you guys can, too.
2. A nationwide tour starring Eminem and Lil Wayne
Em hasn’t toured the country in what seems like forever. And Wayne hasn’t toured for almost a year now thanks to the prison bid he had to complete during the majority of 2010. Neither has anything lined up for the immediate future, either so, why not hit the road together and do something special? After checking them out on “SNL,” it doesn’t seem like their egos clash, so that shouldn’t be a problem. And Em and Weezy are both staying away from booze and drugs — albeit for different reasons — so the support system they could offer one another would be ideal for both. Aw, rappers can get along, see?
3. A series of Em/Wayne late-night talk show appearances
OK, maybe a tour is a reach, but when it comes to performing, why stop at “SNL”? If Em and Weezy want to make the most of “No Love,” there are a ton of other late-night shows that they could visit too. From “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to George Lopez’s “Lopez Tonight,” there are a handful of late-night stops the duo could make to promote their single. Hey, if nothing else, there’s probably still a couple extra bucks to make from the song, guys.
4. A mini-concert at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game
For whatever reason, the NBA made a conscious effort not to include rappers during performances at the ASG last week. The result: Um, that “interesting” Usher performance at halftime of the game. This year, NBA Commissioner David Stern should extend an invite to Em and Weezy. With the “SNL” performance on their resume, there’s no reason to think a mini-concert at the 2011 ASG featuring the two of them would be anything short of historic.
5. An appearance on the 2011 Grammy Awards stage
Let’s take this show all the way to the top. The Grammys are only about two months away and that’s the one award show that everyone is bound to be watch. The Grammys are also pretty open to having rap performers do their thing (remember Kanye, Jay-Z, Wayne and T.I. doing “Swagga Like Us” in 2009?) so we think they’d welcome the idea of an Eminem-Lil Wayne performance with open arms. It would also give the guys an opportunity to branch off and bring other MCs into the mix as well (Em and Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge,” anyone?). Bottom line: It’d be a good look for rap.
6. A remix of Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot 7 Foot” featuring Eminem
Ohhhhhh-weeeeee! Can you imagine Em getting the opportunity to rip Bangladesh’s instrumental? Let’s just hope these two got together backstage on Saturday night and that this is already in the works. We can only hope.
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