Of all the major professional sports, baseball is not especially "hip-hop." It moves too slow and largely doesn't have a whole lot of swagger. Plus, there's just not very much rhythm to it, especially compared to basketball or football. Baseball is infused with plenty of poetry, but rarely is that poetry laid over fat breakbeats.
But Jay-Z and Eminem are about to go a long way to give Major League Baseball a sizable blast of rap culture. The two will perform a pair of shows in September, one at Detroit's Comerica Park and another at Yankee Stadium in New York City. While the home teams are out of town, Jigga and Slim Shady will pack a few thousand fans onto the baseball diamonds for a pair of open-air parties that will instantly become legendary. Considering all of Jay and Em's collaborations are top-notch, there's no reason to think otherwise when it comes to these shows.
In fact, it could create a commotion among people in the rap world, which could lead to many more rappers heading to their hometown stadiums. Who wouldn't love to catch Wiz Khalifa at Pittsburgh's PNC Park? Why shouldn't Rick Ross headline a gig at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Florida Marlins? Ludacris could get Braves fans jumping at Atlanta's Turner Field, and the Roots could throw down with Phillies fanatics at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Some stars could even break up the cities, as Queens-born 50 Cent could get down at Citi Field (home of the New York Mets) and Common and Kanye West could split up Chicago, with Common getting the headline slot at Comiskey Park while West takes the microphone over at Wrigley.