Justin Bieber delighted fans at his sold out Detroit, Michigan show on Sunday with a hit-laden set and a surprise — a brief flash of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
The 19-year-old singer, whose love of rap is a longstanding one, parsed through the opening lines from the 2002 theme to Eminem’s movie 8 mile, in a change of pace from his Believe tour palate.
While Bieber is a fan of the 40-year-old rapper, the feeling is not mutual. Eminem famously called out the teen star on his 2011 collaborative single “A Kiss.” The specific lyric:
“Him don’t give a damn about Bieber, do Him? / What a demon, a behemoth, evil just seems to be seeping through him.”
The Canadian shouldn’t feel too bad though, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga were also slammed by Mr. Mathers.
Despite his ever-present bad press, Bieber put aside his troubles to reportedly deliver a poptastic, 18-song show to the 20,000 that packed out Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena.
“Thank you for believing in me,” the singer told the Belieber-heavy audience, according to local reports. “And I believe in you!”