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Eminem makes surprise appearance in Royal Oak

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ROYAL OAK -- The real Slim Shady came out to celebrate the re-launch of Shady Records on Thursday night (March 24).

Eminem and his D12 bandmate and onstage hype man, Denaun Porter, joined new Shady Records signings Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse for a rendition of "2.0 Boy" as the finale of the Shady 2.0 concert at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. It marked the Detroit rapper's first public performance since the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13.

Both Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse are working on their first Shady albums, joining a company that launched the career of 50 Cent and has sold about 40 million albums worldwide. But the imprint languished while Eminem was recovering from drug addictions during the middle part of the last decade. Eminem -- dressed in a black leather jacket, white T-shirt and baseball cap -- declared "Shady 2.0 (expletive)!" at the end of the performance before thanking the crowd of about 1,300 for coming out.

Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse -- an all-star rap quartet that includes Detroit's Royce Da 5'9" -- perform another Shady 2.0 show Friday (March 25) at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, but Eminem is not expected to attend.

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