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Eminem auctioning shoes to benefit Covid-19 charity

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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A bit of housecleaning has led to a major Covid-19 relief donation from Eminem.

The Detroit rapper is auctioning a pair of his Jordan 4 Retro Eminem Carhartt sneakers, size 10.5, to raise money for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fun. Designed by Eminem and Michael Jordan, it's one of only 10 pairs created and is being sold -- along with a vintage Detroit Slim T-shirt featuring Eminem in Pistons colors -- via StockX.com.

In a social media post, Eminem announced the auction with a social media post declaring he was "Cleanin' out my closet...," a reference to his 2002 hit of the same name. The opening bid for the package is $10 but is, of course, expected to fetch much more.

Eminem recently revealed on his SiriusXM channel Shade 45 that in the initial phone conversation about the shoes with Jordan he asked the basketball legend, "'Yo, man, when are you gonna come to Detroit so I can dunk on you?'...To me, in my head, it was a total joke right?...But when I got off the phone I remember thinking, 'I don't think he knew I was joking...'" Though Eminem feared he'd blown the deal with Jordan, the two wound up working together on the shoes.

Eminem recently ran a "Love Your DJ" competition for Michigan DJs, looking for 500 mixes for a "Love Your DJ MIxshow Takeover" airing Saturday, May 2, on Shade45. He'll be paying each of the winning DJs $313 for their work.

Web Site: www.stockx.com

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