If last Tuesday’s T.I., Ciara, T-Pain and Young Joc concert proved anything, it’s this: 50 Cent can still kill it in the right situation.
Fiddy showed up in the middle of Ciara’s set at the Tweeter Center, giving everyone there a breather from the deep-voiced, sucky-singing songstress, who seemed like she’s facing a career crossroads deciding whether to be a pop star or a rap diva.
For some reason – maybe to promote his new album, which after four dud singles he decided to hype with a straight up challenge to Kayne – 50 Cent has been everywhere. He was at Summer Jam at Tweeter earlier in the year, he was with Rage and Wu Tang in New York and now here he was, at the place where he’d been booed two months prior (“Hey, I’m not even supposed to be here”), rapping his verse from Ciara’s “Can’t Leave ‘Em.”
Maybe it was because everyone was sick of Ciara, or because the predominately female crowd got to see 50 with his shirt off, but for whatever reason, the place erupted. They went wild when he first came out and absolutely lost it when he launched into “I Get Money,” complete with an 8 Mile-esque, full-crowd hand bounce as a white strobe light pulsated to the beat.
I have to say, it was very, very ill. And I don’t even like 50 that much.
But you gotta give the guy a little credit – he is trying. He vowed that he’ll quit making solo albums if his latest record doesn’t outsell Kayne’s, scheduled to be released the same day.
It’ll at least be interesting to see how that pans out. Kayne’s CD already has two pretty big hits, especially considering that everyone you know sweats the ultra-addictive, 80s-flavored “Stronger.” Couple that with Mr. West’s high probability for a Grammy, considering he’s only getting better and is now well-respected in the music industry and pop world alike, and his selling appeal seems to be at its peak.
But this is 50 Cent, after all, and it’s always risky to doubt him. People love him and his beats will bump in trunk subs and night clubs everywhere, no matter how absurd the lyrics are (“Some rides go fast/Some rides go slow”).
And if last Tuesday proved anything, he can still get a crowd going.