Monday, 22 March 2010
MTV: 50 Cent Live In Birmingham - The Review!
Skepta was a supporting act for the show and he had just finished his last verse of his latest single ‘Bad Boy’ by the time I had reached my seat, but I’ve seen Skeppy perform many a time so it wasn’t a major loss, although he had the crowd going hysterical by the sounds of it. 15 minutes later Fiddy entered the stage and he had his Cody Lloyd Banks by his side and the crowd went ballistic. All types of people were there and it was actually quite shocking to see to be honest, there were 9-year-old white kids, to 50 year old Jamaican folk screaming for 50 like they just saw Jesus, or someone of that calibre.
The first track that Mr. Jackson performed was ‘Candy Shop’ and that got the crowd on a hype and everyone was in sing-along mode, women were throwing bras on stage and all sorts (I’m not actually lying), it was quite a spectacle. 50 then went into hits such as 'P.I.M.P' and 'In Da Club' (which brought back some memories) and then he slowly got into tracks off his latest 'Before I Self Distruct' album with 'Do You Think About Me', 'Baby By Me' et al. To be honest the show was a bit samey throughout with 50 flexing his chest like some page 3 girl all night long and waving one hand in the air in the same motion, there was nothing spectacular about this show, but when ‘Many Men’ came on I did have to get up and show my appreciation for the tune as that is possibly one of my favourite hip-hop tunes, like ever, the lyrics are so relevant in so many ways. I liked the way he had a live band though, it did add that extra bit of effort.
If I had any advice on how 50 could better his live shows (not that he will ever read this or anything) I would say that he needs to go to a Lil Wayne concert (when he comes out of prison, of course) and see how his shows are, they’re exciting, there’s mad amounts of energy and even down to the graphics used are on next levels. It was like he was rapping on road, but instead he was in front of thousands of people, but I’m not one to hate, because in all fairness I’m not the one going back home to a huge mansion and Bentley am I? AM I? NO!
This also appeared over at MTV: HERE