Tuesday, March 23, 2010

50 Cent Dublin, Ireland Concert Review, Earns Undisclosed Amount At After Show Party

As reported by John Meagher / Irish Independent

50 Cent at the 02 Arena in Dublin, Ireland Sunday, March 21.

His songs may glorify violence and his heavily tattooed physique would put the fear into any sensible being, but 50 Cent can be incredibly charming.

On two separate occasions the New York rapper, actor and business tycoon invites on stage young boys he picks out of the audience. His sweet discussions with them and his encouragement of their hip-hop moves would win top marks from any parental guide.

And throughout the show, Fiddy -- or Curtis Jackson, as he's known to his mother -- beams beatifically, displaying a set of perfect American teeth. For someone who has been shot nine times, he looks in remarkably fine health.

There is no doubting his charisma, or his ability to rap, yet the 50 Cent live experience leaves much to be desired.

His band favour a brute force approach, shunning the more nuanced, rich sound of his records while regular G Unit cohorts Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks tend to be more miss than hit, particularly in the 'intervals' when they have to carry the show while the main man is backstage changing into yet another T-shirt.

The pair are especially lame when leading the crowd into a polemic of sorts, 'Smoke Weed'. But they don't literally smoke the drug -- as they did in a recent Amsterdam gig.

Much of the show is spent regurgitating material on Fiddy's most recent and weakest album, 'Before I Self Destruct', and it's hardly surprising that the crowd engage most when he dusts off his biggest hits.

'In Da Club', in particular, has The O2 rocking, but such songs don't come frequently enough in a set that's well over two hours long.

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As reported by Shane Hickey / Irish Independent

You don't have to try too hard to get rich in this town.

Multimillionaire rapper 50 Cent landed an extra pay cheque when he arrived at a Dublin nightclub at the weekend, even though he spent a large part of his time there recording material with his new high-spec camera.

Sipping cranberry juice and leaving the more hardcore partying to his 20-strong entourage, the American musician glad-handed and posed with the punters in the Wright Venue in Swords on Sunday night, during his official after-show party.

Even though he landed an undisclosed sum for turning up following his show in the O2, he failed to take to the microphone or even the decks during his two-and-a-half hours in the club.

Instead he left it to his DJ, Wu Kid (DJ Whoo Kid) , and members of the G-Unit backing band to entertain the 1,000 people who paid €15 each for entry on the special night. A spokesman for the Wright Venue said they had been asked to host the official after-show party but declined to say how much the rapper was paid.

The star arrived at the northside venue just before 11pm in a convoy of six blacked-out people-carriers and was quick to mix with the crowds inside, posing with Irish rugby international Cian Healy, among others.

"We were expecting him to go to the VIP area and stay there for the evening but he did a whole tour of the club," the spokesman said.

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more fan shot footage below.

(video footage courtesy of Magichi17 & mahonyp1)

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