50 Cent Brings Out Eminem ForShady 2.0 SXSW Showcase


Nine years ago, 50 Cent ** burst
into mainstream hip-hop — with
the help of co-executive producer
Eminem ** — on his proper debut,
“Get Rich or Die Tryin.'” The
album’s street credibility was
depicted through refreshing
gangsta lyricism and marketable
singles, and earned 50 his first
Billboard 200 No. 1 album.
Fast forward to Friday night
(March 16), when 50 Cent
revisited the successful album
with an anniversary concert,
‘Shady 2.0,’ at SXSW. At 11 p.m. 50
Cent walked onto the stage of
Austin Music Hall wearing a
camouflage bulletproof vest,
reminiscent of 50’s persona circa
’03.
SXSW FRIDAY: 10 THINGS SEEN &
HEARD
50 ran through “Get Rich or Die
Tryin'” at a fast pace, at times
forgetting his lyrics and laughing
it off. Fortunately, close friend and
G-Unit member, Tony Yayo **,
was right by 50’s side, never
missing a beat or a forgotten
verse.
Mid-show, 50’s introduced his
artists Previous Paris and Kid Kid
to SXSW. Both performed “Do
Your Thing,” while 50 changed is
‘fit for the second time.
Eminem, rumored to make an
appearance from the moment the
concert was announced, indeed
joined 50 on stage. Both rhymed
to “Patiently Waiting” alongside
each other, and later closed the
show together with 50’s
freestyle, “Till I Collapse,” “Don’t
Push Me” — sans Lloyd Banks ** —
and Eminem’s own “Crack a
Bottle.”
“We out of here,” Eminem after
thanking those in attendance. “I
want to stay,” 50 then said, with
his signature smile, before
walking off as well.

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