50 Cent at Arena, Birmingham, UK – 19th September 2018

Posted by Bianca on Wednesday Sep 19, 2018 Under Hip Hop/Rap, Rap

Review by Hayley Clark with Photography courtesy of Daisy Denham

Rain drenched the concert goers with an exhausting hour and half long queue just to collect tickets from the Arena box office, patience and tempers started to fray as thousands of eager fans missed the support set from grime starlet Lethal Bizzle. People openly jumped the queue without any official intervention. The touts outside lapped up the poor organisation, selling tickets to fans, some paid in excess of £200 who wanted to get in the warm and avoid the treacherous queue and weather conditions for the opening night of the three city tour.

Coming into a half filled Arena, the usual buzz seemed to be lacking, a fight broke out with disgruntled fans but rap megastar 50 Cent saved the day, whether intentional or not by putting back the headline for 30 minutes he allowed the Birmingham venue to fill up and all in attendance managed to beat the gruelling queue beforehand to see their idol.

© Photography by Daisy Denham (www.daisydenham.co.uk)

As the stage fell into darkness it was time to celebrate 15 years since Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was released. Taking me and others back to days of misspent youth and the year ‘Happy Birthday’ was replaced by ‘In Da Club’.

The atmosphere soon picked up as the crowd went wild as Fiddy appeared in a gold bomber jacket, a guy stood next to me fell to the floor in excitement, as euphoria took over the crowd they jumped and sang along. Bringing a calming influence to the crowd and backed by G-Unit the singer and actor powered through the hits ‘Many Men’ and ‘Gangster’ leaving the crowd bouncing up and down to the early noughties vibe that had taken over.

Strong visuals grabbed the audience with neon lights keeping them on their feet from start to finish, the poignant lyrics telling tales of growing up in rougher parts of the States and the trials and tribulations of growing up and beating the system to become the star he is to so many youth today.

© Photography by Daisy Denham (www.daisydenham.co.uk)

Crowd favourites ‘P.I.M.P’, ‘Window Shopper’ and ‘Candy Shop’ sent the audience into fever pitch, the dirty bass line bouncing off the walls as the crowd sang along in unison. Still as fresh as back in the day with the crisp sound and brilliant beats and bars coming from of 50 Cent, he showed how he was still on top of the game just like when he signed for Shady records. His versatility showed as he stripped back the sound with a cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love?’ with a smooth reggae beat as he took a break from the hits wowing the crowd.

As the jam packed short but sweet set came to an end, the audience cried for more, and having not heard one of the biggest hits from the album surely their wish was soon to be granted. As gold confetti cannons exploded like fireworks spraying  into the standing area, he appeared for a encore of ‘Get In My Car’ and ‘In Da Club’ sending the crowd into a final frenzy, filled and satisfied, “Ladies and gentlemen thanks for coming out tonight…” exclaimed 50 before departing to cheers and screams 50 Cent is proof if you want something hard enough and willing to put in the work then the rewards will be yours as the rap royalty carries on his whistle-stop sell out tour of the UK with dates in Manchester and London this weekend.

© Photography by Daisy Denham (www.daisydenham.co.uk)

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