It’s been a weird few years for 50 Cent.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the guy who’s lately been struggling to get an album released, broadcasting suicidal tendencies on Twitter, and threatening to leak his own crotch pics was once the rapper everyone was trying to beat.
But Curtis Jackson doesn’t want us to forget.
“It’s been ten years,” he reminded the crowd at the Shady 2.0 showcase last night at Austin Music Hall (as well as the people watching the live on Fuse), sounding a bit defensive as he added that he’s “sold 13 million records. I can do whatever I want now.”
Of course, the majority of those millions of moved (G-)units were from his 2003 breakout Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which he played in its entirety last night.
Initially, it sounded like a strange proposition. The record was good, but not that good; usually these full-album performance things are reserved for the likes of Illmatic or Enter the 36 Chambers. But Get Rich does have a one thing that can still excite a mob of jaded rap fans in 2012, and his name is Slim Shady.
After a sorta lifeless run through “What Up Gangsta,” the glowstick-wielding audience went H.A.M. when Eminem burst onstage for his turn on “Patiently Waiting.” And, as always, the he brought it. Maybe too well: the Detroit rapper’s famous intensity and animated flow made many in the crowd wish they were at an Em show with a 50 Cent cameo, not the other way around.
Alas, Em disappeared after his track as 50 and his man Tony Yayo plowed through the rest of the album. The show went by quickly, and, in the end, it was a good-enough time. There were the obvious highlights of “In Da Club” and “P.I.M.P,” and the rest of the record still holds up quite nicely.
Fif ended the set with his early single “Wanksta,” disappeared, and then came back out to give us what we wanted: an encore with Eminem. The pair jumped into it, running through “Love Me,” “‘Till I Collapse,” and “Crack a Bottle.” And with that, everyone was able to leave the place satisfied.
Check out the full show in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments: