While you would think that a 50 Cent concert would draw out all the 30-something year olds wanting to re-live their high school ’21 Questions’ days, night two of Bluesfest yielded a young but large crowd. Flocking to the City stage in their 2003 G-Unit gear, fans didn’t have to wait long before 50 Cent entered the atmosphere– in fact, he was 10 minutes early. With no crazy 45 minute DJ set to warm up the crowd, he had to come out swinging.
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Starting off hard with ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and ‘What Up Gangsta’, 50 was NOT playing with the nostalgia on this one. Sporting a massive smile on his face, still riding the wave of his birthday just two days before, his entire motive was just to have a good time with his Ottawa fans. It was a tough room, but he finessed the crowd with his arsenal of club bangers like ‘Candy Shop’, ‘P.I.M.P.’, and ‘Just a Lil’ Bit’ among many others. However, for those who enjoy the tougher side of 50 Cent, his setlist was a little lackluster. Perhaps to avoid Belly-on-Canada-Day type scrutiny #NoTeaNoShade.
Of course with shows of this calibre, there are bound to be some surprises and this was a big one; Border patrol must have been feeling nice this weekend because Tony Yayo and Uncle Murda made it to Bluesfest. For most of the crowd, they were born a little too late in the game to appreciate the magnitude of this occurance– but it was by far the best moment of the night.
When old friends come together on stage, it’s commonplace to celebrate the lives of legends they’ve lost along the way. A piece of the show was dedicated to West Coast hiphop pioneer, Nate Dogg, who passed away in 2011. 50 remembered Nate years ago, stating that he chose Nate to sing the hook on ’21 Questions’ because he “had a way of making everything feel hard”. Of course, another piece of the show was dedicated to recently passed rapper, Prodigy of Mobb Deep, as he performed their 2005 collaborative track ‘Outta Control’.
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Without a whole lot of new music in his set, keeping it pretty radio-friendly, 50 did plug his show ‘Power’ and its theme song ‘Big Rich Town’ released in 2014 ft. Joe. The show is now in its third season, co-executive produced by 50 himself who also appears as a character named Kanan (which inspired an entire project called ‘The Kanan Tape’).
Aside from the awkward mid-show encore that left everybody confused and whispering “is it over?” and the abrupt 30-minute-early ending, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, and Uncle Murda gave most of Ottawa what they were looking for: reminiscence.