I had the pleasure of doing security for the 50 Cent... G-Unit... concert last night... Thought I'd post up my review.
First, to help you understand a bit of background, rappers love their gunshot sounds... Before, during and after every song you would hear a plethera of gunfire. Thank god it was all emitting from the speakers. 50 cent would MIX it up and have the clicking of the chamber sound too... very ingenious. You knew a song was over when there was a loud gunshot... and if the song was a good one they'd have multiple gunshots to close. Kind of handy if you're not into the "rap scene" cuz then you know to stop bobbing your head (or if you are a 16 year old female you can stop gyrating your hips for a couple moments).
Between songs the artists love to talk about the hood, the ghetto and who they are friends with. They belittle the audience through this process, building up their mystique as "gangsta rappers".
They do love to give props out to god and who of their buddies have fallen in their lifetime. Most notably Gorrila Unit (yup he's 50-cent, took me a bit to understand they are one and the same) led a sombre chant of "when I say 2 you say PAC, 2-PAC 2 PAC" and the always "when I say BIG you say E, BIG-E, BIG-E".
the opening two acts I will mention VERY briefly as they didn't belong and the crowds response to them showed it.
fukin SUCKED. No energy, bad sound, bad music and the building didn't like em. When i got there at 5:00pm they were actually working on their act... very well thought out. "hey guys, when I yell out VAN CITY THROW YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR we should all wave like this" and the entourage would work on the appropriate way to dangle their hands in the air... it was quite humourous.
David Banner was a bit better. HUGE african american dood who came from Mississippi and wasn't afraid to tell everyone how he came from nothing and we are so lucky blah blah blah. He was entertaining though and ran through the crowd (high fived my shoulder... yuck sweaty rapper syndrome). He seemed like a nice guy though and was the first artist to get the floor to actually stand up for a while. David Banner really wanted people to buy his album. In fact he had his homeys holding up giant posters promoting his albums during his entire set and he mentioned their purchase many times. That was a desperate and lame act I found and degraded his overall energetic performance.
50 Cent's first 6 songs were DOPE! So much energy and had the crowd in a good frenzy. You had to savour this moment, it was the only really good part of the whole evening. Then he started playing crap and remixes and you couldn't sing along and you didn't know what was going on.
The YOUNG hoochies were plentiful. I can see why schools have set a limit for amount of skin... not just the TOP of the thong was showing at this concert... It's like a couple of them took a strip of toilet paper and wrapped it around their waist....seriously. I had a problem in my section where the crowd was tossing coins at a particular "van city biyatch" who was cooling herself by rolling up her 3" tube top and pinching the top and bottom of her 3" mini skirt together with her hands... yes her red thong was from La-Senza... i think i bought my wife a similar piece...
oh... and I must have heard,
"VAN CITY BITCHES LEMME HEAR YOU SAY YOOOOOOOOO"!
about a MILLION times... (or something to that effect)
Anyways, the show was built on 6 50 Cent hits... and those hits were BUMPIN. The bass was HUGE and the crowd was going nuts. The surrounding acts were pretty amateur at best and luckily they were the OPENING acts or you would have left pissed off.