The Hollywood Amphitheatre in St. Louis was charged with an air of excitement and nostalgia as fans gathered on a warm July evening to witness a truly historic event: 50 Cent’s “The Final Lap Tour.” As the sun dipped below the horizon, the amphitheater’s sprawling lawn and packed seating areas were alive with anticipation, creating an electric atmosphere that set the stage for an unforgettable night.
Get Rich or Die Tryin’ Anniversary
50 Cent’s debut album, “Get Rich or Die Trying,” released in 2003, left an indelible mark on the hip-hop landscape and beyond. With its gritty storytelling, captivating beats, and unapologetic honesty, the album shattered barriers and introduced a new level of authenticity to mainstream rap.
Blending street narratives with personal struggles, it provided listeners with a window into 50 Cent’s life, as well as a broader understanding of the realities faced by many in marginalized communities. The album’s massive commercial success and iconic tracks like “In da Club” not only solidified 50 Cent as a hip-hop heavyweight but also paved the way for a new wave of artists who were unafraid to explore their own narratives in a raw and unfiltered manner. “Get Rich or Die Trying” remains a cultural touchstone, a testament to the enduring power of an artist’s truth and the profound impact that music can have on society.
Kicking off the night with a burst of energy, the stage came alive with a dazzling display of lights and visuals. 50 Cent emerged in signature style, a larger-than-life figure who immediately commanded the attention of every eye and ear in the audience. Backed by a dynamic live band and a state-of-the-art DJ setup, the performance was a spectacle worthy of the legacy of Get Rich or Die Trying, an album that for many will remain as one of NYC’s best!
“I Run New York!”-50 Cent (What Up Gangsta)
The setlist for the night was a carefully curated journey through 50 Cent’s discography, spanning his breakout hits to his more recent tracks. The crowd erupted as he launched into classics like “Candy Shop,” “Many Men,” and “Wanksta.” It was a testament to his enduring impact that fans of all ages knew every lyric, rapping along with him as if reliving the moments that had defined their own lives.
1. “What Up Gangsta”
2. “I Get Money”
3. “If I Can’t”
4. “Magic Stick” (Lil’ Kim cover)
5. “How We Do” (The Game cover)
7. “Candy Shop”
8. “Disco Inferno”
9. “Window Shopper”
10. “Best Friend”
11. “21 Questions”
12. “Just A Lil Bit”
13. “The Woo” (Pop Smoke cover)
14. “Ayo Technology”
15. “Down On Me” (Jeremih cover)
16. “Birthday Sex” (Jeremih cover)
17. “Baby By Me”
18. “Many Men (Wish Death)”
19. “I’m The Man”
Throughout the concert, 50 Cent’s engagement with the audience was heartfelt and personal. He shared anecdotes, thanked his fans for their unwavering support, and even took a moment to reflect on the journey that had led him to his The Final Lap Tour. This vulnerability added depth to the performance, turning it into a genuine conversation between the artist and his fans.
The production was nothing short of spectacular. Dazzling pyrotechnics lit up the night sky, synchronized with the beats, while elaborate visual displays brought an extra layer of depth to the performance. The Hollywood Amphitheatre itself seemed to come alive, merging seamlessly with 50 Cent’s dynamic presence on stage.
Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson
Beyond his music career, 50 Cent has established himself as a savvy entrepreneur and creative visionary. His portfolio of entrepreneurial enterprises and projects spans various industries. He has ventured into film and television production, creating popular series like “Power” and its spin-offs, showcasing his storytelling prowess. His involvement in the entertainment industry extends to producing movies and collaborating on projects that bring fresh narratives to the forefront. Moreover, 50 Cent has delved into the world of spirits with his successful line of premium champagne, Le Chemin du Roi. His keen business acumen also led him to invest in ventures like technology, fashion, and even energy drinks. His versatile entrepreneurial endeavors are a testament to his ability to innovate and diversify his interests beyond the realm of music, solidifying his reputation as a multifaceted cultural influencer and business magnate.
All photos courtesy of @CDotvisuals for DELUX Magazine.
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