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5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Have Missed 50 Cent’s Ravinia Festival Performance


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50 Cent delivered a very rare and special performance to the Chicago-area Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL last night. The rap legend and Power creator/actor brought a huge and diverse crowd to one of the Midwest’s most unique experiences. Whether you were dancing in the pavilion or lounging out and enjoying sounds on the lawn, if you were in attendance last night, you had a more than memorable night.

We hope you made it out to the special performance, but if you didn’t, we have our five reasons why you missed out below.

1. 50 Cent Shows Are a Rarity

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson rarely does shows in the country, in fact, 50 has only performed a few shows in the U.S. in the past few years. It’s been even longer than that since 50 Cent performed in the Chicago area, so when you have a chance to see him live, you have to jump on the opportunity. And although he doesn’t perform often, you wouldn’t have guessed it from last night’s performance. 50 brought a live band and performed a ton of his greatest hits, without issue. Practice may make perfect, but 50 Cent looked like he was in the middle of a tour with his great stage presence last night.

2. The Setlist

While also mixing in his brand new Tekashi 6ix9ine-assisted single ‘Get The Strap’, 50 Cent gave the fans what they wanted last night as Jackson performed the hits from start to finish. Opening with his 2007 track ‘Movin On Up’, 50 Cent kept the crowd entertained with tracks like ‘How We Do’, ‘What Up Gangsta’, ‘Many Men’, ’21 Questions’, ‘Window Shopper’ and of course his mega breakout track ‘In Da Club’, among others.

3. He Brought Some Friends

Although there was no opener for the night’s performance, 50 Cent didn’t travel to the Windy City solo as his G-Unit label-mates Tony Yayo and Uncle Murda joined him on-stage for the entire night. The two even contributed verses of their own for tracks like ‘On & On’, ‘Pimping’ and more.

4. There’s No Place Like The Ravinia to Catch a Show

The energy of last night was something special! A 50 Cent show in Highland Park may not sound like a perfect match, but the Chicago suburb’s festival consistently brings some of the best acts to the area, and the fit was amazing. The packed crowd was very diverse, proving that everyone loves 50 Cent’s music. From the moment the show started, the crowd was on their feet for the rest of the night.

5. He Repped Chicago

50 Cent proudly reps South Jamaica, Queens but that didn’t stop the New York-native from showing love to Chicago. Sporting a Chicago White Sox cap, 50 Cent put a little touch of Chicago into his wardrobe. 50 Cent and Chicago clearly have love for each other, and we hope that he returns to the area again in the near future because last night was one that we won’t soon forget!


Check out our photos from last night’s performance below and get your tickets for the remaining dates of the Ravinia Festival here

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Ravinia Festival Announces 2018 Lineup: Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Jason Mraz, O.A.R. & More


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After announcing a few additions in the past month, Highland Park, Illinois’ Ravinia Festival has shared it’s full lineup and schedule for the new year And 2018 looks to be as great as ever, as a diverse cast of performers will hit the stage at Ravinia this year, including Diana Ross, 50 Cent, Jason Mraz, O.A.R., Los Lobos, Seal, Stephen Marley, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Jill Scott and many more.

Ravinia’s 2018 schedule will kick off on June 1st with a performance from Los Lobos and Los Lonley Boys, and will go all the way until mid September. One of the most unique festivals in the country, Ravinia is just north of Chicago and gives fans a chance to see the show up close and personal in the pavillion or let’s fans set up a blanket and throw a picnic in the lawn at a discounted price. If you’re in the Chicago area and have yet to check it out, this is your year.

Check out Ravinia’s 2018 schedule below, and visit the festival’s official website for more information.

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Throwback Thursday Review: The Massacre | 50 Cent


With 50 Cent having been in court lately after flaunting a seemingly endless flow of “fake” money on Instagram after filing for bankruptcy, I felt it was time to look back on a time when Mr. Curtis Jackson was in a better place. This place was occupied on his 2005 offering, The Massacre. To follow-up Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ must have weighed heavy even on a man as iron-plated as 50. The project is a combo platter of his gangster knowledge and lifestyle, sexual desires and his transition into stardom that implored him to reassure all of his critics that he is still the same man.


The song ‘Piggy Bank’ is a great example of 50 directly calling out his peers hoping they will have the, what he would consider tenacity, to fire back. A problem exists because 50 is taking shots at rappers like Jadakiss and Nas who are targets at the wrong shooting range. The artists he aims at are so far from his intended audience that they may have never heard of them. Nonetheless, he manages to engage listeners with his lack of a care in the world and his undeniable brovado.

The project truly excels where other projects put out by used-to-be or still-maybe gangsters don’t; it always sounds good and specifically to demographics that other artists have difficulty touching. Even though Dr. Dre only produced two tracks on the album himself, his energy spills notably onto the rest of the project. The instrumentals carry a ridiculous amount of energy and mix heavy bass hits with much lighter elements like pianos, chimes, strings and airy sample loops. The simplicity and fun undercut the raw grit. Instances where 50 sounds introspective and reflective come back to back with ‘A Baltimore Love Thing’ and ‘Ryder Music’. His ability to craft catchy choruses is still on display here but they are surrounded by some of 50’s more poetic moments.

Still, the most fun there is to be had on this project is comes in the form of songs that sounds best in three places. The club. The home. The whip. This album may not have the same hardcore gangster appeal this time around but that’s okay. I don’t think artists get into a craft to keep painting, singing or creating the same thing over and over again. This is 50 showing his ability slide onto radio waves just as easily as he could create one of the most censored albums at the time.


50 Cent and ASAP Rocky Exchange Words Over 50’s Girl “Tatted Up Holly”


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Looks like drama is building up between rappers 50 Cent and A$AP Rocky. It all started as A$AP Rocky sent a direct message to 50 Cent’s girl “Tatted Up Holly” over Instagram, where Rocky messaged “HEY LUV, I REALLY LIKE UR STYLE AND WOULD LUV TO BUILD IF UR FREE.” Then after Holly sent the message 50’s way, the rapper put Rocky on blast on his Instagram by posting a screenshot of the DM and the caption “Boy of boy, last time I seen this punk he had a dress on. You cant afford holly I gave her habits, get your weight up first boy. Bentley and better over here n*gga. can you buy that? f*ck you think. I’, Kanye and you Wiz lol.” Nice jab at Wiz too, we must say.

Soon after Rocky was quick to respond on his Twitter, telling 50 that he didn’t know “she was (50’s)” and to “quit acting like a jealous sugar daddy.” Get your popcorn ready and check to see if the tension builds up. Check out the messages below.

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Throwback Thursday Review: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ | 50 Cent

Get Rich Or Die Tryin'

On Thursdays we review albums that are considered “classic”. This week it’s the classic album that pushed gangsta rap to new heights, 50 Cent’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ This is certainly one of the best debut albums by a rapper (in the conversation with Nas’ Illmatic and Kanye West’s The College Dropout). The 2002 album, released by Eminem’s Shady Aftermath and Interscope, was made popular by the radio hit ‘In Da Club’ (and bonus track ‘Wanksta’) but received its vast critical acclaim by the realness and vividness in 50’s gangsta rap.

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Eminem’s SHADYXV Tracklist and Cover Art Revealed, Features Big Sean, Danny Brown and More!


Here is the official track list for the Shady Records album, SHADYXV!  The double album is a collection of greatest hits and compilation of all new music.  More info coming soon!

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EP Review: The Beauty of Independence | G-Unit


Following the recent trend of surprise releases, soon after the MTV’s Video Music Awards (often one of the biggest days in music), the legendary rap group G-Unit (comprised of 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, Kidd Kidd and Lloyd Banks) released a surprise 6-track EP. The Beauty of Independence gives us another taste of early 2000s rap nostalgia from G-Unit, and even sprinkles in a 50 Cent shot aimed at Jay-Z.

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