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Posted by Robert
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8/3/2003 5:26:58 AM

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50 Cent's ego may be getting himself in trouble on tour with Jay-Z. Neva Chonin of the San Francisco Chronicle was on hand at the rapper's show at Saturday's Rock the Mic tour at the Shoreline Amphitheatre where he told the crowd, "The longer I'm onstage, the less you'll see of Jay-Z. I could play another hour -- tell them to kick me off the tour. Then no one will come out to see it." Chonin said that headliner Jay-Z "managed to deliver a more compelling performance than his cocky co-headliner. Wearing fatigues, he exuded quiet authority rather than bravado as he prowled through a military-themed set."

Some ' highlights' of this article include this description of 50's performance:

" Performing in front of a backdrop of his native New York, 50 Cent relied more on his charisma than his talent as he delivered material from "Get Rich or Die Tryin'." He reminded the crowd of his hard-won street credibility -- including being shot nine times -- by stripping down to a bulletproof vest and then, to show his bravado (and his tattoos), removing the vest to display his buffed bare chest.

If the bare torso and the gunshot percussion punctuating nearly every song evoked memories of Tupac Shakur, they were meant to: 50 Cent seems to be crafting himself as Pac's heir, going so far as to juxtapose his own image with the late rapper's during a tribute to Shakur and Biggie Smalls. It was a grand and premature display of hubris".....

" Many Men (Wish Death)." The remainder of the 50-minute set found 50 Cent inexplicably disappearing from the stage or simply hanging back to let his two backup MCs carry his music. "P.I.M.P." and the single "In Da Club" brought the energy up again, only to have it stumble as 50 Cent wasted precious time baiting the crowd and leveling self-aggrandizing jibes at other artists. At times his vocals were lost altogether beneath a bass beat that boomed at teeth- chattering levels"....

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