Eminem Joins 50 Cent for SXSW Showcase

It was worth the wait.

All week, rappers and industry insiders patiently waited on the highly buzzed about Shady 2.0 Showcase, for which first-time South By Southwest performer 50 Cent was set to headline and perform his 2003 seminal debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in its entirety.

Backed by a live band and with loyal G-Unit soldider Tony Yayo serving as his hype man, ‘Fif immediately drew cheers with his opening track, “What Up Gangsta.”

Part of Get Rich‘s appeal upon its release nine years ago was that it hardly featured any skipable tracks, but the crowd was particularly enthused during renditions of “Many Men,” “Heat,” “If I Can’t” and “Back Down.” Eminem emerged to perform his stealing verse on “Patiently Waiting” and then again for his verse on “Don’t Push Me,” sans Lloyd Banks.

Earlier in the night, lyrical super group Slaughterhouse took the stage for a brief set. The quartet performed songs like “Microphone” from their self-titled debut as well as tracks from their upcoming LP, including fan-favorite “Hammer Dance” in addition to Joe Budden’s “Pump It Up” and Bad Meets Evil’s “Lighters.”

Action Bronson, ScHoolboy Q and Big K.R.I.T. also performed to make for a well-rounded showcase. The event will definitely go down as one of SXSW’s best events. —Carl Chery @XXLCarl

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  • Kobe Jones

    That performance was super dope, cant wait to see the whole performance. Where the hell is Banks? That n*gga been AWOL from G-UNIT shows and interviews lately, what’s going on in the camp. I mean Banks shoulda come and done his verse on Dont Push Me. He should stop distancing himself from 50 and the click too much.

  • Dark Vanilla

    It’s obvious if you think about where Banks is. He’s finally got tired of the act. I remember Game said awhile back when he just left the Unit that Buck would leave, next would be Banks, and Yayo would be the only one left in G-Unit with 50 cent. Looks like it’s coming true.

  • http://xxlmag.com Jake

    Fuck That, Bank$ is big enough to be out on his own makin his own money, and Bank$ is G Unit all day and all night, him and 50 and Yay are the original G Unit, Bank$ is out makin money, if it wasnt for 50 he wouldnt be doin it like he doin it. G G G G G UNIT!!! 50 never left, so fuck a comeback!

  • j

    Audience is dead in every video I’ve seen!??! What’s wrong Texas????