50 Cent Fails to Fill Seats at Houston Tour Stop

50 Cent took the stage at Houston’s Arena Theater on Saturday night (June 12), and it was easily apparent that his fan base has started to wane. The venue was only filled to 50 percent capacity, but like a pro, the G-Unit general saw the glass as half full and focused on captivating the crowd on hand with his signature laugh and charismatic smile.

Tony Yayo served as hype man throughout the show, urging the audience to get out their seats before Fif opened with “The Days Went By” and “So Disrespectful” from Before I Self Destruct. The sounds of gunfire punctuated the breaks in the action as a medley of the artists’ videos peppered the screens above the stage.

Now noticeably gaunt after the shocking weight loss for the upcoming film, Things Fall Apart, the Queens-native moved about the stage with less energy than previous performances, but Yayo easily compensated with his lively presence. The crowd volleyed its own rising levels of vigor back to Curtis while he performed his street anthems, “Wanksta,” “I Get Money” and “Crime Wave.” Jackson then engaged the ladies in the crowd with “Baby By Me,” “Ayo Technology” and “Follow My Lead.”

Yayo got some shine of his own, offering up his biggest hit, “So Seductive.”  Fellow G-Unit soldier, Lloyd Banks, was not in the building, but his recent banger, “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” blasted from the speakers in his absence.

The crowd, which seemed to balloon to about 65 percent full by the 45-minute mark of the set, went nuts at the sound of the steel drums on “P.I.M.P.” and kept it going on “Many Men” and “In Da Club,” the biggest hit on 50’s groundbreaking debut album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

Before being ushered off the stage for going over his allotted time, 50 thanked all of his fans for coming out and offered up “Window Shopper” from the soundtrack of his first feature film, Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

50’s next stop on his Invitation Tour will be at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL on Tuesday, June 16. Fans can purchase tickets for the show here. —Maurice Bobb

  • Capostatus

    Its obvious Southern country niggaz don’t appreciate real hip hop. N.Y baby. Southern haters.

    • The Don

      FUCK YOU BITCH

    • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmixtapes ms_spittuh

      Who is a “country nigga”?…Last time I checked I’m from a city with 4.2 million people….and I hate the country…so it sure ain’t me sweet hun ;-)

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    • j money

      fuck u nigga its real in the south ny dont get down how we get down we just don like fake ass gangstas like ny rappers htown nigga

    • snitchin is wack ( 50 cent )

      50 fell off hes wack. power of the dollar was ill but everything after that is dookie. FUCK in da club, FUCK i get money, FUCK SNITCHIN cuz 50 ratted on mad niggaz. fuckin pussy

    • 50 Cent’s lost father

      real hip hop? man i think village people were realer than g unit and made better music hahaha LMFAO.

  • Anonymous

    if u consider 50 real hip hop then “you” are the hater

  • http://www.eminem.com Recovery

    UM why dont you guys say anything when he sells out worldwide (Which is more significant) and on all the other concerts hes doing before this one?

    • Fredro Scarr

      Selling out worldwide isnt more insignificant in this particular case. The rest of the world is just late on what US been seeing for years. His demise started in his own region (NY) and spread across the country and (at this rate) it’ll eventually spread across the rest of the world.

  • Worldizmine

    Houston on that trill not that n.y. shit at all!
    Damn 50 bet you miss young buck now when you in the south ha!!!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/noles506 Noles506

    50 Cent is real Hip Hop….Hip Hop was founded & cemented off the battle! not Drake singing an auto tune hook over an R&B beat! I’m not even hatin! just speaking the truth!

    @ recovery I agree with you there, what can ya say? some sites have there biases….

    I think on the other side of it, him choosing to do the whole “street album” thing, might hurt him when it comes to ticket sales…he doesn’t have that catchy single that people dig into, and it’s not like he has 15 albums of material to perform….either way, I’d say it’s a bump in the road…the tour will do well, he’s an international star.

  • Shawn1

    I was there and the concert was dope. It was really personal and he wanted it that way. Arena Theater has a 2300 capacity and if I had to say it was about 1500 to 1800 people there and they were into it. Best hip hop show I’ve been to this year. Can’t wait until he drops Black Magic because he needs to get back on radio. BISD was a street album but he might as well sell out like everybody else and make radio music. The nigga can write songs

    • http://www.bboycult.com $yk

      ^ this comment, and El Tico’s below are the only relevant ones to this story/issue.

      Because I personally posted on Bol & Meka’s blogs this weekend news about Fab, Cudi, and Limewire, and this is what’s presented to the people.

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  • Sha

    Man….The chickens have come home to roost. It is showing… The problem was not only Interscope and Shady/Aftermath. The problem is that 50 has burned so many bridges with his bullshit-beefs that he is in serious jeopardy of crashing. And my people…. Don’t be dissing the south. The south recognizes true hip-hop just like every other locale. Jay-Z and Nas always sell out venues there. Sure…50 will sell overseas. But let’s keep it real… On the global monetary stage, Europe has the strongest money (or had prior to the recession). Selling out stadiums in other countries doesn’t necessarily mean he is getting equal cake as he would in the U.S. or Europe. Even Wu-Tang continues to sell overseas. But they are a guaranteed brick in the states.
    Face facts. 50 is bottoming out. He has to diversify his interests more now. And for those that say “50 is already diversified”. That depends on what you think diversity is. Everything was attached to the G-Unit brand. But when G-Unit stopped being relevant in the game, his other ventures took a hit. 50 needs to diversify. TRULY DIVERSIFY.Quickly!!! Acting is a good look. He has the discipline for it. But he is running against the clock.

    • Capostatus

      Sha,

      You a bitch.Dumb nigga. Wasting all that space typing garbage. Who are u to be telling 50 what he needs to do with his career. If u so smart go make you own 300 million u son of a whore. I wish death on your family.

      • V

        OMG, why would you even say something like that. This has nothing to do with you or your family,so why are you wishing death on their family like that. You probably don’t even know this dude and if you did there is still no call for this.

      • Anonymous

        who are u two be riding 50 dick is he paying u two ride it that hard my nigga just like i said fuck 50 he lost reaspect in houston when he start talking bout our ledgends some real music if u ant herd the radio all u hear is southern artis we just stay sucker free

    • jonny bizness

      sha the worst thing is 50 came over recently to the uk to tour and he only played half full concerts there nobody ain’t intrested in dude no more the word oversaturation comes to mind maybe slovenia or some mad eastern european country that looks like the film hostel and are 5 yrs behind.

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  • Htown Chica

    50 dissed DJ Screw and Big Moe, Houston Don’t F*ck wit him!!!!!!! Period!!!! You don’t Diss DJ SCREW, Nuff Said!!! Z-Ro ran that n*gga out of Houston with them, 50 Snitched once again and Z-ro had to do time behind that sh*t! Why would H-Town support this n*gga????

    • Anonymous

      Quit spreadin highschool rumors, dont you think that shit would be all over every magazine site and in every rap mag if it where true.50′s beefs are always publicized.Quit spreadin hate and keep your rumors on the playground.

      • Anonymous

        Are you from the H??? The shit true, I never blog, I would never sit here and comment on sumthin thats untrue, not that type of chick, and if you not from here don’t speak on sh*t you don’t know, listen to some of Z-RO songz he says it all dumb ass, he states plenty of times he don’t fuck wit 50 so why would we support someone like him. Not only did ro say it Face Said it to. But you must be a lame to not know

        • Anonymous

          Yeah but Scarface did songs on mixtapes with 50, gtfoh, quit hatin.I dont need to know, its called common sense somethin you obviously dont have if you aint noticed your the only one talkin about it, I would listen to Z-Ro but he sucks so I dont. I only listen to big names from the south not local popular underground artists. Zro is just addin to the hype that all started when people was sayin 50 was a snitch and face did a song about snitches everyone thought face was talkin about 50, when in fact face stated publicly he had no beef with 50 and the song wasnt about him.then they did some mixtape shit together. Use your head if 50 was beefin with the south then everyone would know about it like I said his beef is public its the talk of the town when it happens.The only time he beefed with the south at all was with Khaled about him not gettin any airplay in Miami, and Khaled said if his music was good he would get airplay.

          Oh and just for the record I dont really care much for 50, I used to like his music but not since he fell off and started makin a lot of lame music.Im just say it sounds like some ole play ground rumors your spreadin around just to talk down on him.

  • Anonymous

    lol sha & capo. internet kiddies.

  • stuckfresh

    I BEEN SAYING THIS SHIT TO YOU MOTHERFUCKERS! 50 IS DONE! HE SAID DIDDY MUSIC SUCKS BUT HIS SUCKS MORE! 50 A.K.A MC HAMMER IS A FUCKING JOKE AND HIS FANS ALWAYS HAVE EXCUSES AS TO WHY HE FELL OFF! BET IF HE HAD YOUNG BUCK N GAME AT THE SHOW IT WOULD HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT! SEE 50 IT ALL WENT DOWN HILL BECAUSE OF YOUR EGO! AND NOW YOU ARE THE MADD RAPPER! FUCK GAY UNIT THERE 5 MINS(YEARS) WHERE DONE 2 YEARS AGO! LMAO!!!!

  • tommy gunz

    sha:

    diversify yo bonds nigga

  • The Decatur Dictator

    And it begins…..

  • Anonymous

    50′s heading to Miami next huh? Might get interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Just imagine if during his Miami show, Ross came out and them boys made peace. Can imagine the paper ($) and the media coverage? Might be enough to launch both of them back into the strastophere and it would be a good look for them both. I know…It ain’t gonna happen, but still….

  • http://wtf S on my Chest

    XXL and niggaz are haters. You don’t mention the other sell out venues, just the ONE that didn’t…………..

  • smh

    I watched sum vids on youtube…n yh the place was half empty….looks like no1 cares about 50 in Texas….I mean they were clearly not 50 fans cuz they was dead in every vid I watched….he was performin sum good shit like disco inferno, jus a lil bit…I mean c’mon if y’all don’t bounce to that shit…u ain’t even a 50 fan period.his fanbase ain’t dead though….he still has one of the biggest fanbase for a rapper..

  • YtheHate

    damn they always point out the negative in 50s career

    y thou? rappers like fab n ross can only perform in clubs with 500 to 800 people. n theres nothin wrong with that

  • El Tico Loco

    To all 50 cent stans attackin XXL ya’ll must’ve forgot when he was getting 10 covers a year and fif couldn’t do no wrong in their eyes (xxl). Now ya’ll getting a taste of how the machine works and manipulates what people are supposed to like, this move just knocked ya’ll out the matrix and you get to see how they get down over there. Lil Wayne, Drake, Young/cash Money fans take notice ya’ll next.

    • stuckfresh

      you sound stupid! Cash money was hot before 50 came out! during 50′s run! and now after he is done there still hot! people say anything on this site!

      • El Tico Loco

        Read carefully I don’t want you to be stuck on stupid

        Obviously you’re reading what you want to read because the point I was making relates about how xxl will ride with you til a new flavor comes along, how many cash money related covers did you see while 50 had his run? In fact during this time xxl left CM for dead when 50 came along just cuz CM niggas was jumping ship, now that 50 falling off they like fuck 50 and jump back on a reinvented CM’s nuts. I never said that anybody wasn’t or wasn’t gonna be hot I’m refering to companies tryna tell you who’s supposed to be hot and people eating that shit up.

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  • M. Baby!

    Here we go again with these internet gangstas lol. Who cares, we always hate on the next man. That’s our problem and that’s why it’s 20 times harder for us to succeed. Everybody got something negative to say about 50 or Drake. Can you look at it as he didn’t end up just another black male dead, he’s able to provide for his family (something a lot of us have a hard time doing), and he gives back. U rarely ever ever see white people hating on their brothers and sisters for succeeding. Wake up people, we’ve been brain washed ever since slavery, wake the hell up. Be happy for the brotha that he made it out considering where he came from and how he grew up.

  • yo

    I mean 50 might talk a lot of ish but he still the man. And thats coming from Alabama, a lot of people down here still got a lot of luv for Fif. Don’t get me worng, BUT he did F up when he let Game and Buck go. But hell so did Master P when all the soldiers started leaving the tank. People like to see what they seen in the begining. Like when GRODT came out even though that wasn’t the original G-Unit people really loved G-Unit when they got major on a mojor label like for instance when Stunt 101 dropped or This is how we do came out. Like when no limit first broke up People wanted to see No Limit When Ice Cream Man or Ghetto Dope came out, nobody wanted see the New No Limit. What i’m trying to say is people get accustom to a certain way things were. People like the old sound instead of the new sound, a lot of people don’t like to see a change.

  • BeerGangsta

    G-UNOT!! Them Bastard could not catch a CatFish in a Coffee Cup LOL!! They are haters,fake, and snitches! Big H-Town don’t need that Bullshit in the city!! 50 cent look like a Mule with Gold in his mouth LOL!!

  • KLETEWOOD

    When he came to the BAY…he had to bring E-40 on stage to hype up the crowd.

    Was Paul Wall busy? LOL, What about Mike Jones?

    No seriously…okay Bun B.

  • http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/16/magazine/16Leviev-t.html LEVIEV

    why dont you guys say anything when he sells out worldwide

  • Sha

    @ Capostatus … For real? My family? You’re funny. Hey fellow bloggers…. pay attention. I think Capostatus works for 50 or G-Unit in some capacity. Why would any person make a personal attack over an opinion? Be aware fellow bloggers. These rappers and their employees read these things and use them to gauge how the public is accepting the latest news.
    In the words of NAS…. “Yall deal with emotions like bitches.”

    @ tommy gunz…. I see you! You’re funny dude. I thought about that Dave Chappelle right after I wrote that. Mad funny!

  • Sha

    @ Capostatus … For real? My family? You’re funny. Hey fellow bloggers…. pay attention. I think Capostatus works for 50 or G-Unit in some capacity. Why would any person make a personal attack over an opinion? Be aware fellow bloggers. These rappers and their employees read these things and use them to gauge how the public is accepting the latest news.
    In the words of NAS…. “Yall deal with emotions like bitches.”

    @ tommy gunz…. I see you! You’re funny dude. I thought about that Dave Chappelle right after I wrote that. Mad funny!!

  • Sha

    @ Capostatus … For real? My family? You’re funny. Hey fellow bloggers…. pay attention. I think Capostatus works for 50 or G-Unit in some capacity. Why would any person make a personal attack over an opinion? Be aware fellow bloggers. These rappers and their employees read these things and use them to gauge how the public is accepting the latest news.
    In the words of NAS…. “Yall deal with emotions like bitches.”

    @ tommy gunz…. I see you! You’re funny dude. I thought about that Dave Chappelle right after I wrote that. Mad funny!!!

  • Sha

    @ Capostatus … For real? My family? You’re funny. Hey fellow bloggers…. pay attention. I think Capostatus works for 50 or G-Unit in some capacity. Why would any person make a personal attack over an opinion? Be aware fellow bloggers. These rappers and their employees read these things and use them to gauge how the public is accepting the latest news.
    In the words of NAS…. “Yall deal with emotions like bitches.”

    @ tommy gunz…. I see you! You’re funny dude. I thought about that Dave Chappelle right after I wrote that. Mad funny!!!!

  • JustMe

    50 is losing fans,fast.BISD didnt sell,he cant sell out conserts in US.He`s gone Hollywood,he should just quit rap,move to LA and get the whole thing over with

  • Hood nigga

    This nigga is so fuckin scary, he wouldn’t step into dallas or houston ever since z-ro and the screwed click punked his ass.

  • hood figga

    Ever since z-ro and the screwed up click punked him, he wouldnt even step in dallas or houston. This fool is a clown

  • Plain & Simple

    To be really honest and I’m form Houston, I can say that he doesn’t get played at all down here…..The last time i can really remember people actually jammin his cd hard has to be BEG FOR MERCY

  • NoBull

    Im from houston and these niggaz dnt knw wtf they talkin bout.Z-ro aint shit thts why hes only known in Houston lol Im not a huge 50 fan but damn Z ro name speaks for itself and the S.U.C. is no more so just stop it…Moe dead Screw dead Pat dead cmon son

    • Anonymous

      say that shit in houston, in the middle of the hood fake ass nigga, you ain’t from the H sayin sh*t like that

    • j money

      u not from the h bitch nigga we dont use words like son thats somthing a new york niggas a say and for the record if u from houston talking down own zro and s.u.c u for got about lil keke u want last long in the h talking trash like that cause we take pride in our city

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  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    you can blame 50 cent for the current state of hip hop. he made it cool to be shot. he took beef off wax. he created so many gimicks. he intentionally tried to destory other artist. I call it the 50 cent syndrome how fans followed him then jump of his bandwagon. funny how his fans are now drake fans. they follow the cool trend. I saw this coming five years ago. Good news, vitaimn water is on sale.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=82389 jay

    50 will NEVERRRR get into grodt mode ever again.. hes just simply not that hungry no more.. hes got movies makin him millions hes straight u will never hear anothe album like get rich or die tryin.. all he does now is make poorly put togehter raps about shootin ppl n call it a hood album..

    but can u blame him if i had million dollar movies id b off my game too..moneys callin else where n thats why ull never hear an album better than grodt EVERRRRRR!!

  • http://mozilla LI PUPU

    WE AINT FUCKN WIT 50. POINT BLANK PERIOD. SOUTH MEMPHIS STND UP

  • will-n-deed

    50 cent + 50 cent = 50%, u got to love it. That bitch KARMA is a mutha. I love how salty all these N.Y ni99az R. “ATL SHAWTY”

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    THAT’S BECAUSE HOUSTON DON’T FEEL 50 LIKE THAT! Whoever said Houston is on that trill needs to be kicked. When Mef and Red performed here on August 9, 2009 at the House of Blues it was sold out. My sister and her husband almost didn’t get tickets. THATS WHAT/WHO HOUSTON FUCKS WITH. Don’t let these “bar/lean/drank” coons fool you. Most of us are still watching “How High”…..Let M.O.P. or Rakim come back. It will sell the fuck out!!! TRUST ME!

  • Dub

    50 can’t carry a show with the strength of him an G-Unit anymore, which sucks cause he done burnt all his bridges…

  • Jason

    50 is trash..

  • Mitch 3K

    Here come the haters

    Yeah, 50′s star power is dying off, but still he accomplished alot on his run between 03-09 and not many others will ever be able to compete with that hot streak…

  • http://www.myspace.com/nellogello Nello Gello

    Well 50 is the man, so whatever he says goes.

  • Big_Verga

    It might have been half full or half empty but 50 still put on a show for those in attendance that day. That is all that matters, and Z-ro nor Trae have sold out a show. So shut the fuck up and suck my dick, every hater.

  • JohnWhammy

    The Houston Arena Theatre only holds 2,800…. damn Fif?! only 1,400 people??

    Stop hatin on everyone and maybe you’ll get some fans back

  • NAPTOWNNUISANCE

    All yall haters need to jump off the mans nuts, because for one you couldnt do it so why try and say what he needs to do.Your the ones sittin behind keyboards spreadin hate and not gettin paid for it.The problem with his career is he lost his hunger and his music just isnt as good any more as it used to be.You can beef with anybody and keep your career goin strong as long as the music behind it is still bangin, which it aint.

    The last hot song I heard from him is Psycho featuring Eminem which is a very good song problem is the rest of the album was no where near as good as that song.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t even remember when they played a 50 song in Houston, we don’t cut for him simple as that

  • Anonymous

    Houston people don’t like 50 because Scarface and Z-ro don’t like him

  • gift

    @ Capostatus
    east coast washed up niggas always mad when the south stay getting the shine that the east once had four score and seven years ago LMFAO!!!Niggas trying to make gangsta comments on a blog. the game is whack now bro. get a life and keep suckin the south’s dick!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Since when did Scarface actually say he dont like 50? last I heard they did some mixtape shit a few years back, and for the record I aint never heard no shit about 50 talkin shit about dj screw.Thats some dumb shit right there.Why would a rich dude like 50 talk down on a legend of the south who is dead?Makes no sense.Sounds like a bunch of bitches just gossipin.

  • blacc23

    50 cent is whack as hell. he cant fuck with Scarface. fuck that weak ass, pussy ass nigga. he’s just another one of those fake ass wanna be gangstas. the nigga always has beef with someone but has never put his hands on anybody. the nigga is a fraud. fuck all of u NYC niggas. yall arent real niggas. yall let the fuckin’ italians run your fuckin’ city.

  • weasle

    blame it on his marketing and booking promotions..
    I’m from the Houston area and didn’t even know this shit took place, lol..

  • DaTruth

    We on some Big Love – Houston’s Best Officially…50 still jam we just got new heat!

  • crim6rapp

    Haha! LOL @ all ya haterz. 50 Cent fuccin BAD AZZ & i don’t care how many people think he “fell off”, i’m still bumpin his SHIT. cuz his shit goes hard!!! who gives a fucc if his show waz only half full—it ain’t like he need the money so FUCC it! bet he ain’t trippin bout it. haha.

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