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50 Cent

Jan. 28
6 p.m.
DJ, Hip-Hop

Between his first two solo albums — 2003’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and 2005’s The Massacre — Queens rapper 50 Cent was wildly popular for his combination of unshakeable choruses and East Coast gangsta rap steeliness. His songs were so infectious that, with 2005’s Olivia-featuring “Candy Shop,” he may have had your little brother, sister, or cousin singing about oral sex whether they knew it or not. Fast-forward to 2017 and he’s long since solidified his iconic status in American popular culture. His last major hit was 2012’s “My Life,” with longtime collaborator Eminem and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, but in recent years he’s remained relevant by other metrics. The 41-year-old has displayed both a loyalty to his East Coast hip-hop origins and a willingness to adapt to rap’s current post-regional state. 2015’s The Kanan Tape showed him embracing younger artists like Sonny Digital (“I’m the Man”) and Post Malone (“Tryna Fuck Me Over”), and he’s recently guested on Bompton rapper YG’s excellent loosie “I Wanna Benz.” Fans are still (im)patiently waiting on 50’s sixth solo album, Street King Immortal. All ages.