50 Cent headlined the Shady 2.0 Showcase at SXSW the other night, and despite a relatively small and noticeably dead crowd – Em was at hand to perform some of his classic songs with 50…

As I said, the crowd was noticeably dead, lacking in response all night, barely reciting a lyric back at whoever was on stage, barely rocking to the music. That was, until, Em came on of course…

Eminem Live at SXSW Shady 2.0, 2012

I’ve yet to see a crowd left unimpressed by Eminem. Despite the fact that Em is somewhat less explosive and refined as a performer today than he was in his prime (looking quite awkward in his movements), he just has a legacy, a mystique and a stage presence that, combined with his infectious music and powerful raps, ignite the fuse in even the dullest crowd of people.

Eminem and 50 Cent Live at the SXSW Shady 2.0 Showcase, 2012

50 and Em teared through some of their classic songs together including “Patiently Waiting” and “Love Me”, and Em even belted out an earth-shattering rendition of “‘Till I Collapse” from The Eminem Show.

50 Cent was visibly less energized and focused than Eminem during his performance, even forgetting some of his own lyrics – despite the fact that he was the one apparently headlining the event. This doesn’t surprise me though, as 50 has always seemed lazy and unimpressive to me, personally, as a rap fan. He’s made some great songs, but he was never a great lyricist, or a great rapper.

If any of you were at the event, feel free to share your experience of the night with us.

3 thoughts to “Eminem Joins 50 Cent to Perform at the SXSW Shady 2.0 Showcase

  • Mitch

    This is why I say “Get Rich Or Die Trying” is way too overrated, people call that album a classic but if you’ll notice the crowd didnt really seem to be that into it……… GRODT didnt age well at all, I go back and listen to it today and wonder what I saw in it to begin with, Give Interscope props for the buzz they helped this guy generate because musically he was never really that good

    I remember watching a Documentary on that wrestler “The Ultimate Warrior”, the guys who worked at WWF said they had to create crazy storylines and Interviews around him all the time to generate intrest because they couldnt get it from him in the ring, he just wasnt very good or fun to watch so they had to come up with other ways to sell him, same way I feel about 50, everything about his success was done well, the hype around his shooting, the controversy around his beefs, getting great beats from Dre & Guest spots from dudes like Em & Banks, but when you listen to his actual rapping, its pretty boring

    lol, rant over

    • Dre


  • hamood

    em was awesome and 50 was great they were very good love you eminem and 50 cent


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