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50 Cent Hung Upside Down During His Halftime Show Performance

50 Cent Hung Upside Down during his Super Bowl halftime show performance. This caused a huge buzz over the internet. Some people may find it just another gimmick for the show, however it has left a lot of people confused. Various memes and reactions popped up everywhere and made fun of the rapper.

But who is 50 Cent anyway and why was he even upside down during his halftime performance?

Who Is 50 Cent?

50 Cent in one his perfomances on stage wearing a black cap and white t-shirt
50 Cent in one his perfomances on stage wearing a black cap and white t-shirt

Curtis James Jackson III, also known as 50 Cent, (born July 6, 1975), is an American rapper, actor, and entrepreneur. He has been referred to as a "master of the nuanced art of lyrical brevity" because of his impact on the hip hop business.

The 1980s crack epidemic had Jackson, who grew up in Queens' South Jamaica area, peddling drugs at the age of 12. His musical career took off after that, and in 2000 he produced Columbia Records' Power of the Dollar; unfortunately, just days before the album's scheduled release, he was fatally murdered, and the CD was never made public. Guess Who's Back?, 50 Cent's debut mixtape, was found by Eminem in 2002 and signed to Shady Records, a joint venture between Dr. Dre's Aftermath and Interscope Records.

50 Cent became one of the world's best-selling rappers thanks to the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre (who produced his debut major-label album, Get Rich or Die Tryin'), as well as the de facto head of East Coast hip hop group G-Unit. His G-Unit friends, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, and Tony Yayo were all signed to G-Unit Records, which he created in the year 2003. The Massacre, 50 Cent's second album, was also a commercial and critical triumph when it was released in 2005. Animal Ambition (2014), his fifth studio album, ushered in a new sound for him, and he is presently working on his sixth album. He produced and starred in the television series Power (2014–2020) and is expected to produce the spin-offs of it.

More than 30 million albums have been sold by 50 Cent around the world, and he has received numerous prizes, including a Grammy and thirteen Billboard Music Awards, as well as six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards, and four BET Awards. Michael Jackson has appeared in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2004), the military picture Home of the Brave (2007), and the crime thriller film Righteous Kill (2008). Billboard named 50 Cent as the third-best rapper in the 2000s, after Eminem and Nelly. On Rolling Stone's lists of the 100 best albums and 100 best songs of the 2000s, Get Rich or Die Tryin' came in at number 37 and "In da Club" came in at number 13.

What Is A Halftime Show?

Katy Perry's Halftime Performance Of Roar in 2015
Katy Perry's Halftime Performance Of Roar in 2015

Halftime shows are a tradition at all levels of American football competition. The entertainment of the Super Bowl, the National Football League's (NFL) annual championship game, provides a key link to pop culture, which helps broaden the television viewership and nationwide interest.

Prior to the early 1990s, the halftime show featured university marching bands (the Grambling State University Marching Band has performed at the most Super Bowl halftime shows, with at least one per decade from the 1960s to the 1990s), drill teams, and other performance ensembles such as Up with People. Beginning in 1991, pop music groups such as New Kids on the Block and Gloria Estefan were featured during the halftime show. In order to raise audience attention, the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XXVII featured a headline performance by Michael Jackson. Pepsi has been the official sponsor of the halftime performance since 2013.

The 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show

The latest 2022 Super Bowl Halftime performance
The latest 2022 Super Bowl Halftime performance

This year's 2022 Super Bowl halftime show was an impressive celebration of hip hop and R'n'B music. While man-of-the-moment Kendrick Lamar performed, the other performers — Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and 50 Cent — are all considered veterans of the game. As a result, they took viewers and attendees on a journey down memory lane, performing some of their finest singles from the 1990s and 2000s. From "The Next Episode" until "In Da Club," the show was simply a mixtape of true classics, albeit with a new current touch courtesy of live instrumentalists and remixing.

The lineup for the event was actually publicized in advance, however, the rapper was not included. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige performed during the NFL's Super Bowl Halftime Show in February. Jay-Z, who is in his second year as the NFL's Live Music Entertainment Strategist, organized the performance. Along with the previously named performers, 50 Cent and Anderson.Paak made surprise debuts during the halftime concert. During a recent episode of Drink Champs with Snoop Dogg, N.O.R.E., who co-hosts the show with DJ EFN, said that Jay-Z told him that Eminem had told him that he would not perform unless 50 Cent was included in the halftime show.

Why 50 Cent Performed Upside Down?

The rapper made an unexpected appearance in the 2022 Super Bowl half-time show, performing one of his hit tracks while hanging upside down from the ceiling, check video above. But why was he upside down? Well, it's purely based on nostalgia. According to AV Club, 50 Cent hung upside down from the ceiling during his halftime performance as a tribute to his 2003 music video for "In Da Club." That video featured the rapper hanging upside down from a room that looked very similar to the set he appeared in during his Super Bowl performance.

50 Cent deserves special recognition for his performance of his 2003 smash song "In Da Club," which he performed with a full band. He was the only performer at the Super Bowl LVI halftime show to sing his song while hanging upside down. That wasn't, as most hip-hop fans from the mid-2000s would recall, the first time he spit from that posture.

The music video for "In Da Club" features 50 Cent in a lab known as the Shady/Aftermath Development Center, where rap scientists are preparing him for world domination. 50 then introduces himself by delivering his lines while hanging upside down from a gym roof. If his last Super Bowl performance demonstrated anything, it's that the rapper can still pull off the act with ease. The distinctive upside-down picture had an impact on the rap industry as well. Bizarre, a fellow rapper and Eminem associate, imitated the music video for "Rock Star" in 2005. But some people ask, did 50 Cent make money for his performance?

How Much Did 50 Cent Make On The Super Bowl?

Bundles of 100 dollar bills scattered on the floor
Bundles of 100 dollar bills scattered on the floor

The Super Bowl halftime show is likely one of the most expensive televised performances, with each light, explosion, or drone costing hundreds of dollars extra. However, you may be surprised to learn that, despite all of the extravagance and high cost of staging the halftime show, the NFL pays the singers and headline performers nothing.

That's correct, 50 Cent, along with Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem, were paid nothing for their live performance. While they may not walk away with a check from the NFL, the ultimate reward of performing at the halftime show is global exposure, which leads to increased music sales and streaming.

According to Billboard, The Weeknd's music sales increased 385 percent following his performance last year. Streaming of his tracks on apps like Spotify and Apple Music surged by almost 41%, according to Billboard. According to Forbes, The Weeknd's most famous song, "Blinding Lights," saw a massive increase in streams during the halftime show, eventually topping 2 billion streams in February 2021 and becoming the second-most streamed song on Spotify worldwide. Other performers have enjoyed comparable increases in popularity following their Super Bowl debuts. According to Newsweek, Jennifer Lopez's Spotify streams climbed by 335 percent after the Super Bowl, while Shakira's increased by 230 percent.

Conclusion

People may not understand someone's behavior. They may actually find them weird or funny, but whether we admit or not there are still things from the past that we love to do and try again. Sometimes nostalgia hits you, and when that happens, you just have to do it.

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