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Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: A pimp named Sarkozy on August 23, 2007, 12:20:23 PM

thats good to see that behind all the bullshit, everyone gets along

Artists performed and appeared together onstage — all of 'em! — at Screamfest stop Wednesday night

NEW YORK - There were close to 20,000 people at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, and it's pretty much a given that none of them believe what they saw. Just imagine how much they've been calling, texting and MySpacing since the show. Heck, you might not even believe this when you read it, but as wrestling legend Kurt Angle would say, "It's true. It's damn true."

T.I. orchestrated a mammoth hip-hop moment, a piece of history in the form of an onstage party featuring the cream of the crop in hip-hop: T.I., Jay-Z, Diddy, Swizz Beatz, Ciara, Kanye West and 50 Cent. They were all onstage performing and partying together ... as in, everybody was onstage at the same time.

The show started like just another Screamfest '07 tour stop (see "T.I., Ciara To Headline Latest Scream Tour"). Headliners Ciara and T.I. intermingled their sets much like Jay-Z and R. Kelly did on the Best of Both Worlds tour a few years back (see "Jay-Z, R. Kelly Part Ways as Best Of Both Worlds Tour Collapses"). Ciara came out first, did half her show and left. Then it was T.I.'s turn to do half his show, which led into both ATL natives performing their respective part twos. Those second halves would bring the crowd into the stratosphere and give MSG one of its memorable spectacles ever.

During the second half of Ciara's set, 50 Cent slowly rose up and onto the stage, where he and his rumored girlfriend performed "Can't Leave Him Alone." Although Fif isn't on the Scream bill, he might as well be: He's popped up with "surprise" appearances on the tour several times, including earlier this week in Hampton, Virginia. 50 was immediately greeted, well, like the man who runs New York. The crowd got stupid. After their duet, Ciara asked 50 if he would perform one of his songs, and if you think there was any way he wasn't going to rock in his hometown, you're just plain foolish.

"I Get Money" was ... well, remember the first episode of "Lost," when the plane was ripped apart and just about everyone and everything went flying? It was that. 50 brought out some of his wolves: Lloyd Banks, Mobb Deep, Tony Yayo, you get the picture. But it was big, it was loud, the energy level was as high as a satellite. It was that big MSG moment that a superstar who claims he runs the city - in that very song no less - was supposed to bring. It was almost a show-stealer.

But T.I.'s round two was utterly remarkable - and is one for the history books. The crowd had already showered him with love as he shot from the throne hits like "Top Back," "24's," "Why You Wanna," "Rubber Band Man" and "Bring Em Out" - a great show in its own right. But what he did to end his set was one of the few things missing from his career: a coronation at one the most famous venues in the world. He'd done shows at Madison Square Garden before, but never his show.

Wyclef Jean broke T.I..'s halftime silence by playing the national anthem on guitar. 'Clef later ran into the crowd during "My Swag." Then Tip started another cut from his album, "Watch What You Say." After the first verse, a banner of Jay-Z's hands throwing up the dynasty sign rolled down the back of the stage.

Jay-Z then began to stroll down a long runway, to the main stage, in the middle of the Garden. The crowd must not have believe its eyes, because there was no reaction at first. Once Jay started to rap his lines -- "Rap music is something ain't it? The way these pictures is painted/ You swear these n----s is dangerous, the gangsta sh-- they be saying" -- the audience went wild.

After "Watch What You Say," Jay let everyone know the Roc was in the building - and the music brought the point home big time. As Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" started to play, 'Ye himself walked slowly from the runway to the main stage. During all this, 50 ran to the stage from another part of the venue - seemingly unplanned, because Jay and T.I. both looked a little surprised.

But there were no incidents and no signs of rivalries -- as Kanye rapped, 50 ran around the stage like he was doing a victory lap, stopping along the way to bump shoulders and say what's up to Tip, 'Ye and Jay. Then, out of nowhere, Diddy ran up and got onstage with them. Although the audience was rocking to West, the spectacle of seeing everybody together onstage - especially the two guys who have been hyping their September 11 in-store showdown (see " Kanye West Thanks 50 Cent For Much-Hyped Rivalry: 'We Push Each Other' " and "50 Cent Explains Last Week's Blowup, Says 'I Will Be #1 On September 11' ") - on one stage at the same time took precedence They were all smiling and dancing and genuinely enjoying the camaraderie.

Jay-Z then did one of his cla**ics, "Encore," and the show ended with everyone in the Garden unanimously cheering and making the Roc sign. Some fans were saying that the cheers in the Garden sounded louder than when close to 60,000 at Giants Stadium did the same thing a few years ago during Summer Jam.

With everyone still hanging out onstage, Swizz Beatz and Ciara eventually made it to the stage as well, with Swizz doing one of the biggest records in rap right now, "Money in the Bank."

T.I. and Ciara ended their triumphant New York visit with renditions of his "What You Know?" and "Big Things Poppin'." CiCi proclaimed herself "Queen of the South," and rightly so.

Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: Dpleezy on August 23, 2007, 12:24:35 PM
that's how it's gonna go down at the Planetary a**ault launch party  8)
Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: TNGlive on August 23, 2007, 01:05:34 PM
SSsshyte, I got chills reading that. I wish I saw that live just for that Jigga entrance, and Kanyeezy's "Wait till I get my money riiiiiiight."

By the way:

^^^Judging by the snippets of Champion and Big Brother on Westwood's show....Kanye has won the 4th Qt...starting Sep 11.  :D
Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: A pimp named Sarkozy on August 23, 2007, 01:51:20 PM
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Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: TATEguru v.2K9 on August 24, 2007, 09:13:01 AM
Sounds like a monumental achievement as far as live hip hop performances go.

Apparently Hip Hop is not dead afterall.

Lookout for my official Rock the Bells review coming this weekend with Fort-Knights 7.
Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: illmas on August 24, 2007, 01:43:51 PM
Great moments before the bullshit boils over September 11. watch out for the GGGGGGG Gay UNIT!!!!!
Title: Kanye & fiddy onstage
Post by: TNGlive on August 24, 2007, 04:08:29 PM
Hmm, another report about the same event with some interesting observations MTV clearly  skipped.

Published: August 24, 2007

Yung Joc had an announcement to make: “Y’all know I got T-Pain backstage. Y’all know I got Ciara backstage. Y’all know I got my big homey — both of ’em, T. I. and T. I. P.” The occasion was the New York stop on this year’s Screamfest Tour. The place was Madison Square Garden. And no doubt Yung Joc figured that if he couldn’t be the headliner, he might as well act like the host. (What does he mean, “I”?)

Those, anyway, were the big names on Wednesday’s bill. But this is New York, and at a show like this, surprise guests are pretty much mandatory. Yung Joc brought out Diddy. Ciara brought out 50 Cent. And T. I. brought out Jay-Z, who brought out Kanye West. Then Diddy and 50 Cent reappeared, and soon the crowd was gaping at the surreal and thrilling scene: T. I., Jay-Z, Mr. West, Diddy and 50 Cent, all sharing the stage. Somehow, a traveling teeny-bopper tour had produced one of the year’s definitive hip-hop moments.

This was an unlikely summit. 50 Cent and Mr. West both have new albums scheduled to be released on Sept. 11, and the looming sales showdown keeps threatening to evolve into an outright feud; Jay-Z, Mr. West’s mentor and label boss, has long had a chilly relationship with 50 Cent. And it seemed as if T. I. was trying hard to be polite to 50 Cent when he bounded onto the stage, uninvited. (Apparently T. I.’s confrontational alter ego, T. I. P., had remained in the wings.) As these oversize personalities worked the crowd, Diddy acted as a buffer, often putting himself between 50 Cent and the others.

Even so, there were hints of tension. While Mr. West performed the recent single “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” 50 Cent reached into his pocket and pulled out a fat wad of cash as Mr. West rapped, “Wait till I get my money right.” Later 50 Cent made a statement using sign language: he flashed the sign for Roc-A-Fella Records (the label that Jay-Z runs and that Mr. West is signed to), then dragged his fingers across his neck, shook his head and thumped his chest.

Before he left the stage, 50 Cent made a typically provocative announcement: “I run New York!” And T. I. (who had moments earlier declared Jay-Z the “King of New York”) feigned nonchalance, responding, “Yo, 50, I’m glad you up here, ’cause you can share my enthusiasm.” This pitch-perfect rejoinder was the verbal equivalent of a pat on the head, and 50 Cent finally left the stage as the beat for T. I.’s biggest hit, “What You Know,” rattled the rafters.

You probably know someone like 50 Cent: the smiling guy at the party who will do anything for the spotlight and becomes notably hostile when it shines on someone else. You have probably enjoyed this guy’s antics and have probably cringed when he picked the wrong time to make a scene. But shamelessness isn’t often an obstacle on the path to success. Sometimes this guy wears out his welcome, but sometimes he ends up getting what he so transparently craves.

Before the cavalcade of guests arrived, the concert had been surprisingly dull. There were workmanlike, crowd-pleasing sets from the pop-rapper Yung Berg, the oily crooner Lloyd (who moved a lot better than he sounded) and the gregarious Yung Joc, all of whom increased the screams by removing their shirts. And T-Pain filled his set with snippets of his biggest hits and collaborations; he also bucked a trend (and, perhaps, dodged a bullet) by keeping his shirt on.

Ciara was T. I.’s co-headliner, but she seemed a bit out of place, and not just because she was the only female performer in a room packed with female fans nursing pop-star crushes. During “Like a Boy,” a song that spawned a memorable cross-dressing video, she mimicked the swagger of her male counterparts, flexing her impressive biceps. And she showed off her pole-dancing skills during “Promise,” an ethereal slow jam that pairs liquid synthesizers with a dry-ice beat.

It was clear from the start that this was a partisan crowd. Nearly everyone, it seemed, had come to see T. I., the adroit Atlantan who has become one of hip-hop’s biggest stars. His recent album, “T. I. vs. T.I.P.” (Atlantic), isn’t his best, and it soon became clear that these fans couldn’t rap along word for word with the new songs. But even when his stylish stanzas were swallowed up by the arena, or drowned out by his hypemen, T. I.’s famous swagger came through loud and clear.

T. I. said he was happy to be following in the shoes of former Screamfest headliners like Bow Wow (the former child rapper) and Omarion (the former boy-bander). “This is a big move for me,” he said, and it’s true. Hip-hop is in an unusually cheerful, youthful phase, and so teen-friendly franchises like Screamfest and BET’s “106 & Park” (whose hosts made a brief appearance) seem more central than ever. Nowadays no rapper with an eye on the pop chart — not even Mr. West or 50 Cent — can afford to ignore this crowd.