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    Tickets go on sale March 27 for Harbour Station concert

    50 Cent makes his only N.B. stop at Harbour Station April 24.

    Announcing its second huge rap show in just the last three months, Saint John's Harbour Station is quickly becoming the hip-hop hotbed of Atlantic Canada.

    Gangsta rap superstar 50 Cent and the G-Unit are playing their only Atlantic Canadian date at Harbour Station on April 24.

    Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 27, at 8 a.m. at Harbour Station and regular outlets.

    Born Curtis Jackson, 50 Cent is the latest in a long line of rappers who claim street credibility as their pedigree and who have turned a life of crime into a music career.

    Rap star Eminem heard an early release by 50 Cent and praised the hungry young MC as being his "favourite rapper right now."

    Harbour Station general manager Michael Caddell calls landing 50 Cent a coup. It is, in fact, the second hip-hop "coup" in just three months. In December, Harbour Station gambled by bringing in another multimillion-selling rapper, Snoop Dogg, into Saint John. Back then the Port City was an untested hip-hop market. The gamble paid off and the facility sold out almost immediately.

    Mr. Caddell expects a similar scramble for tickets for 50 Cent and the G-Unit, who appeal primarily to the baggy-panted, ball-capped teenaged crowd.

    "We anticipate an instant sell-out," he said.

    Harbour Station will have about 7,500 seats available for the American rapper's concert.

    That's about half the size of the other Canadian rinks 50 Cent is playing.

    "All of his other dates he is playing in NHL buildings, 16,000 people and above," Mr. Caddell said.

    The concert does have its risks, given that the show will be costly to bring here.

    "It's the single most expensive show that has played Harbour Station," Mr. Caddell said, declining to elaborate.

    50 Cent hit superstar status last year with his track, In Da Club, which fired him straight into the hip-hop stratosphere. The track was the lead-off single from Get Rich or Die Trying, which is the rallying cry of young rappers who boast about money, guns and what bad thugs they are. Common themes are robbing, drugging, whoring and all the stuff money can buy. Released a year ago, it sold 870,000 albums in its first week. It was the hottest selling album in the United States last year, racking up sales of 6.7 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a service that tracks album sales across the United States and Canada.

    As Mr. Caddell pointed out, this is a man who outsold chart topper Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne.

    Growing up in Queens, N.Y., the rapper lost his drug dealer mother at age eight and started dealing drugs himself at age 12. He sold crack and did time in jail during his high school years, amassing a lengthy criminal record.

    His greatest claim to fame, which helped make him an instant music sensation, is that he survived being shot nine times in April 2000. But the rapper with the abs of steel survived and the shooting only added to his notoriety.

    Other typical 50 Cent tracks include What Up Gangsta, which kicks off Get Rich, with 50 boasting about his gun and bullet-proof vest: "They say I walk around like got an 'S' on my chest/ Naw, that's a semi-auto, and a vest on my chest." Other tracks featured are P.I.M.P., High all the Time (in which 50 boasts about his drug smoking prowess) and Don't Push Me (in which he threatens to gun down anyone who gets in his way).

    Tickets for 50 Cent and the G-Unit are $45 to $65.

    P.S. Sorry if it has been already posted...
    Natalie
    What is madness, but our ability to see other people as they see themselves but not as other people see them?

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