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Chris Brown with 50 Cent, O.t. Genasis, Fabolous and Kap G

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Mar 31, 2017 – 7:30 PM

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  • Chris Brown
  • 50 Cent
  • O.T. Genasis
  • Fabolous

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Chris Brown: At age 26, Chris Brown has experienced more success than some artists receive in their entire lives. At 16, his debut self-titled album went double platinum and has produced three successful records since that time. In addition to a sensational voice, Brown is also known for his talented dance moves, being compared to the likes of Michael Jackson and Usher.

Christopher Brown was born on May 5, 1989, in Tappahannock Virginia. He learned how to dance as a child by watching Michael Jackson (and later Usher) and mimicking his dance moves. He was discovered at the age of 13 at his father's gas station and moved to New York Shortly after. While courting by several record companies all fell through, they did bring attention to Chris Brown. After looking at several record companies, Brown chose Jive because of their success with younger artists.

Chris Brown was released in 2005 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, with the single "Run It!" debuting at the #1 spot of the Hot 100. The album's success launched Chris into stardom and earned him a number of high profile tour dates. Brown followed up the newfound success in 2007 with the release of his second album, Exclusive. The album marked his transition into adulthood, with tracks that expressed his youthful energy and others that dealt with more adult themes. The album went platinum in the US and double platinum in a number of other countries that rushed to Chris Brown's tour dates.

With his 2009 album, Graffiti, Brown attempted to show his diversity by branching out from the constrictive brand of hip-hop and R&B that he had become known for. The album's tracks are a mixture of experimental styles combined with dance songs and slow jam ballads.

Chris Brown's fourth album, F.A.M.E., quickly became a huge success, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 and selling 270,000 copies in the first week alone. The album featured the hit single "Yeah 3x" and guest vocals from Justin Bieber, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne.

The maturing rapper scored another hit in 2014 with his album X, which featured a more lyrically diverse and fleshed out sound. In 2015, following the success of his mixtape with Tyga, the pair ran with their collaboration and turned it into the successful studio album, Fan of a Fan: The Album.

50 Cent: More so than any other music since the blues, hip-hop is all about stories. And its stories are both criminal minded and grand, making them enthralling and unbelievable, but also making them only as interesting and convincing as the teller. That's why, despite being blackballed by the industry, without a major-label recording contract, heads still gravitated to Jamaica, Queens' realest son, 50 Cent, like the planets to the sun. 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson 26 years ago, is the real deal, the genuine article. He's a man of the streets, intimately familiar with its codes and its violence, but still, 50, an incredibly intelligent and deliberate man, holds himself with a regal air as if above the pettiness which surrounds him. Couple his true-life hardship with his knack for addictive, syrupy hooks, it's clear that 50 has exactly what it takes to ride down the road to riches and diamond rings. 50 is real, so he does real things.Born into a notorious Queens drug dynasty during the late '70s, 50 Cent lost those closest to him at an early age. Raised without a father, 50's mother, whose name carried weight in the street (hint, hint, dummies), was found dead under mysterious circumstances before he could hit his teens. The orphaned youth was taken in by his grandparents, who provided for 50. But his desire for things would drive him to the block. Which in his case was the infamous New York Avenue, now known as Guy R. Brewer Blvd. There, 50 stepped up to get his rep up, amassing a small fortune and a lengthy rap sheet. But the birth of his son put things in perspective for the post adolescent, and 50 began to pursue rap seriously. He signed with JMJ, the label of Run DMC DJ Jam Master Jay and began learning his trade. JMJ would teach the young buck to count bars and structure songs. Unfortunately, caught up in industry limbo, there wasn't much JMJ could do for 50.The platinum hitmakers Trackmasters took notice of 50 and signed him to Columbia Records in 1999. They shipped 50 to Upstate NY where they locked him up in the studio for 2 1/2 weeks. He turned out 36 songs in this short period, which resulted in "Power Of A Dollar," an unreleased masterpiece that Blaze Magazine judged a classic. 50's stick up kid anthem "How to Rob" blew through the roof and playfully painted him as a deliriously hungry up-and-comer daydreaming of robbing famous rappers. But 50 and the fans were the only ones laughing. Unable to take a joke, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Sticky Fingaz, and Ghostface Killah all replied to the song. "It wasn't personal. It was comedy based on truth, which made it so funny," says 50 Cent.In April of '00, 50 was shot 9 times, including a .9mm bullet to the face, in front of his grandmothers house in Queens. He spent the next few months in recovery while Columbia Records dropped him from the label. 50 didn't fold, he flew. Right into the zone. He banged out track after track, despite no income or backing, with his new business partner and friend Sha Money XL. The two recorded over 30 songs, strictly for mix-tapes, with the soul purpose of building a buzz. 50's street value rose and by the end of the spring of '01 he'd released the new material independently on the makeshift LP, "Guess Who's Back?". Beginning to attract interest, and now backed by his crew, G-Unit, 50 stayed on his grind and made more songs. But it was different this time. Rather than create new songs as they had before, 50 decided to showcase his hit-making ability by retouching first-class beats which had already been used. They released the red, white and blue bootleg, "50 Cent Is the Future," revisiting material by Jay-Z and even Rapheal Saadiq.That's when the unbelievable happened, and hip-hop history was written. The energetic CD caught the ear of supa MC Eminem, and within a week Em was on the radio saying, '50 Cent is my favorite rapper right now.' Em looked to mentor Dr. Dre to confirm his belief in the young hitmaker, and the good doctor co-signed. Floored by the appreciation of the greats, 50 didn't hesitate in signing with the dream team. In the wake of his acquisition, 50 Cent has become the most sought after newcomer in almost a decade. Not since the summer of '94, when radio would play absolutely anything Notorious B.I.G. related, has hip-hop seen buzz like this.Ever the clever businessman, 50 didn't let the opportunity escape him and quickly released another bootleg of borrowed beats, "No Mercy, No Fear." The CD featured only one new track, "Wanksta," which was certainly not intended for radio, but the streets couldn't wait for the official single and within weeks "Wanksta" became New York's most requested record. Thankfully, the stellar cut has found a home on the multi-platinum soundtrack to Eminem's smash movie, "8 Mile." With several huge hits already under his belt, 50 Cent is poised to be the artist to beat next year. He's coming with over ten incredible tracks stashed from last spring and newly recorded winners courtesy of Eminem, who's really cut his production teeth of late, and hip-hop's greatest, highest-selling producer Dr. Dre. "Creatively, what more could I ask for?" he asks jokingly. "You know if me and Em is in the same room then it's gonna be a friendly competition, neither of us wanna let the other one down. And Dre??? C'mon." Promising an LP of the caliber of rap classics like "Illmatic," "Ready to Die," and "Reasonable Doubt," 50 Cent's debut promises to set the pace for hip-hop in coming years. The product of his unrelenting drive, talent and, frankly, his real-ness, 50's official first album promises to do for him just what it says. With his infectious flow and viciously funny I-don't-give-a-fuck personality, there is no doubt that 50 Cent will Get Rich or Die Trying.

Fabolous: This Brooklyn MC hit the rap scene hard with his debut single, "Can't Deny It", in 2001. Ever since, Fabolous has been blazing up the Rap and Pop charts. Currently on the road, Fabolous tour dates have been scheduled at several events and shows throughout 2011. Don't miss a date on the Fabolous concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Fabolous tour dates and venue information.

Fabolous starting rhyming in high school and earned recognition on the local NYC Hot 97 dial when he was invited to rap live for DJ Clue. His performance led to a deal with Elektra Records who released his debut album, Ghetto Fabolous, in 2001. The singles, "Can't Deny It" and "Holla Back Youngin'" were radio hits and drove sales of his debut to Platinum status. He released Street Dreams in 2003, which remains his best selling album to-date.

Fabolous released his third album, Real Talk, in 2004 and From Nothin' to Somethin, in 2007. The single "Make Me Better" featuring Ne-Yo, spent fourteen weeks at the top of the Billboard Rap Tracks chart and remains his biggest single to-date. Fabolous released Loso's Way in 2009 and is currently in the studio working on his sixth release, Loso's Way 2, which is due out in 2011. For those fans who are anxiously waiting for his next album to drop, you can catch Fabolous on tour this 2011. Fabolous tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Stay on top of the Fabolous 2011 concert schedule and use Eventful as your source for Fabolous tour dates and venue information.

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