50 Cent•Busta Rhymes•July 21, 2023• Maverik Center
Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe
It was an electrifying night when 50 Cent took the stage at the Maverik Center in Utah for his Final Lap Tour. Hip-hop fans had been waiting in anticipation for weeks, and the energy in the room was high. 50 Cent put on an incredible show. Proving why he has remained one of the most iconic hip-hop artists for nearly two decades. Here’s a review of his epic performance!
50 Cent’s Final Lap Tour was a highly anticipated event for fans across the country. Marking the rapper’s last tour before his official retirement from performing. We here in Utah were fortunate to get the first look at the Final Lap Tour. The first show of the entire trek was at Maverik Center. The tour showcased some of his biggest hits. Giving fans a chance to relive the 2000s rap scene with classics like “In Da Club” and “Candy Shop.” With a reputation for high-energy performances and a captivating stage presence, the Final Lap Tour promised to be an unforgettable experience for attendees.
Located in West Valley City, Utah, the Maverik Center provided a spacious and modern setting for 50 Cent’s Final Lap Tour. The arena boasted excellent acoustics and lighting, which elevated the concert experience. With a seating capacity of 12,000, the venue was filled with excited fans who were eager to see 50 Cent perform live. Despite its size, the Maverik Center still managed to create an intimate and engaging atmosphere for the show.
Before 50 Cent took the stage, the audience was treated to rap icon, Busta Rhymes. I had never seen Busta in person before. It’s impressive how fast he can rhyme! The faster he got the more the crowd went crazy. I was surprised by how short Busta Rhymes set was. I wasn’t sure if there were technical issues or what happened but Busta Rhymes was on stage for less than half an hour. Nonetheless, the Busta served his purpose of getting the crowd pumped for the main event.
As the crowd roared, 50 Cent took the stage with his trademark swagger. His performance was electric, and he showed why he’s one of the greatest rappers of all time. He performed some of his biggest hits like “In Da Club,” “P.I.M.P.” and “Candy Shop,” and the crowd sang along to every word. 50 Cent also showed his versatility with some of his more introspective songs like “Many Men” and “21 Questions.” His energy never wavered, and he kept the crowd hyped throughout the entire show. It was truly a performance to remember.
50 Cent’s Final Lap Tour had no shortage of stunning visuals and impressive production design. From the intricate lighting and pyrotechnic displays to the elaborate stage setup, the concert was a feast for the eyes. The use of large screens that projected 50 Cent’s videos and imagery added to the immersive experience of the show. It was clear that no expense was spared in creating a truly unforgettable visual spectacle that complemented 50 Cent’s legendary performance. Overall, the production design was top-notch and added an extra layer of excitement to an already incredible concert. I’d have to say that this was the biggest and most extensive production I have seen at a hip-hop show.
As the final notes of 50 Cent’s performance faded away, it was clear that his legacy in the rap industry is secure. From his debut album “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” to his numerous collaborations and business ventures, 50 Cent has left an indelible mark on hip-hop culture. As he moves into the next chapter of his career, it will be exciting to see what new projects and collaborations he has in store. For fans in Utah and around the world, the Final Lap Tour was a fitting tribute to a true icon of the genre.