Mr. G-Unit, Fif aka 50 Cent made music history on Monday (12/17) when he became the first high-profile artist to ever perform in the politically volatile Southeastern European province of Kosovo. According to Reuters, thisis50 drew some 25,000+ people to the soccer stadium in the would-be capital city of Pristina. In the past big celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Mariah Carey had been to the area before, but only as part of humanitarian missions or came to entertain NATO troops posted in the region, not to entertain the public, unlike the G-Unit King.
Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999 when the war with Serbia came to an end. Many fans feared that 50 would back out of the show, due to increased tensions as Kosovo prepares to declare its independence from Serbia. “I haven’t missed a show date in my career,” the rapper told Reuters. “I know exactly what happens when the guns come out. Maybe that’s why they (identify) with me.” Despite the presence of riot police stationed around the arena, the concert went forward without any major disturbances.
“It was super. Tonight we saw 50 and we hope that the next thing we’ll see is independence,” teenager Edona Ahmeti said after the show.