G-Unit head 50 Cent is on the verge of giving himself a mini-vacation from the chaos he’s found himself battling in New York by heading out to Texas for the annual South By Southwest music festival.
According to reports, Curtis Jackson will give concertgoers in Austin and around the world something to remember by teaming up with mobile application Hang W/.
Rapper 50 Cent is set to headline a South By Southwest concert on March 11 that will be live-streamed via Hang w/, a mobile app that’s being used by dozens of celebrities to broadcast their daily activities and chat with fans. A technophile who has a penchant for wandering the exhibits at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, the 38-year-old Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist is also an investor in Hang With Inc., the Southern California company that created the app, which has been downloaded more than 1 million times since its launch in March 2013. (Billboard)
The Unit leader also issued a statement to reaffirm the upcoming performance.
“I’m excited to be able to bring my fans behind the scenes and give the opportunity to those who couldn’t make it a chance to experience a concert at South By Southwest,” Curtis James Jackson III, known as 50 Cent, said in a statement. The concert is scheduled to take place at 8 p.m. at the 1100 Warehouse in Austin during the “crossover” night between the last day of SXSW’s Interactive festival and the start of its music events. (Billboard)
Last fall, Hang W/ president Dave Swartz spoke to SOHH about the importance of Fif’s street presence being behind his company.
“In this business, street cred is very important. We’re launching a medium that we ultimately want to appeal to a younger demographic and if you don’t have street cred, then you’re not going to be successful. I think it is all a part of the business. I think the fact that 50 Cent is such a good businessman, he recognizes it as well. He’s willing to bring that to the platform and that means a lot.” (SOHH)
He also offered a prediction on where he saw the Hang W/ app going in the future.
“I see Hang W/ getting really fun, really fast. I think that we’re going to start to see it work its way into different verticals of pop culture and you’re going to have the ability to hang out not just with hip-hop people but with people from all categories of music and entertainment. I see us moving forward with the introduction of different channels of content. That’s going to be a big part of what we do moving forward. I believe as more big names get onboard, you’re going to see even more big names join and you’ll see so much more talent using it.” (SOHH)