World famous rapper 50 cent was in town this past weekend to promote Effen Vodka, and despite being on the tail end of an illustrious career, he was greeted by thousands of adoring fans. Some went so far as to sleeping over in the parking lot of Billy’s liquors in Abington (an otherwise anonymous run-of-the-mill packie), just so they could secure a spot at the beginning of the line to meet him. Other crazed fans literally broke down in tears of joy upon meeting their “idol” and “favorite all-time rapper”.
Some fans confessed to traveling several hours in hopes of meeting the G Unit star when they learned of the rapper’s scheduled appearance, and every single one that was interviewed unanimously fawned over Fitty, using terms like “obsessed”, “in love”, and one Brockton resident even proclaimed, “I love everything that he does” while fighting back tears.
From the Brockton Enterprise:
People were able to purchase a 750-ml bottle of the vodka for $26.99 or a case of six bottles for $150. Although everyone had their picture taken with the rapper, purchasing the case allowed fans to take a picture with 50 Cent on their personal phones.
“He was so nice, talking to us, smiling the whole time,” said Michelle Petrosevich, 25, of Rockland, after she got her bottle signed. “It was better than I expected.”
Oh, he was nice to you? Yea, funny how people will be nice to you when you’re paying $150 for some Vodka.
Look, I have absolutely nothing whatsoever against Fitty cent. He overcame a brutal childhood, his mother was murdered when he was 8, he went on to become one of the most successful rappers of all-time, he was extremely polite and congenial at this appearance — all the power to him. However, for a town like Brockton – that has unparalleled problems with gang violence, and drug and alcohol abuse – to get this excited to meet a former gang member/crack dealer that is here just to sell you his vodka, the irony runs pretty deep.