Did 50 Cent diss Tampa Bay fans? DJs, rapper say yes
The facts, according to the prosecution: Before his concert last week at Jannus Live, Fiddy was supposed to hobnob with local fans and contest winners, but Fiddy gave them the slip. So the fans who won VIP meet-and-greet passes did not, in fact, get to meet and greet 50 Cent.
"I don't like the way he treated our listeners, our listeners who actually gave a damn," Orlando, noting that one contest winner left in tears.
The host and program director seems to take some pleasure in noting that Fiddy's current tour has been a bit of a bust -- he didn't sell out Jannus Live, and he had to cancel a show the next night in Atlanta.
In the above video clip (you can also find it here,) Orlando talks about being put off by Fiddy's management. "I'm not dissing nobody, but I told Interscope Records, I am out of the 50 Cent business, so don't call me with the lukewarm singles you got coming."
Is it all a radio stunt? Not according to local rapper Jakeem "Big Cheese" Johnson, one of the VIP winners. In a lengthy open letter to Wild 94.1 and CBS Radio (and copied to tbt*), he called the night "one of the biggest letdowns of my life."
I felt like it was one of the biggest opportunities to be heard by 50 and hopefully land me a deal somewhere or heard by someone major. I come get the tickets and as SOON as I get to the show, I get a call from CBS saying I am not able to meet or greet them. Upset? Yes. But I prayed about it and continued to stick around for the show. ...Maybe it was not my time to meet him. Maybe it was not in God’s favor to discuss business with 50 cent. Maybe it was best for me. I am still disappointed, upset, frustrated, angry, pissed, feel played, pranked, scammed and dissed. It was very unprofessional and bad business.
Big Cheese does note that Wild 94.1 offered him VIP passes to Last Damn Show or a meet and greet with another artist, but he still believes he got screwed out of a major opportunity. "I felt like that was my best and BIGGEST opportunity for me to talk to 50 Cent and be heard by an artist of his caliber. Regardless if he trashed my CD or not, the feeling of giving your CD to someone as famous as 50 would have been a beautiful feeling for me."
Any other contest winners out there? Who else felt let down by Fiddy?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*