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Saturday 16 December 2017

Healy lends his support to rapper 50 Cent's party night to celebrate €20k gig payout

WORLD famous rapper 50 Cent added some extra zeros to his bulging bank account with a gig in the Wright Venue last night.

And the Herald can reveal how his long-running battle with Kanye West shows no sign of abating.

One of the conditions of his performance at the Swords venue was that "absolutely no material by Kanye" would be played in the 2,000 capacity club during his time there.

Fresh from performing to thousands of fans at the O2 Dublin, the 34-year-old star was whisked off to the northside club to take to the decks for a two-hour stint.

Rumoured to have picked up a cool €20,000 for the gig, the American performer arrived at the club in a convoy of luxury cars and an entourage of more than 30 people.

However, his management laid down several stipulations ahead of his personal appearance in the Dublin club.

A source revealed: "50 Cent is the star of the show and always wants to be top dog. Everyone knows there's no love lost between him and Kanye.

"So one of his conditions when playing at Wrights was that at no time would any other rappers' songs be played while he was there, especially any material from Kanye West."

50 Cent famously slammed Kanye after his rival interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech after picking up the Best Female Video award at last year's Grammys.

And he said that no amount of apologising could make up for what he did to Swift.

"Now in her head, 'My first award was Kanye West'. And it's damaging. I wish he would come take one of my awards so I can black his eye in front of everybody," he stated.

The bad feeling between the two stars came to a head in 2007 when West's new album Graduation went straight to number one in the charts, outselling 50 Cent's Curtis, which claimed the second spot.

Arriving at the venue shortly after 11pm, the Get Rich Or Die Tryin star was surrounded by a team of burly security guards as he entered the club.

Security was at a premium for the rapper, who has been shot at several times, with a ring of steel erected around the Airside club.

He was also joined on the decks by the G Unit, while regular DJs Frank Jez and DJ Byron performed in the other areas of the club. Now on his fourth album, Before I Self-Destruct, his first single, Baby By Me, has seen him joining forces with Ne-Yo.

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