Holy strange bedfellows! The rumors are true. Patrick Stump has confirmed to Billboard that 50 Cent will join Fall Out Boy on tour this month as the opening act for five shows beginning April 14 in Denver. Stump is already anticipating the fan backlash: “If you don’t like 50Cent, if you’re that stuck-up that you’re going to stand there andhate him actively, then go to the concession stand during (hisset),” he told Billboard. “Go get a T-shirt or go to the bathroom if that’s how youfeel.”
After the initial “WTF” wears off, this pairing is not all that strange. Everyone knows the boys of FOB are wannabe rappers anyway (and, hello, Lil’ Wayne and Pharrell guest spots on Folie a Deux). And hip-hop and rock have a long collaborative history. The Hives, She Wants Revenge and, uh, Fall Out Boy worked with Timbaland on his Shock Value album. Eminem toured with Papa Roach and Limp Bizkit back in the day. And what would the world be like had Aerosmith and Run D.M.C. not made “Walk This Way”?
What do you think, Mixers? Is a Fall Out Boy/50 Cent pairing something that gets your blood pumping? And is anyone else curious about 50’s long-gestating Before I Self Destruct album, which is now penciled in for June?
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