Lessay 50 Cent

A decade past his commercial prime, 50 Cent remains so constantly in the news he’s almost become background noise. Whether that’s mocking Floyd Mayweather, beefing with Jimmy Iovine over headphones, throwing out a terrible first pitch, editing a New York Daily News gossip column or posting topless photos of his ex, Chelsea Handler.

Like Queen Latifah, Will Smith and Diddy, his ability to sustain a career no longer has that much to do with his songs. He’s financially secure, successful in various field and, sometimes, doesn’t seem especially hungry. His 2014 album, ironically titled Animal Ambition, fell flat, contributing to something less than a groundswell of enthusiasm for his upcoming album Street King Immortal.

But perhaps there should be one. There are many signs that 50 and his newly reunited G-Unit crew could soon have us feeling like it’s 2003 all over again. The group’s mostly overlooked August mixtape, The Beauty of Independence, has some real gems, most notably Changes, with its devastatingly honest verses from the newest G-Unit member, Kidd Kidd, and 50 himself, who raps “I’m back at the drawing board, somebody call Eminem.” In fact, the crew is on something of a roll. It has an anticipated EP called The Beast Is G-Unit due out imminently, and 50 himself seems newly invigorated.

To be sure, it can be difficult to take anything 50 says too seriously. He famously promised to retire if Kanye’s Graduation bested his album Curtis in first-week sales (it did; he didn’t). He mocked Fat Joe for his independent distribution deal, but 50 himself has since taken a similar deal, after parting ways with Interscope. In 2008 he released a personal phone conversation with Young Buck crying, and in April he insisted G-Unit wasn’t getting back together – calling Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo “half retarded” – but he had reunited with them by June, at Summer Jam.

50 Cent: ‘My life before this wasn’t a whole lot of fun’

50 Cent is my favorite interview I’ve ever done. What makes him catnip to journalists is that he’ll speak off the cuff, and insult anyone at any time. That includes the people closest to him, and he sometimes incorporates harsh truths. To hear him tell it, part of the reason he fell out with G-Unit was that the other members, particularly Yayo, were lazy. “We supposed to hustle to eat,” he told XXL in June. “We supposed to get what we supposed to get, not have things handed to us because nobody never gave me nothing. It may be my fault for enabling them at points.”

He was both their blessing and their curse, he continued, making them wealthy but not pushing them to develop themselves. (Never mind that Yayo takes credit for shaping the G-Unit brand, nearly getting his family killed in the process.) They were finally rejuvenated last year, though, 50 added, because they finally realized how much they needed him: “They all ready to work. They been on ice long enough.”

As self-aggrandising as this statement is, there may be truth to it. As Nah I’m Talking About, Watch Me and other songs released since then have demonstrated, G-Unit sounds hungrier and, as their leader said, more focused. He has been humbled by his diminishing album sales, and personal pride has always driven him more than just about anything else. This is a man who said he would rather die trying to get rich than live humbly, after all.

Finding a way to succeed commercially without Dr Dre is going to be the hardest part; the rap and R&B road is littered with the bodies of those who have been unable to do so. And, owing to digital downloads, neither 50 nor anyone else will likely go diamond platinum again. But one suspects that if he can pull some hot beats out of his sleeve, 50 and his newly energised crew could be back in the headlines once again. But this time for their music.

La foire de Lessay, près de Coutances (Manche), rendez-vous incontournable et ancestral, noté dans le calendrier de milliers de personnes, ouvre ses portes aux visiteurs du vendredi 9 au dimanche 11 septembre 2016. Créée il y a plus de 1 000 ans, cette foire est l’occasion d’aller à la rencontre de plus de 1 500 exposants, d’observer le foirail aux chevaux, ânes et poneys, une foire aux chiens et à la volaille, etc… Le ministre de l’Intérieur, Bernard Cazeneuve, y est attendu, vendredi 9 septembre 2016, pour son inauguration.

Visite ministérielle

Chaque année, ce sont entre 300 et 350 000 visiteurs qui se pressent dans les allées de cette foire ancestrale, qui daterait du XIe siècle. Surnommé foire Sainte-Croix, ce rendez-vous propose d’aller à la rencontre de nombreux exposants, et de découvrir, entre autres, les dernières innovations dans le domaine agricole, et bien d’autres domaines d’activités.
Pour cette occasion, le ministre de l’Intérieur, Bernard Cazeneuve sera présent dans la matinée du vendredi 9 septembre 2016, pour une inauguration programmée à 11h15 au centre culturel de Lessay, avant de déambuler à travers les différents stands de la foire. Sa visite dans la Manche se poursuivra dans l’après-midi avec une autre inauguration, celle de la nouvelle caserne de gendarmerie de Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (Manche), à 15h.

« Foirail » et fête foraine

Le premier jour de la foire est connu pour sa « foirail », où sont concentrés des centaines de chevaux, poneys et ânes ouverts à la vente. Un rassemblement impressionnant qui attire à la fois les acheteurs et les curieux.
Le monde de l’équitation sera également à l’honneur, le samedi 10 septembre, avec des démonstrations du travail avec le cheval. Les visiteurs pourront admirer entre 50 et 100 spécimens de races locales telles que le cob normand ou le percheron, réalisant des travaux à la herse, ou encore du transport en carriole.
L’élevage bovin est également représenté durant ce week-end avec le festival départemental de l’élevage, où 300 bovins seront en lice pour participer à différents concours. Les plus beaux spécimens seront ainsi présentés début 2017, au prochain salon de l’Agriculture, à Paris.
Enfin, ce week-end de fête propose de faire quelques tours de manège parmi les 120 attractions prévues, avec une grande fête foraine ouverte le vendredi et le samedi soir jusqu’à 1h du matin. Un grand feu d’artifice sera également tiré le samedi soir à 23h.

  • Infos pratiques :
    Foire de Lessay (Manche), du vendredi 9 au dimanche 11 septembre 2016.
    Feu d’artifice samedi 10 septembre à 23 h.

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