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Clouds over the U.C.P. Tour at MSG

In the days leading up to the “U.C.P. Tour” starring Chris Brown and Bow Wow at Madison Square Garden, there had been a storm of controversy. Entertainment sources like were reporting that after experiencing some technical difficulties during his performance at Dallas’ American Airlines Center, Bow Wow spit in Brown’s face and accused him of trying to sabotage his performance.
All the media attention must have gotten to him because Bow Wow’s performance was okay at best.

As has become the norm with a lot of rappers, it was hard to understand what he was saying. Each song sounded something like this: mumble, mumble, mumble, everyone joins in for the hook, then back to the mumbles.

Due to the speculations, Bow Wow stopped halfway through his set and called for everyone’s attention, more specifically, all the internet bloggers.

While he didn’t go into details, he explained to the crowd that they shouldn’t believe anything they’ve heard because “rumors are rumors, facts are facts” and the fact was that Chris Brown was like a brother to him.

On a brighter note, Omarion, the self-proclaimed King of Dance made an appearance, showing why he deserves that title. They then went on to perform a couple of songs off of their latest joint project, “Faceoff.”

After much anticipation, the stadium went dim and the countdown began.

As Chris Brown’s introduction played, you couldn’t help but wonder if he would be able to bring the same intensity to the stage as he’s done in past videos. Amazingly, the answer was “yes.”

While he obviously lip-synched during more of the up-tempo songs, he was still able to show what being an entertainer is all about. From an 80’s inspired dance off between his male and female dancers to the guest appearances, there was never a dull moment.

After performing a few songs off “Exclusive” and his self-titled debut album “Chris Brown,” he suddenly brought Diddy out on stage. Everyone began to go wild as he performed “Its All About the Benjamins” followed by “Last Night” with the crowd taking Keyshia Cole’s place.

Just when you thought you had enough, 50 Cent stepped on stage and performed “I Get Money” followed by Juelz Santana, who spit his verse from “Run It.”

Although this was a tour surrounded by a flood of controversy, Chris Brown was able to show that there is some sunshine after the storm.

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