No rapper is complete without his share of serious “bling,” and nobody understands this better than the legendary 50 Cent. Here he is in all his glory, radiating in the Cancun sun during 2003’s “MTV Spring Break.” This was pure “Fiddy” in his prime. Enjoying the success of his album “Get Rich or Die Tryin.'”
The rapper shines on stage covered in jewelry and his signature Mets sideward cap. You’ve got to be as built as 50 Cent to be able to hold up those massive silver and diamond chains – not to mention the 8-pound belt buckle. So go, Shorty, even if it’s not your birthday.
Puddle of Mudd Gets Ready to Rock – 2002
These grungy Missouri kids hit it big with their 2001 album, “Come Clean.” Any early late 90s kid will remember rocking it out to “She Hates Me” and “Blurry,” the perfect angry teenager anthems. Just their name alone, Puddle of Mudd, is such a descriptive moniker. That extra D, though, is seriously vexing us.
Above are the young members of Puddle of Mudd getting ready to perform on stage at the beach of the Grand Oasis Hotel in 2002's "MTV Spring Break." And it would not surprise us if the band’s leader Wes Scantlin was actually born with that backward cap and sunglasses. So iconic!
Busta Rhymes Gives His All on Stage – 2002
Hip Hop royalty Busta Rhymes has been around since the mid-90s, rubbing shoulders with the music genre’s finest, including Public Enemy and A Tribe Called Quest. This 12-time Grammy Award nominee was always known for giving out the best performances and leaving his heart on stage. So much passion from Bus-a-Bus.
You need no further proof than the photo above to see that Busta Rhymes has had the same amazing energy for over three decades – and he’s still going strong. In fact, he seems to be rapping quicker with every song. Do you know what they call him? That's right, folks – the Dragon. Spitting rhymes like fire.
The All-American Rejects Are on Fire – 2003
With their self-titled debut album going mainstream and topping charts, it made sense that The All-American Rejects would headline the 2003 "MTV Spring Break" musical performance. Let's face it, the band's name alone was going to attract a wide range of fans. A lot of people could relate to them, leading to a pretty dedicated fan base.
But let’s not forget they were still teenagers when they achieved massive success, which explains the haircuts and eyeliner. We get that they have an image to maintain, but skinny jeans and black shirts in 80-degree heat? Now that’s what we call commitment. Even the guitars are black and brown!
Carmen Electra and La La Were the 90s – 2003
Okay, you are going to have to believe us when we say we spared you the eyesore that is MTV VJ La La’s shoes. Off the frame is a pair of red, high-heeled Converse – a fashion trend we’ve tried hard to forget. Otherwise, we dig her outfit – very 90s but fun. Otherwise, we're curious to know what she was saying to the crowd. It must've been something really interesting.
As for the drop-dead gorgeous actress Carmen Electra, well, what can we say? This woman could be wearing a dead bird on her head and still look stunning. Seriously, her name is Carmen Electra. Just the name alone is incredible. Although maybe she could’ve ditched the football player socks at a beach party.