WATCH: 50 Cent Claims Trump Campaign Offered Him $1 Million to Appear at 2017 Inauguration
Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration was embarrassing for a number of reasons. First, the crowd size was much smaller than that of Barack Obama’s 2009 event. Second, despite casting a wide net for performers, the best the campaign could do was Three Doors Down, a handful of Rockettes and Jackie Evancho.
According to one superstar rapper, Team Trump was aiming much higher. In a recent interview with the Breakfast Club, 50 Cent said he turned down a $1 million offer to appear at the inauguration.
The rapper told Charlamagne tha God, “I’ve come to y’all to talk about them offering me $1 million to go to Trump’s inauguration. $500,000, and it went up to a million while I was still confused about what to do.”
The host asked why he was hesitant to do so, was it the amount of money or the hit to his reputation. 50 Cent replied, “He was needing it for the same reasons you see now. He participated with different artists for the Black vote. And I’m going, nah, I ain’t gonna put myself in that position. ‘Cause I don’t know what I’d have to do to recover from that.”
50 also noted that he thinks the rappers that came out in support of the president did so because they were paid. In regards to Lil Wayne, the rapper said, “Yeah, I’m sure. Easily, he (Lil Wayne) got paid. He had the sweater and the picture.”
Watch a clip of the superstar rapper’s comments below, starting at the 37 minute mark: