50 Cent quickly got himself into some hot water last month when he suggested that he was planning to vote for Donald Trump during the 2020 general election. That claim came in the form of a social media post in which the rapper said he wasn’t a fan of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s plan that would increases taxes on individuals in the highest income brackets.
After the internet scolded the “Many Men” rapper, he confessed that he was only joking. To further prove that he wanted nothing to do with Trump, Fif said that he also turned down a big payday from the president’s organization.
During an appearance on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” the actor claimed that Trump representatives offered him $1 million to show up at Trump’s inauguration if he was re-elected as president of the United States. That offer would’ve fallen through, because Biden claimed electoral victory over the incumbent president.
The rapper began his claims around the 37:35 minute mark, stating, “I feel more comfortable having this conversation with y’all because of what the show is.” He added, “I come to y’all to talk about them offering me a million dollars to come to Trump’s inauguration, right. I passed on it.”
DJ Envy asked the rapper if the payout started at $1 million, to which Fif clarified that the total amount was being negotiated before he ultimately turned it down. “Five hundred thousand, and then it went up to a million while I was still confused with what I should do,” 50 said.
50 cent told the hosts that it took him some time to come to a decision. However, he soon realized the offer was extended in an effort to attract Black voters to the Republican candidate, and he said that it wasn’t something he could see himself participating in. “For the same reasons you see now, he participated with different artists and sh-t like that for the Black vote. … And I’m going, ‘Nah, I ain’t gon’ put myself in that position, ’cause I didn’t know what I was got to do to recover from it, right.’ To be honest with you.”
The rapper was just one of many entertainers who received backlash over the past few months for being perceived as supporting Trump, including Ice Cube and Lil Wayne, who offered an explicit endorsement in a photo op with the president.
Watch 50 Cent’s full interview with “The Breakfast Club” down below.