Even though he’s a savvy businessman, 50 Cent is not into sacrificing the greater good for a lucrative payday. This was on display during his Wednesday, Feb. 20, appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden when he described turning down half a million dollars to appear at Donald Trump‘s presidential inauguration.
“I didn’t do it because I didn’t know if I could fix the damage,” he said. “To be honest with you, all money’s not good money. You have to be careful what you do publicly because—I don’t know how you fix that.”
50 then went on to allude to the fact that he isn’t the token Trump wants or needs to regain the black voters’ trust.
“I just was like ‘whoa,'” 50 joked. “Don’t bring me to fix the African American vote. Bring somebody else. I’ll see you later.”
This wasn’t the first time that the rapper addressed Trump’s mammoth offer. In 2017, 50 stopped by The Breakfast Club and revealed that Trump offered him half a mill to “make an appearance” at a campaign event targeted at black voters. “I was like, nah, that’s not good money,” he said at the time. “I ain’t gonna do that. That’s not worth it.”
In addition to 50 Cent, Corden also had Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on the show. Corden asked the rapper if he had any advice on helping the politician reach young voters.
“Just relax, you got to loosen up,” he said to Warren. “Also hip-hop is connected to youth culture. So, hang out with me when you become president.”