Eminem has earned some big paydays in his time as a rapper, but that doesn’t mean he won’t turn down opportunities like the one he got at last year’s WC.
The rapper’s longtime friend and former Shady/Aftermath artist 50 Cent stopped by Big Boy’s Neighborhood this week to promote the second season of his hit TV show BMF.
During the interview, the G-Unit mogul explained how his performance was last year award-winning Super Bowl Halftime Show with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige led to him and Em being offered a lot of money to perform on the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Because of the Super Bowl, I got an inquiry about the WC,” 50 Cent told Big Boy. “They had a $9 million budget for it. So they would give—I would have taken one, Big. Then the other eight would have been for Em.”
50 Cent added that if anyone was looking to do a “one-off,” they would probably do the “biggest live sporting event in the world.”
When the offer came, 50 called Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg to discuss it, but was ultimately rebuffed — though it’s not entirely clear whether news of the offer came directly to Em. “I called and spoke to Paul and everyone around him,” Fif explained. “They said, ‘He won’t do it’.”
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While Em and his team might have turned down the WC, 50 said one opportunity they jumped at was to get renew the Detroit legend 8 miles film and turn it into a TV series.
“I will bring – I bring, 8 miles for TV,” he told Big Boy before confirming that the project is already “in progress.”
“It’s going to be big,” he added. “I work. I don’t have any duds. I hit 100 … I think that should be there for [Eminem’s] heritage because it is important to me that they understand that.”
“As soon as I [announced it]I got a text from [Eminem] that he had already talked to Dre and that Dre is in there and he has some crazy stuff that I can hear,” he said.
“This is my process: I go and make whatever I can find, the best music I can lay my hands on. And when I feel really good about it, I take it to put pressure on Dre to offer me something. Because he wants something… He’s always had something.”