Eminem has enjoyed some significant financial success in his career as a rapper, but he won’t pass up opportunities like the World Cup sponsorship offer he received last year.
50 Cent, a longtime friend of the rapper and a former Shady/Aftermath performer, dropped by Big boy’s Neighborhood to promote the second season of his smash TV show BMF.
During the conversation, the G-Unit entrepreneur recounted how his performance with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige at last year’s award-winning Super Bowl Halftime Show led to him and Eminem being given a large sum of money to perform at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
“Because of the Super Bowl, I got an inquiry about the World Cup,” 50 Cent told Big Boy. “They had a budget of $9million for it. So they was gonna give — I would have took 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’d probably do the “biggest live sporting event in the world.”
Once the offer came in, 50 Cent called Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg to discuss it but was ultimately turned down — although it’s not completely clear whether news of the offer made its way to Em directly. “I called and spoke to Paul and everybody around him,” Fif explained. “They was like, ‘He’s not gonna do it.’”
While Eminem and his team may have declined the World Cup, 50 Cent stated that the opportunity they did not pass up was the chance to remake the Detroit legend’s 8 Mile film and turn it into a TV series.
“I wanna bring — I’m gonna bring, 8 Mile to television,” he told Big Boy before confirming that the project is already “in motion.”
“It’s gonna be big,” he added. “I’m working. I ain’t got no duds. I’m batting 100 … I think it should be there for [Eminem’s] legacy because it’s important to me that they understand it.”
Elsewhere during the chat, the “In Da Club” hitmaker offered additional details about the new album he’s planning to release later this year, revealing that Dr. Dre will be contributing to the project.
“As soon as I [announced it], I got a text from [Eminem] that he had already spoke to Dre, and that Dre is in there and he got some crazy stuff for me to go hear,” he said.
“This is my process: I’ll go make something, what I can find, the best music that I can put my hands on. And when I feel real good about it, I bring it to put pressure on Dre to offer me something. ‘Cause he’ll have something… He’s always had something.”
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