"I don't know what you heard about me, but I'm a mother-f**kin' TV host."
At least, that's what we picture 50 Cent to be rapping quietly to himself in his new A&E Network dressing room.
The network announced on March 17 that the legendary 40-year-old rapper will host and produce his own variety show, one that includes magic, with the working title of 50 Cent Presents (sadly, not Pre$entz). The hip-hop king said:
“I grew up watching variety shows and am excited to put my own spin on the format. I hope everyone is ready to bring their talent forward, I want to show the world the best of the best."
This will not be your run-of-the mill chat show. Unfortunately, producers haven't said if Fiddy, real name Curtis Jackson III, will be engaging in acrobatic circus acts or ventriloquism as such shows are known for.
50 Cent Presents will draw from "sketches, stand-up, real life experiments, music, magic, dance and celebrity guest appearances." If the thought of the ex-crack-dealing, got-shot-nine-times rap star potentially waving a magic wand around doesn't get you hooked, then I don't know what will.
This definitely adds new meaning to Fiddy's track with Lil' Kim, the 2003 hit "Magic Stick." Executive vice president and head of programming at A&E Elaine Frontain Bryant said:
"We're setting out to redefine the traditional variety show. 50 Cent is the perfect partner to refresh this classic format. He is a true tastemaker across industries and we are excited to see his impressive showcase of talent."
50 was catapulted onto the world stage with No. 1 album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' back in 2003. After growing up in Queens, New York, 50 became a record producer (G-Unit Records, Cheetah Vision); investor (metals, mining, stocks); boxing promoter (TMT); film producer (The Frozen Ground); and actor (Power). He had an estimated net worth of a whopping $155 million last year.
The premiere date of 50 Cent Presents has yet to be announced.
What do you hope to see 50 Cent doing on '50 Cent Presents'?
Source: A&E Networks