ESPN.Go: Winter X Games fans love their hip-hop. Rap superstar, actor and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson loves to cross promote. Put those two together and you get 50 Cent playing a free show on Buttermilk Mountain. He got a chance to promote his latest movie — one of the first films picked up at Sundance — and 5,000 music fans got a sun-drenched set of world-class hip-hop.
Oh, and Page 2 got a few questions with the star.
This is your first time here. What are your impressions of the X Games?
This is amazing. These people, winners or losers, I don’t care, had to put in a lot of work to be here, ’cause obviously it’s really difficult — coming down those mountains is fast.
The Super Bowl — who you pulling for?
I’m going for the Saints. You’ve gotta be.
Did you play sports in high school?
Oh yeah. I liked all of them — all the ones that were available to me. Basketball, football, boxing — those things.
What can sports do for kids?
It gives them something constructive to do. It’s healthy. They are building themselves up. They have to focus. When they develop a passion for it and really work hard? Nothing like it, man.
So, if you could play a pro sport, if you could be any athlete, who would it be? Shaun White?
Ha! Shaun White’s pretty difficult, you know, I can’t … [shakes head and laughs]. You know, I really like Carmelo Anthony’s game. But I’d probably be Floyd Mayweather.
Why, because you like to talk, not fight?
[Laughs] Because I like to do both.