The year was early 2003. I was a junior/senior in college just minding my everyday “young at heart” business. The rapper 50 Cent was a fairly new artist to the public mainstream. He had a hit record that radio stations played constantly, as if the song was on automatic repeat. Many of you may remember the song….
Go shorty, it’s your birthday
We gonna party like it’s your birthday
We gonna sip Barcardi like it’s your birthday
Of course you remember the song! It was one of Billboards 100 Best Songs of the 2000s according to the Rolling Stone’s Magazine.
So you’re thinking, why or how did I turn 50 Cent down? Well, according to sources 50 Cent was coming to Richmond, VA for a concert. The promoter of said concert was a friend of a friend. This particular friend had previously given me stories upon stories about this promoter guy. She then came back to me at some point and stated that the rapper 50 Cent was coming into town and he needed a driver. The promoter wanted to know if I could be the driver for 50 Cent?
My curiosity began to grow because I couldn’t understand how a breakout rapper with a number one song on the radio could come to town and not have transportation? Or why the promoter would ask me to be the transportation for such a high-profile rapper. I didn’t have a fancy car. I didn’t work in the industry. AND to add icing to the cake (pun intended) when I asked why he didn’t have his own transportation, I was told “he’s just getting started in the business.” Nothing was adding up to me and it left me baffled.
Baffled because it was 50 Cent and also because I really didn’t trust this promoter guy. None of the stories that I had previously heard about him supported me in saying yes to this task. I later asked if I could have a friend accompany me while transporting the star from the airport to the venue. My suggestion was turned down.
This lead me to my ultimate decision of turning down 50 Cent. My safety has always been my main concern and focus in life. I take pride in being a very cautious person and able to listen to my intuition when needed. I purposely choose to not take part in Russian Roulette type deals.
I’ll never know if I really had the chance to chauffeur 50 Cent around or not. I often wonder, what if? But at the end of the day, I have no regrets. Besides, I can almost see it working more in today’s time with the whole “Uber” transportation phenomenon going on right now. But then I would have to work for such companies, and I don’t…….and this puts us back at square one!
Perhaps, you may have a “what-if” moment as well? If that’s the case, feel free to share your stories in the comment section below. But also take pride in knowing that if it was meant to be–it would have happened.