G-Unit’s 50 Cent is receiving some less-than-friendly coverage after opening ESPN’s annual NFL Draft Opener by a local New Yost Post writer.
Clearly upset with ESPN’s choice in entertainers, writer Phil Mushnick ripped the sports network and painted Fif as a vulgar hip-hop artist.
ESPN, now the home of double-murder investigation obstructionist Ray Lewis, opened its NFL Draft show Thursday with vulgar, gay-bashing, women-trashing, assault weapon-cherishing, N-word-spouting gangsta rapper 50 Cent making threatening noises and gestures while boasting that he is one bad mother. Why? Because this is what ESPN, among others, has seen fit to do to sports. Rather than try to return some sport to our sports — maybe even reduce the incidence of tsk, tsk, tsking among its reporters — ESPN works hard to do to our kids and teens (and your sports) what no ESPN execs would do to theirs. (NY Post)
No stranger to dissing hip-hop, Mushnick stirred up some controversy earlier this year after calling out former Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z.
“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N——s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B—-hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!” (New York Post)
Fif teamed up with ESPN and NFL star Russell Wilson to take part in the NFL Draft Opener program.
50 Cent is everywhere these days. He recently appeared on QVC to sell some of his SMS Audio headphones, and most recently, he appeared on ESPN for a special 2013 NFL Draft opener featuring himself and Seattle Seahawks breakout QB, Russell Wilson. The QB narrates, as he explains the Draft for picks entering the NFL, before 50 comes in with a few bars hyping folks up. (Baller Status)
The rap star reportedly had a lot to do with ESPN’s music during the draft.
Rapper 50 Cent and English rockers The Heavy, the latter of which are known for their song “How You Like Me Now?,” featured in Horrible Bosses, are teaming up. The rap icon and the band are collaborating on the music for ESPN’s three-day presentation of the 2013 NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York, April 25-27. 50 Cent’s “New Day” and “We Up,” as well as The Heavy’s “How You Like Me Now?” and “What Makes a Good Man” will be used coming in and out of commercial breaks and in highlight packages of this year’s NFL Draft prospects. Both artists recorded customized lyrics that embody the theme of athletic success and of players achieving their goal of playing professional football. (Artist Direct)
Check out 50 Cent’s “ESPN NFL Draft Opener”: