Rapper 50 Cent is taking over the New York Daily News for a day. The rapper will choose the content, the photos, write up material, and attend the news meeting. “Tables are turning on Tuesday at the New York Daily News, I’ll be choosing the content! Everyone better get ready,” 50 Cent said in a statement to the media. In addition to editing content, the artist will also answer questions live from the newsroom. Readers will be able to send in questions to “Editor Cent” at 1:30pm Eastern Standard Time. Questions can also be tweeted using the #NYDNChat hashtag.
50 Cent has been in the news a lot recently due to his issues with Fox’s new television drama series, Empire. The rapper believes Empire is just a carbon copy of his show, Power. 50 Cent is the executive producer of Power, which is entering its second season on the Starz network. 50 Cent addressed his frustrations with Fox’s Empire, “That show is… the artwork was very similar and they used ‘power’ in the tagline for Empire. They didn’t have to do that.”
Power is about a popular nightclub owner, who is also a major figure in one of the city’s largest illegal drug networks. On the contrary, Empire is a story about a hip hop family. The head of the family, Lucious Lyon, owns a record label. Lyon, a superstar in the music industry, oversees Empire Entertainment. Empire co-stars, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, both laughed when they were asked about 50 Cent’s criticism of their show. Henson commented, “50 Cent is a comedian. He loves to push buttons. He’s a funny guy. I never took offense to it.” Howard jokingly said, “50 is my monster man. We served jail time together in his film, we were naked together. I love the fact that we’re both pushing the envelope with our shows.” Terrence Howard and 50 Cent both starred in the film, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2005. Regardless of anyone’s dismay, Empire premiered to 9.8 million viewers. It’s Fox’s highest-rated series debut in years. 50 Cent’s Power show averaged 1.082 million viewers. The season finale grossed nearly 2.5 million viewers.