March 31st, 2008
05:13 PM ET
10 years ago

50 Cent no longer supports Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" 50 Cent says he was impressed with Obama's speech on race."](CNN) - Hillary Clinton appears to have lost a high-profile backer to rival Barack Obama.

Rapper 50 Cent, who told Time magazine last September he was supporting the New York senator's White House bid, now says he has decided to shift his allegiance to Obama.

The multi-platinum star, born Curtis Jackson, told MTV News Friday that Obama's recent speech on race was the deciding factor for his decision.

"I heard Obama speak," he said. "He hit me with that he-just-got-done-watching-'Malcolm X,' and I swear to God, I'm like, 'Yo, Obama!'

"I'm Obama to the end now, baby!"

But the musician also admitted he's lost interest in the protracted Democratic race, and may not support either candidate.

"To be honest, I haven't been following that anymore. I lost my interest," he said. "I listened to some of the debates and things that they were saying, and I just got lost in everything that was going on...Don't look for my vote, for me to determine nothing on that. Just say, '50 Cent, he don't know, so don't ask Fiddy.'

He also said he didn't think the country is ready for a black president.

"I just think there's people that might not be ready for an African-American president," he said. "It'll be an issue, believe it or not."

"You've got to be conscious of racism, period," he continued. "And it's still there. We don't deal with it as often as my grandparents did. My grandparents grew up in South Carolina, so they experienced the heart of that."

soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. LOL! 50 Cent's Endorsement Was Laughable Anyway

    Who can actually think that his endorsement meant anything in the first place?


    March 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. b watched or listend to Obama but you did not here the man. Blacks, whites, browns are ready to vote for Obama. do not stand by. You must be kinningme when you said you may not even vote ....please...get real.

    March 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Peter, CO

    Prop up the American voter's backbone and quit with the lame reporting.

    March 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. M2

    Is 50 a superdelegate?

    March 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Trish

    Who cares what this idiot thinks. I'm an Obama supporter because of what he stands for and his position on the issues. This guy is ignorant! da...da...da...


    March 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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