LOS ANGELES — The [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] franchise is not just for middle-school girls who need their parents to drive them to the movie theater, and you better not suggest such a thing to [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist].
"Well, what exactly is the target demographic?" 50 wondered when asked what he was doing at the [movie id="414921"]"New Moon"[/movie] red-carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.
"Little teenage girls?" MTV News' Larry Carroll suggested.
"So, you're calling me a little teenage girl?" the hip-hop star laughed before pretending to plunk Larry on the head with an MTV mic.
"I came out to enjoy the festivities," 50 explained. "You see the energy, all the kids out. They been out here for a few days waiting to see this. Me too, I want to check it out. I'm going to try to enjoy it."
The rapper — who just happens to have released his new album, Before I Self Destruct, on Monday — has seen more than his fair share of raucous live crowds, and he declared that the throngs assembled outside were the real deal. "It feels like rock-star energy to me," he said. "If anybody else is denying that, they probably got a little bit of jealousy going on or something. The energy is real."
He also praised the ability of Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the "Twilight" series, for successfully launching and promoting the film franchise. "I just want to enjoy the project and the whole concept and the idea of an independent production company and studio putting it together and having this much success," he said. "So [I'm] more a fan of the business."
Fif even hinted that he'd be open to contributing a track to the "Eclipse" soundtrack after seeing the success of the discs for "Twilight" and "New Moon." "Well, they missed me on those two," he said. "Maybe in the future we'll come up with something."
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