JACKSON, New Jersey —
"I just wanted them to have a good time," 50 told MTV News about the group, donning Family Day T-shirts. "I don't want to preach anything. I'll leave the preaching to the preacher. I'll let my actions and activities I'm involved in speak for me instead of trying to convey a message that people won't receive from me. I'm not sure they're ready to receive that from me. It's cool when they see what I actually do."
What Fif did was organize Family Day, a weekend plan sponsored in part by his charitable organization that included the New Jersey amusement-park trip, a later performance and a picnic event scheduled for Sunday (August 30) in Southside Jamaica. The rapper was able to pull off two out of the three; his G-Unity Foundation wasn't able to obtain a permit for Sunday's 40 Day. He intended to roam his old block during 40 Day and be a part of the celebration, but 50 connected with kids and old neighbors after his Six Flags performance instead.
"It's my neighborhood," he said, dismissing any safety concerns at Six Flags. "There's a lot of people I was gonna see tomorrow; that was the plan. But it's not gonna happen that way."
Over the past year, the G-Unit star has contributed to a number of good causes. In November, he partnered with actress Bette Midler to create a number of community gardens in Queens. At that event, he spoke with enthusiasm to MTV News about his plans for this summer. He admitted Saturday that he might not look the part of a role model, but he's fine with that as long as he makes a difference.
"What I'm doing as an artist is, I'm being successful as an artist and entrepreneur," he explained. "The things I say [in songs] may not be something you would expect or look forward to hearing from a role model. But it's my choice as an artist to write the harsh realities. So I'll always be inspiring to the kids that got on the buses. So they're the important people in this situation."