Of all the people 50 Cent has rapped with over the years, Adam Schrager has got to be the most unlikely. Schrager, after all, is a Channel 9 reporter who specializes in political matters, not a cultural correspondent with a well-known reputation as a hip-hop head. Yet the two of them will be chatting on October 29 for a segment on Your Show, a Schrager-hosted Sunday morning public-affairs offering that was the subject of a Message column a few months back. Moreover, the man born Curtis Jackson will be answering questions submitted by Channel 9 viewers -- a key component of the program.
In an e-mail, Schrager explains that 50 Cent will appear via satellite. "They pitched me," he reveals, "saying he wanted to talk about this and that. I said I'd love to have him, but I had no desire to ask about this and that unless our viewers wrote in questions about those things. They agreed."
According to Schrager, "We've received a pretty significant number of questions, and maybe the coolest thing is, none have come from people who have e-mailed in before from what I can tell." He adds that "there has been a particularly stunned look from many colleagues when they hear we booked him (maybe they think I'm too dorky, I don't know). But it goes to the overall point of the show. We're giving viewers access to people that they've never had before. I love that."
So, is Schrager that guy in the office who loudly chants "No Cadillac, no perms, you can't see/That I'm a motherfuckin' P.I.M.P." in his cubicle while cranking his iPod? Not exactly. "I like hip-hop," he asserts, "but I'm more old school, having gone to school in the early '80s. But what 50's done as a businessman, actor and musician is impressive for sure."
Check out this odd couple at 10:30 a.m. on Channel 20, 9News' sister station. Betcha it's gonna be hardcore. -- Michael Roberts