updated 11/04/2008 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/04/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
Odd couple alert!
What could 50 Cent and Bette Midler possibly have in common? Plenty, it turns out.
The two joined forces Monday to celebrate the opening of “The Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson Community Garden” in Queens, New York.
“I called and nagged him,” Midler said, describing how she got 50 Cent involved with the garden. “His G-Unity Foundation gives a million dollars away every year in grants to non profits all over the city … They’re just brilliant.”
The garden (the most recent endeavor for Midler s New York Restoration Project) is located in Jamaica, Queens, where the rapper grew up. It will mainly serve as a living classroom for neighborhood school children to learn about how food grows.
“I wish I had this to come to when I was growing up around here,” he said. “The opportunity to create this garden for the youth and the community is a great one.”
Besides, he noted, “When Bette calls you don’t say ‘no.’ Not if you want your reputation to stay the way it is.”
So, will Midler and 50 Cent work together in the future? “Absolutely!” he said, before sharing a laugh and a hug with the singer.
“He’s producing my next record,” the Beaches star said with a wink. “I will be rapping. He’s writing a song for me right now.”