By William E. Ketchum III
While artists like Pill have voiced displeasure with their record labels, young rappers aren’t the only ones who aren’t pleased. 50 Cent had a tumultuous year with Interscope Records, and in 2012 he started things off on similar terms. “I have lost all the faith in the team I’m on. I have nothing left to say I will not be promoting my music,” 50 tweeted on Monday (January 2).
“I’m going to deliver this album then. I have a film I wrote to focus on. I’m not upset I’m just convinced this is not how I want to be remembered,” he continued. On New Year’s Eve, Fif tweeted that he wouldn’t be doing press for his next album, and said that while the music is great, the hardest people to work with “were suppose to be on the same team with me. … Music was so much fun for me now the people and politics involved disgust me.”
On Monday, he stated that he started his movement with Street King—his new energy drink founded to help fight world hunger—because didn’t think he would be living much longer, and he wants to impact peoples’ lives. He said that he personally mixed his Big 10 mixtape, released weeks ago on the ten-year anniversary of 50 Cent Is The Future, because of his own influence on other artists.
“To be conscious that life is short is not suicidal,” he tweeted. “I’m good if I die tonight. I’ve taken care of the people who took care of me when I couldn’t take care [of] myself.”
50’s relationship with his label seemed better in the early to mid-2000s, when he brought in multiple albums that achieved RIAA platinum status as a solo artist and as label head of G-Unit Records, both of which were under Interscope Records. His last studio album, Before I Self Destruct, hasn’t gone past Gold status, or 500,000 copies sold.