50 Cent Leaves Interscope

“This is where the artists go after the majors won’t invest in them anymore.” – 50 Cent in 2007

Cuuuuurtis! You had to know you were gonna hear from me today homeboy!

Today we learned that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is no longer signed to the mighty Interscope Records. He is now an “independent” artist with a deal over at Caroline, a little known imprint of Capitol Records.

My, how the mighty have fallen.

Lest we ever forget, let’s revisit 50′s infamous phone call with Angie, Cam and Alan Grunblatt of what was then Koch Records (now E1). Everybody remembers that argument right? Remember Curtis was trying to shit on Cam for doing indie deals at Koch for Dipset artists, saying the label was a “graveyard” and yelling about how Lloyd Banks had more money than Jim Jones?

Yeah, you remember. Well if Koch was a graveyard in 2007, then what the fuck is Caroline in 2014? The truth is, there has never been any shame in signing an indie deal. As a matter of fact I could argue that there’s far more honor in an indie deal than a 5 album slave deal with a major.

Look, this shit happens to a lot of artists who have moved past their prime (although it hasn’t happened to Eminem or Jay-Z). It’s a reality of the market, and the reality is, it could happen to anybody. And that Curtis, is why you maintain a certain amount of humility while you’re sitting pretty at the top, because you never know what position you’re gonna wake up and find yourself in one day.

Previously: DJ Kay Slay ft. 50 Cent & Fat Joe – Free Again


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36 Responses to “50 Cent Leaves Interscope”

  1. spirit equality Says:

    Be fair when you recount the story. Describing 50 as the one “yelling” in that exchange is hilarious, Cam was the main one hollering like he was off his meds. And you know what position Cam woke up in after that? He wound up disappearing for quite some time, after rambling in a video about getting his “pool in the back” in what looked like a backyard smaller than mine. Remember Cam saying it was going to be a “hot summer” then doing absolutely nothing to 50 at all? LOL. This Caroline deal will never erase the L Cam took in his beef with 50. Cam literally fell off the face of the earth after that.

    I’m not even a 50 fan, but let’s not rewrite history.

    On Eminem and Jay, I’m sure they’ll both retire before they go indie.

    * Personally, I think Eminem should just keep Shady as an indie label. He could fill the void left by Rawkus. Because no major really wants to push artists like Slaughterhouse, I don’t care what anybody says.

  2. spirit equality Says:

    Also, Caroline has worldwide distribution through Universal Music Group, according to the link you put up here. That’s a far cry from a deal on Koch, fam.

  3. Chitown Says:

    I just cant with how obesessed eskay is with 50 its like he gets off by it….kinda creepy just saying

    ps 50 has enough still have enough money to smack you in the face with and buy this site from you while smacking you again with a brick of money

    (bet this wont get posted cause eskay dont like when people put him down lol)

  4. Newkidontheblog Says:

    eskay dont be ignorant

  5. Polka Says:

    Eskay is my negroid for this post, its right up there with Curtis

  6. Ans Says:

    Curtis lost. Hope u stans know Animal Crackers gonna be another dud.

  7. Ja3s0n22 Says:

    Eskay, did 50 fuck your girl? Seriously, you need to chill. Did you cum in your pants when you read about this?

  8. Chitown Says:

    Eskay is Ja Rule on low key

  9. NovemberEnd Says:

    Yeah, you remember. Well if Koch was a graveyard in 2007, then what the fuck is Caroline in 2014?
    ^^^
    If he said this two summers ago instead of seven then yeah he’d look pretty stupid but nope, just adjusting to a shifting landscape. Eskay I’m sure you’re doing things in 2014 that you said you would never do seven years ago.

    D-Block x Cam even Fat Joe have settled their differences with Curtis, why you still hurt about it?

  10. Ja3s0n22 Says:

    Leave 50 alone

  11. eskay Says:

    >> And you know what position Cam woke up in after that? He wound up disappearing for quite some time, after rambling in a video about getting his “pool in the back” in what looked like a backyard smaller than mine. Remember Cam saying it was going to be a “hot summer” then doing absolutely nothing to 50 at all? LOL. This Caroline deal will never erase the L Cam took in his beef with 50. Cam literally fell off the face of the earth after that.

    This post isn’t about Cam, but ok. Cam’s commercial career peaked in the early 2000s and he been indie since Killa Season. You say he disappeared but these days I hear far more about Killa than I do about Curtis. The pool vlog was funny, we all laughed at it, but who’s laughing today? It’s a marathon not a sprint and Killa is still running.

    >>That’s a far cry from a deal on Koch

    is it though fam? I never heard of them before today. Everybody was doign deals with Koch back then. 2007 50 would’ve never accepted this deal as a win on any level, and you know this. it’s a complete L for somebody who been shitting on his peers for signing with small labels his entire career.

    Remember all that bluster during the middle of the decade? how he ran Interscope and he could shut down any project at will? come on b, you can’t possibly tell me this guy is still winning.

  12. eskay Says:

    >>just adjusting to a shifting landscape

    ha ha ha, fuck outta here b, tell that shit to 2005 Curtis.

    >>D-Block x Cam even Fat Joe have settled their differences with Curtis, why you still hurt about it?

    who’s hurt though? I’m just pointing out how fucking stupid Curtis was to talk all that shit like he was gonna be the golden boy forever.

  13. Ray skrillz Says:

    Eskay, you a lame b.
    You dont even come from the streets or even understand the mentality of these artist.
    You just a journalist. Stfu

  14. spirit equality Says:

    Remember all that bluster during the middle of the decade? how he ran Interscope and he could shut down any project at will? come on b, you can’t possibly tell me this guy is still winning.

    ^

    I will definitely concede to the point that 50 talked *way* too much trash when he was on Interscope (even allegedly getting the President of Black Music fired there?). As far as his claims about running things at Interscope go, this is clearly quite a fall. Everyone knows how Jimmy runs Interscope though, if you don’t give him what he hears as a surefire single, you sit on a shelf (I’m still shocked Kendrick got to come out, even though I think his album is great, he didn’t have to come out with a “My Name Is”/”Real Slim Shady” type of song to come out…I guess the relentless touring and modest success of the singles he dropped convinced Jimmy)

    In 50′s defense, though, every rapper pops mad shit about how they run the game, even cats who don’t have 1/1000th the sales track record that 50 has. I remember French Montana trying to give 50 career advice before his album even came out. LOL.

    I think 50 will be humbled by this, but he’s gonna come back swinging.

    side note: Tony Yayo is on Instagram saying he’s quitting music.

  15. spirit equality Says:

    Anyone else notice that Dre and Jimmy aren’t quoted in this release?

    I knew 50 and Interscope were gonna part ways once he came out with competing headphones. That was like a mid-level drug cartel guy slanging dope on the side. Ha.

  16. eskay Says:

    >>You dont even come from the streets or even understand the mentality of these artist.

    I’m not a journalist and I hold no journalism degree. you don’t know shit about what I’ve done on the streets or understand, stop it.

  17. eskay Says:

    >>. As far as his claims about running things at Interscope go, this is clearly quite a fall.

    that’s all I’m saying. I wish him luck in his future endeavors.

    >>every rapper pops mad shit about how they run the game

    nobody talked like Curtis in his prime yo, NOBODY

  18. Sandz Says:

    Eskay, I fux with this site Heavy, but I aint never posted a comment on here. But I do have a question tho. In all seriousness Im just curious. Where does all of this stem from? I mean its clear to me anyway that u aint never been too fond of fif, n I aint tryin to sturr Nothin up, Im just wondering why u Always been goin hard on 50, I mean its been a couple years now. Y´all do post his vids etc , but it Always comes wid a slick comment n shit.. So where does all of that come from? Keep it 1000!

    PS As far as Cam, I fuxx wid him HEAVY and Always have, so this has nothing to do with him or their so called beef…

  19. Sandz Says:

    Spirit Equality : Good Point, as soon as fif started competing on the headphone market I knew it was a wrap for him at interscope lol

  20. eskay Says:

    >>Where does all of this stem from?

    honestly, Fif has just rubbed me the wrong way since the post-GRODT era. All the publicity stunt beefs and average and below average music. I loved GRODT, and I loved everything before it. I even liked alot of stuff after it. I just feel like alot of people give him a pass for all the bullshit he’s pulled throughout his career and chalked it up to “oh, 50s crazy”.

    And to keep it funky I’ve backed off him alot in recent years. I’m just having some fun today. He’s a legendary artist, but so are Jay and Nas and alot of people hate them for their own reasons. I just ride on 50, it’s what I do.

  21. Sandz Says:

    Eskay: I appreciate u keepin it a g , at least u let it be known why u poke fun at him. N in all fairness I know u have backed off him as of late. It just feels like since he won sooo much in such a short period of time (wíth the clothing and shoe line, video games etc) AND got a bit gassed, a lot of negas just felt like “Fuck fif”. Also I do agree that some of the Music was sub-par at times.

    As far as Jay n Nas etc, they´re both considered super-legends, n even tho sum ppl hate on them, they still give them the credit they deserve. Also, they been in the game for damn near 3 decades, so I Think the comparison is a bit unfair.

    Speaking of fif tho, u got any info about the joint he supposedly did with Rozay?

  22. Belize Says:

    Great post Esk..

    “Damn homie back in the days you was the man homie” LMFAO

    i fux with fif tho, but that why you gotta stay humble

  23. tHe kiD fRanKiE Says:

    eskay where was all this enthusiasm when the troll gang shenanigans were happening ?

  24. BQtothaizzo Says:

    Eskay, big fan of the site. But Fif made a good business move. Jimmy, Birdman, and Diddy ride their artist until they can get nothing out of them. Don’t think you needed to bash 50 for not staying static..

    Speaking of staying Static, been visiting this site for a while and I see some recent chagnes that you are trying to beef up the quality of the content, but really always been of fan of the quantity. A lot of post in order with good tags. Not everybody is gonna want to see a piece on Big L and have it at the top of the post for days, likewise for Drake or Hov.

    Also, since you’re heavily reading comments on this post today rap genius should’ve been your paycheck. And don’t think it’s too late for you to add a lyrics section with the ability to comment and leave feedback with the viewer base you have. Just a thought

  25. King Yeezus Says:

    eskay what’s your thoughts on the 2014 Nahright c-section?

  26. tre Says:

    Was waiting for this post to surface

  27. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Is it 2005 again???
    But tony yayo erased the Instagram post..
    But who knows?
    Im still waiting for that 50 Forbes interview on this whole shit
    Eskay does this because it’s the only way he can get traffic
    50 still the number one story out this bitch lol
    Now shut up eskay you not allowed to talk in your own graveyard.
    I have spoken.

  28. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    eskay Says:
    February 20th, 2014 at 2:18 pm
    >>Where does all of this stem from?

    honestly, Fif has just rubbed me the wrong way since the post-GRODT era. All the publicity stunt beefs and average and below average music. I loved GRODT, and I loved everything before it. I even liked alot of stuff after it. I just feel like alot of people give him a pass for all the bullshit he’s pulled throughout his career and chalked it up to “oh, 50s crazy”.

    And to keep it funky I’ve backed off him alot in recent years. I’m just having some fun today. He’s a legendary artist, but so are Jay and Nas and alot of people hate them for their own reasons. I just ride on 50, it’s what I do.

    Nigga you be rubbing one OUT to 50…..obsessed ass nukka lol
    Keep it funky like your breath shaggy ololo

  29. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Nigger got a complex banner around his belly like a sucker!
    Who stole the soul?
    Tyrone must be rolling in his piss filled grave..smh
    Hope my nigga a-1 ain’t locked..
    And freej and Lando lol
    I’m going to xhamster
    Fuck a Esgay

  30. King Yeezus Says:

    BSK my nigga still

    Winter of 2014<<<<

  31. ***biggumskiller*** Says:

    Ever worse than last winter
    Animal ambition!
    Catch it!

  32. King Yeezus Says:

    Eskay needs to leave Complex

  33. King Yeezus Says:

    Eskay needs to leave Complex…

  34. Chitown Says:

    LMAO @ Eskay saying hes backed off of him for a while NIGGGGAAAA PLEEEASEEEEE you aint gotta lie craig we all know ur obsession with 50 is DEEP like 50 fucked yo momma wit out a rubber an left her stranded type of obsession and what does this mean for 50 is he still not a millionaire,can he not rap anymore?? big fkin deal he aint on interscop and I bet if you could change ur life wit 50 you do it in a second instead of googling pics of 50 cent with animals an then sounding like a bitter ex girlfriend writing this article

    Funny thing is I aint even a fan of 50 im jus calling it like I see it with how you act about him lmao

  35. Chitown Says:

    Notice how esskay moved the article a few pages back lmfao

  36. colormebrooklyn Says:

    E S K A Y …i’m spacing this out, hoping that you read this. Brother …u r back. lol I laughed so hard. Man whoooooo.

    still .. I love 50 & I love Cam but Cam smoked him.

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