50 Cent Splits with Shady/Aftermath
50 Cent’s days are going to be looking a lot less Shady from now on.
The rapper behind the blockbuster 2003 album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is parting ways with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope after a 12-year run with the label. Fiddy is now going the independent route, signing an exclusive worldwide distribution and services agreement with Caroline/Capitol/UMG.
The hip-hopster plans to release a brand new album this summer. Animal Ambition is scheduled to drop on June 3.
“I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.”
Eminem, Fiddy’s former boss, says that there are no hard feelings over the rapper’s departure. This despite a rumored beef between 50 and Dre over the rapper’s headphone line with SMS; a competitor for Dre’s popular Beats brand.
“Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50?s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”