Curtis “Interscope” Jackson is no more.
50 Cent recently announced that he and his long time recording home, Interscope Records have amicably parted ways . The Jamaica, Queens emcee was able to leave Interscope even though he still owed them one album because of his special bond with label titans Dr. Dre and Eminem.
“I’m a special case and situation. It’s also because of the leverage of having the strong relationships with Eminem and Dr. Dre,” 50 says. “They don’t want me to be uncomfortable. They value our friendship to the point that they would never want [to jeopardize] it over that little bit of money.”
Wasting no time after exiting Interscope’s doors, 50 promptly signed a lucrative deal with Caroline/Capitol/UMG that he says is very similar to Birdman’s Cash Money Records deal with Universal Music Group. Birdman’s deal essentially gives “7 percent of wholesale per album to Universal in exchange for distribution and support” according to a recent interview 50 did with Forbes.
More than anything, 50 is looking forward to the creative control he’ll have in his new label situation.
“It’s the ability to be able to release things when and how I want to versus hearing ‘It’s out of the question!'” 50 says.