Earlier this week, 50 Cent went into attack mode on Twitter, lambasting his long-time label Interscope Records for prolonging the release of his latest single “Outlaw.” Now, in a recent interview with MTV, the G-Unit general gave some insight into what fueled his recent Twitter rant.
According to Fif, releasing a new single has always been a multi-step process that has involved the clearance of the higher-ups at Shady Records, Aftermath Records and Interscope. This time around, however, the process was hampered by 50’s spat against Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine and mentor Dr. Dre over the release of his own line of custom headphones. Despite this, 50 says that Dre and Iovine are not to blame for the mix-up; rather, he says there are other parties involved that were holding up the release of “Outlaw.”
“So I had the record I was ready to launch, and we sat down and everybody talked,” he said. “What happens is, there are a lot of people involved in my actual launch, because its three parties; it’s Shady, then you got Aftermath, then you got Interscope, and then you got me on my end. So by the time we got to go sit down with [Interscope chairman] Jimmy [Iovine], we talked a little bit, and then I ended up having to go see Dre, because we had the little issue, the confusion about the Twitter stuff.”
He said, “It’s not necessarily Dre or Jimmy [holding up the process]; it’s more the guys that they pass the responsibilities onto. It takes longer for people, because they’ll be like, ‘OK, we’re gonna do this and we’re gonna do that,’ and the building will start having those conversations, but they’re not actually moving at that point.”
50 also took the time to announce that he will appear on the next single for Dr. Dre’s long-awaited third solo LP Detox, titled “The Psycho.” Fif explained that after the two artists resolved their argument over the release of Fif’s custom headphones, it was business as usual, and “The Psycho” was the end result.
“We sat down, we cleared that [Twitter argument] up, me and Dre, and then we said, ‘Let’s just get back to the music and do what we do,'” he said. “Immediately after, we wrote a song together called ‘The Psycho’; it’s Dre’s next single.”