50 Cent: "Interscope Is Beats Records"

50 Cent says his investment in SMS Audio "made people afraid."

50 Cent's work with SMS Audio caused conflict with Interscope Records, according to the Queens, New York rapper. 

"Interscope is Beats Records," 50 Cent says in an interview Forbes. "There’s no artist that has a marketing budget supporting what they’re actually doing that doesn’t have Beats headphones in the actual visual to support that brand, that company. So when I invested in SMS Audio, it kind of made people afraid."

50 Cent says this conflict made him feel like they had to part ways.

"It kind of got to a point that it was like, 'I’ve got to get out of here. Y’all need to just go do what you’re doing with this,'" he said. "Because it was too much of a priority, Beats, with the actual record company."

Interscope continues handling 50 Cent's back catalogue of music. However, 50 Cent's G-Unit Records is now set to be distributed by Caroline/Capitol/UMG, which has the same parent company as Interscope Records. 

"50 Cent is, and always will be, a marquee artist for us," Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M, said in a statement in February, as per Forbes. "We respect his decision to pursue this new venture and the next chapter in his career, and wish him nothing but the best. He will always be a part of our family."

In February, 50 Cent explained why he feels he's special to Interscope.

"I’m a special case and situation," he said at the time. "It’s also because of the leverage of having the strong relationships with Eminem and Dr. Dre. 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." 

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66 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "Sad state of hip-hop when people can't make an opinion unless it's the popular song" That's music for you. People gravitate towards what's popular even if the most popular may not always be what's best. My Life wasn't a bad song. It just wasn't memorable.

  • Anonymous

    People love bringing up G-Unit and old 50 Cent beef/songs/sales figures. It's 2014 lol move on. That's why he thrives because if he brings up something from the past everybody flocks because there's some weird infatuation with past 50 Cent news. This article is actually current 50 Cent news, thus why I clicked on it, and the comments have so much irrelevancy pertaining to the article. All about his past. Smh

  • Anonymous

    Five actual 50 Cent articles in a actual week, and they're actually ALL about other actual people. SMH.

    • Anonymous

      "how is this about other people?" He's actually complaining about Interscope on this one. I know it doesn't count as "people", but still lol

    • Anonymous

      Come June there won't be any 50 Cent articles. He'll be played out.

    • Anonymous

      Animal Ambition isnt a mixtape,

    • 50 Cent

      Did you read the actual article? The point is about the actual rapper 50 Cent. When Steve Bermen spoke about 50, it was about the actual friendship they have as actual human beings. It was from the actual heart. 50 has 2 projects coming this year. After the Animal Ambition mixtape he will drop the actual album street king immortal.

    • Anonymous

      how is this about other people? you know you'd still be complaining if the 5 articles were him talkin about himself

  • HUH

    CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND CORPORATE BULLYING...........50 GO DO YOU

  • Anonymous

    What do we have here...? Another story about 50? This shit must have you crabs salty as hell right now.... LMFAO! You keyboard clowns might as well stop going online for next few months because 50 about to smash the game again. Only people that don't think so are Game fans that didn't buy his last album (flop), Ja Rule fans (LMAO) and Officer Rickey fans (album out for 2 weeks and still hasn't hit 200k)... LoL

  • Anonymous

    They're scared because everyone's flocking to pick up a pair of SMS headphones. Beats, SMS, Soul, it's all the same overpriced shit.

  • Anonymous

    Has the "My Life" single gone 6x plat yet?

  • Anonymous

    Animal Ambition is gone be fire June 3

  • Anonymous

    50 is always right but people always think he's crazy and they hate him for no fuckin reason. 50 is real and always speaks the truth that's why most people can't handle him cuz he's right most of the time

  • Andres Tardio likes sucking 50 Cent dick

    Question for Andres Tardio: Do you take yourself serious? You been writing only bullshit articles about 50 Cent. Are you gay? Next story by Andres Tardio: 50 Cent once was farting in Jimmy iovine office.

  • Anonymous

    Jimmy Iovine owns this niggas Masters, yeah boy remember that word "Master" because Jimmy will always be your master in the music industry and the headphone industry.

  • Anonymous

    This Snitch is a Drama Queen, why cant he keep other dudes dicks out of his mouth. Is this monkey delusional?! Does he really think Dre and Jimmy are scared of one of their employees who has an inferior imitation pair of headphones that urban consumers don't even fuck with?

  • BIGGBIGG

    Fif too big for having a record label.. wuurd

  • Ricky Rozay

    God damn this flop artist just needs to shut the fuck up and stop sounding like a bitter ass bitch. We get it nigga, u tryin to hype your wack ass album cuz they aint no buzz on it. This nigga at this point sound like one of em chicken heads that can't get over cuz a nigga tired of em. Whats even more funny is when the album flops and goes triple wood this snitch ass nigga will come on here and blame interscope. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      "This nigga at this point sound like one of em chicken heads that can't get over cuz a nigga tired of em." No nigga, thats how you sound clickin on every 50 cent article to write hate paragraphs! Do you realize how pathetic that makes you? Not to mention being a groupie for a cop.

  • Anonymous

    As expected Curtis couldn't just walk away without saying something about his former employer. When Animal Hijinks flops he's going to wish he was still doing Eminem numbers on Interscope.

  • Anonymous

    THIS STUPID FCUKING LIAR. YO GO CHECK OUT THE VIDEO U COULD CLEARLY SEE THE SMS AUDIO ON THE HAT. YO, BEATS IS A BILLION TIMES BETTER THAN SMS. CURTIS JUST TRYNA DRAW ATTENTION TO HIS WEAK HEAD PHONES LIKE IT IS IN COMPETITION WITH BEATS. GTFOH U STUPID LIAR!

    • Anonymous

      Yeah like he said SMS headsets. Only people who know about SMS would know the hat represented headsets

    • Anonymous

      Beats are the worst sounding headphones on the market. Dick riders buy those for the name. People who actually know about good headphone don't fuck with those...

    • Anonymous

      a billion times better? you probably havent heard beats or sms.

  • Ayo

    50 Laws of Power- Never outshine the masteR! They own your masters Beats vs SMS

  • Tony Yayo

    Really DX? Every other article? 50 50 50. GGGGGGGGGGGGGtfoh

  • Anonymous

    Crab shit. Your bosses have a specific hustle in an industry and then you want to step on their toes by investing in the same hustle when you could have picked a million different hustles and then you bitch and moan when it's a conflict of interest. No wonder this dude told Oprah that he has no friends.

  • Anonymous

    June 3 can't wait animal ambition

  • Anonymous

    jimmy iovine is 1 of the top 5 heads of the jewish mafia and pimps out black people 50 done good getting away from him

  • Anonymous

    truth be told sms is far better than beats

  • Anonymous

    Actual Ambition coming june 3

  • Anonymous

    Why you guys leave out the part about Interscope only coming out to the My Life video w/ Adam Levine and Eminem to make sure he didn't put his headphones in the video. He ended up wearing an SMS Audio hat and I think they blurred out the logo.

  • Anonymous

    I knew it all along

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