And Finally Beef Of The Week

CMU Beef Of The Week #73: 50 Cent v Interscope

By | Published on Friday 29 July 2011

50 Cent

Last year, rappers Nas and Shyne wrote letters to their label Def Jam to express grievances with the company’s direction in recent years. Both singled out LA Reid as the main problem (so will presumably have been pleased by his recent departure), while Nas accused the Universal-owned record company of being “a rap label that doesn’t understand rap”.

This week 50 Cent has been complaining about another Universal label, this time Interscope, to whom he is signed. Although he didn’t go for the classy long-form letter (OK, email) option, he went with the whiney, complain about it on Twitter alternative.

The rapper told his fans that he’s basically on strike following disagreements with his label. The exact nature of his squabble with Interscope chiefs isn’t clear, though it possibly stems from a run in back in May when Fiddy accused the major imprint of “moving in slow motion”.

Having said his fifth studio album was 80% complete at the start of the year, he’s now taken to Twitter to tell fans not to expect that record any time soon. He tweeted yesterday: “Man I’m not releasing an album… I can’t believe Interscope is this fucked up right now. I apologize to all my fans. I will work with other artists on their projects but I will not put out another album. They dropped the ball with me one time too many… they can’t seem to get it right when it comes to me”.

So there you go. One of the ‘other artists’ Fiddy has been working with recently is Dr Dre, and the rapper subsequently indicated via the Tweet machine that he might post his latest collaboration with his mentor on the net this week, possibly in violation of Interscope’s wishes, though it’s not entirely clear if the posting of that track would actually constitute a leak, and anyway, it hasn’t happened as yet.