Rapper 50 Cent has left longtime label Interscope in favor of becoming an independent artist.
50 Cent and his group G-Unit have left Universal Music Group's Interscope Records, and Eminem's imprint, Shady/Aftermath, after a long battle over release dates and creative license, reports CBS News . 50 Cent will now be working with Capitol Music's independent label Caroline, which is still part of the Universal Music Group. In a statement, 50 Cent said, "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."
50 Cent released his debut album Get Rich Or Die Tryin' with Interscope in 2003, which went six times platinum. His next album, 2005's The Massacre was Grammy-nominated and nearly as successful as his first album, spawning hits such as "Candy Shop". Subsequent albums from 50 Cent were met with pushed-back release dates and confused singles. Vibe reports that 50 Cent will release his comeback record Animal Ambition June 3rd, and will be taking on a new release strategy with Caroline Records, which includes releasing a new music video every week.