50 Cent is leaving Interscope and going the independent route with Caroline, a division of Capitol Records.
50 Cent has struggled in recent years to release new music and to stick to release dates for his oft-delayed Street King Immortal as well as the more recently-announced album Animal Ambition. It appears as though he's finally taking things into his own hands, as he's left Interscope Records, with whom he'd been signed to for the past twelve years.
This may not come as a surprise, as Fif has been vocal about his issues with Interscope in the past, specifically he spoke on the delay of Street King Immortal and how he had to wait on Interscope to be ready. Today 50 made the announcement that he's moving himself as well as his G-Unit imprint over to Caroline, which is an independent division of Capitol Records, all of which is helmed under the UMG umbrella.
There's good news that comes along with this announcement, as Fif's Animal Ambition has locked in a release date of June 3rd. Apparently the album has been complete for some time now and Fif is ready to start pushing it. The pre-order for Animal Ambition will be ready on March 18th and will come with two new records.
The president of Caroline, Dominic Pandiscia, spoke on welcoming 50 and G-Unit to the independent label,
"We are thrilled to welcome 50 Cent and G-Unit to our family. 50 is simply one of the most accomplished and creative artists, and his plans for the future are as exciting and innovative as you can imagine. I deeply thank him for his belief in our team and what we can do to help support his creative vision in the years to come. I’d also like to thank everyone at Shady/Aftermath and Interscope, particularly Eminem and Dr. Dre, for offering their endorsement and support of our involvement with 50 Cent and G-Unit. They’ve done an incredible job these past 12 years, and we’ve got a great legacy of label partnership to build on."
Fif spoke on leaving Eminem and Dr. Dre, thanking them for the opportunity they provided, "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."
Eminem echoed 50's sentiments, "Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit."
Do you guys think this is a good move? Listen to the first and only release we've received off Animal Ambition, "This Is Murder Not Music" below.