By William E. Ketchum III
Less than a week after 50 Cent called out Interscope Records for their lack of support, the rap star has backed down and apologized for his remarks. “Discovered a computer glitch leaked my song,” 50 tweeted on Sunday (January 8). “Sorry to team at Interscope for over reacting!” He continued, adding that although he put a lot into the unreleased album, he still doesn’t care if it ever sees the light of day. He also noted that he “just wants to stay friends” with Jimmy Iovine, the label’s chairman who he says is like a mentor to him.
Between New Year’s Eve and January 1, 50 took a break from his focus on Street King, an energy drink venture he is using to combat world hunger, to vent his label frustrations in a stream of tweets. “I’m not doing any press for this album. I worked really hard on it [and] my music speaks for itself. I may put out another mixtape for fun,” he tweeted. “Music was so much fun for me, now the politics involved disgust me. … I have lost all faith in the team I’m on. I have nothing left to say I will not be promoting my music.”
Fif once had the nickname “Interscope Jackson” when he was part of the company’s three-headed sales monster of himself, Eminem and Dr. Dre. Albums like Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ and The Massacre broke sales records, but his last disc Before I Self Destruct hasn’t passed the RIAA’s “Gold” status of 500,000 copies sold.