Hip Hop Week In Review: The Most Popular Stories The Week Of 02/17/14
Eminem discusses 50 Cent's departure from Shady Records, Tony Yayo says G-Unit is over and Suge Knight details why he feels Kendrick Lamar & Game have bad record deals.
This week, Eminem made headlines when he reacted to 50 Cent's departure from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope, Tony Yayo discussed the status of G-Unit and Suge Knight spoke about why he feels Kendrick Lamar and Game have "two of the worst deals in the industry."
Eminem Reacts To 50 Cent's Departure From Shady Records
This week, 50 Cent made headlines when he announced his departure from Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. On February 20, 50 Cent announced that he and G-Unit Records have signed an exclusive worldwide distribution and services agreement with Caroline/Capitol/UMG. Shady Records head Eminem responded to this departure with a statement in a press release. "Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50's career," Eminem says in a statement, according to Associated Press. "Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent."
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Tony Yayo Says 50 Cent "Ain't Rocking With Me" & That G-Unit Is Over
As 50 Cent announced his departure from Shady/Aftermath/Interscope, Tony Yayo posted a series of comments on Instagram discussing the status of G-Unit.
“to much stress i flew the world already dropped an album time to try new things and the unit not together fuck it,” Yayo wrote in one Instagram comment. “To many bitch ass niggas want you to brown nose all the time homie...50 ain’t rocking with me and Banks the same I layed my life down for the unit but you live and learn."
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Suge Knight Says Kendrick Lamar & Game Have "Two Of The Worst Deals In The Industry"
This week, Suge Knightmade headlines when he appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show. The former head of Death Row Records appeared on the program and discussed his perspective on the record industry, particularly detailing his take regarding Game and Kendrick Lamar.
“The deals are still messed up,” Suge said. “I think it’s unfair if you really look at it, if you look at Interscope, the two guys from Compton—Game, Kendrick Lamar—got two of the worst deals in the industry. And when you look at it, it’s not so much the production company fault, but what people don’t realize is that if you’re on Universal, it’s the ship. Then Interscope get they cut, then Aftermath get they cut, then G-Unit get they cut. Then the guy who really has Game signed, it was another production company, then it came to Game. The reality is there’s more slavery now than ever.” While Hall checked Knight’s statement—and later quipped "12 Years A Rapper"—the record exec touted some industry deals as “worse.” “When you were a slave you knew it was bad,” he said. “When you was a slave, you was like, ‘Shit, it’s bad.’ But it’s worse when somebody make you be a celebrity and put you on a status and you thanking a person for stabbing you in the back.”
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