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50 Cent leaves major label, Eminem for independent

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2012, file photo, rapper 50 Cent arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles. After battling with his major label for years, 50 Cent has decided to become an independent artist. The rapper announced Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, he’s leaving his longtime record label, Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, and Eminem’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath. The Grammy winner and his G-Unit Records have signed a distribution agreement with Caroline, the independent label at Capital Music Group. Capitol is one of the many labels part of Universal Music Group. (AP Photo/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2012, file photo, rapper 50 Cent arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles. After battling with his major label for years, 50 Cent has decided to become an independent artist. The rapper announced Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, he’s leaving his longtime record label, Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, and Eminem’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath. The Grammy winner and his G-Unit Records have signed a distribution agreement with Caroline, the independent label at Capital Music Group. Capitol is one of the many labels part of Universal Music Group. (AP Photo/Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

After battling with his major label for years, 50 Cent has decided to become an independent artist.

The rapper announced yesterday that he’s leaving his longtime record label, Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, and Eminem’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath.

The Grammy winner and his G-Unit Records have signed a distribution agreement with Caroline, the independent label at Capital Music Group. Capitol is one of the many labels that are part of Universal Music Group.

50 Cent launched an ultra-successful, six-times platinum debut with Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2003, when he burst on the music scene with Eminem as his mentor.

His sophomore album, 2005’s The Massacre, was almost as successful, but other albums didn’t match his previous efforts and he expressed his unhappiness with his label. 50 Cent had been planning to release a fifth album on the label, but it was set with multiple release dates and singles, and eventfully didn’t see a release.

His last album was 2009’s Before I Self Destruct, which also had several release dates.

“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,” 50 Cent said in a statement. “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.”

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