'Rap God' Eminem Supports 50 Cent, Decision To Leave Shady/Aftermath For Independent Label
Eminem has no bitter feelings toward 50 Cent as the rapper decides to leave Shady/Aftermath Records for a new chapter of his career as an independent artist, explaining that he will treasure the ride the duo had together.
"Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career," Em said, according to MTV News. "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."
50, who has reportedly been frustrated with his role at Interscope records over the past two years, announced Thursday he was hooking up with Capitol Music Group. The rapper, who released several platinum albums during his time at Interscope/Shady/Aftermath as a major player in the early 2000's gangster rap scene, plans to release a new LP, entitled Animal Ambition on June 3 under his new independent label.
"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," he 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."
Eminem, who also recently entered a new chaper of his music carrer, is currently out on his "Rapture" tour alongside fellow rappers Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Action Bronson and 360. Rap group Odd Future was scheduled to perform in Lamar's place in New Zealand, but were not allowed to enter the country after being deemed "a threat to public order" by New Zealand immigration.
The "Monster" rapper, who graces the cover of the latest issue of XXL magazine alongside Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, also secured Australian producer M-Phazes, real name Mark Landon, for the tour, according to Australia's The Music. The beat maker serves as the opening DJ for the tour, which wraps up this weekend in Sydney, Australia at ANZ Stadium.
M-Phazes, who won an ARIA Award for his own album, Good Gracious, produced the opening track, entitled "Bad Guy," for Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Though the past year has been fairly busy for Eminem, the rapper recently explained in a Melbourne radio show interview that he still finds time to listen to other artists, which has in turn, kept him challenged.
"I always try to keep my finger on the pulse as far as what's going on in the music," he said. "But I think one of the main things about what I do and what I'm doing now is that I still feel inspired."