50 Cent has revealed that he once turned down an incredibly lucrative record deal because the label was linked to former Murder Inc. executive Irv Gotti.
In a recent interview, the G-Unit head honcho revisited his decision to pass on Universal Music Group’s $1.3 million offer as a strategic business move to keep Gotti and Murder Inc from sabotaging his camp. 50 Cent prefaces the announcement by referencing Irv Gotti’s 2020 interview with B. High of Hot 107.9, in which he claimed to have blocked multiple record labels from signing his rival.
“Irv [Gotti] he was talking in an interview and he was talking about blocking me,” 50 Cent said. “As if he was blocking everything. He said. “I blocked him in a good situation.” And it just took off. And I saw situations that I didn’t where he felt like he was blocking me in that moment. But I wouldn’t deal with anyone who had direct associations or any influence over the things they had that were working.”
Fife continued. “So they offered me a million three times over at Universal to do G-Unit and my solo album and I just turned the deal down. [Tony] Yayo did not understand what he said. “What? A million and three you didn’t go do it, what? It’s like saying we’ve drawn a lottery and you’re not going to take the ticket.” And I’m like, “Oh, that’s not the right deal,” because it’s in the Universal system. Def Jam and those guys were already making money from that system. Where they could influence and sabotage everything I was buying.’
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Murder Inc. Records is a subsidiary of Def Jam, a division of Universal Music Group.
50 Cent previously addressed Irv Gotti’s statement that he “blocked n-gga [50 Cent] until she fell into Amy and Dre’s lap” in 2020, when the interview was originally published. “Now everyone knows why I act the way I act,” 50 captioned the Instagram post in which he shared the video. “These jackasses are here working against you instead of working on their shit. now look at them, they are all poor. B!tch ass ni66as”.
Despite efforts to derail him, 50 Cent has managed to maintain his career trajectory for more than two decades. On December 14, 2003, Get rich or die trying The album hit “In Da Club” surpassed one billion streams on Spotify (via Chart Data) just before its 20th anniversary.
50 Cent has also become a major television mogul, adding multiple scripted and unscripted projects to his growing G-Unit Film & Television empire in 2022.
His latest Hollywood venture will find 50 executives producing a drama series titled Fightland:, currently in development at STARZ. The scripted show follows a retired world champion fighter who finds himself on the dark side of the sport after his childhood friend and training partner goes missing.
The show’s news is huge, given the fact that it’s 50’s first project with STARZ since he announced he ended his exclusive contract deal with the network in September.
50 Cent has yet to reveal what this latest offer means in terms of his partnership with the premium chain.