Five years have passed since 50 Cent made his issues with Interscope Records public. Since that time, the former golden goose for Interscope has become the biggest vocal critic. Several times, 50 Cent has stated he would leave the label when his fifth album was released. Following the low sales of his 2009 effort, Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent reportedly left the label for EMI.
Because he owes five albums to the label, 50 Cent still owed another release, which he promised to release in 2010. After facing several delays, 50 Cent promised fans he would release his new material before the end of 2011. It was during this time when his disappointment in Interscope Records reached new heights.
With Interscope Records still not giving 50 Cent a release date, he decided to release The Big 10 mixtape, which was received like an album. After The Lost Tape with DJ Drama was released, 50 Cent said his next album would come with, or without, Interscope’s support. 50 Cent would release his fifth effort, 5 (Murder by Numbers) as a free digital album.
Speaking with MTV News, 50 Cent explained how he knew the album would do well because fans do not care about record labels. The reason for releasing the album was because 50 Cent wanted to have something out around the time he celebrated his birthday.
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