After battling with his major label for years, 50 Cent has decided to become an
independent artist. The rapper announced 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. 50 Cent burst on the music scene with
Eminem as his mentor in 2003; his "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" sold six million copies.
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 thanks Eminem and Dr. Dre in a statement.