G-Unit Not Dropped From Interscope

Recent

rumors have swirled that G-Unit Records might be dropped from the Interscope Records

roster, but a representative from the label flatly denied that such gossip was

true.While

nothing is certain, the rumors appear to originate from a recent appearance by

50 Cent on Shade 45 with DJ Whoo Kid. In the interview, the pair and others outwardly

joke and offer opinions on rappers like Nas, Fat Joe, Jay-Z and The Game.In

the interview, which aired last week, 50 Cent said, "Everybody looks and

they think ‘Well you can’t tell me what to do.’ [The Game] played them. None of

them sell any records. Look at Nas: ‘Hip-Hop is Dead’ is the same single [sample]

off his last album. That right there is feasting."He

also charged that he was making 25% of The Game’s current CD, Doctor’s Advocate.

A rep for Interscope refused to confirm such information.Oher

insiders suggest that the rumors stem from a down-turn in album sales for the

G-Unit brand, which typically sells into the millions..Despite

artistic acclaim, Mobb Deep sold moderate units of Blood Money, which peaked

at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums

chart.The

G-Unit debut sold over 100,000 copies during its first week in May 2006 and has

since been certified gold (500,000). Lloyd

Banks, another popular G-Unit artist, sold 143,000 of Rotten Apple in his

first week, a considerable decline from the 433,000 copies of his 2004 debut The

Hunger for More. The

album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The album also took

the #1 spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. By week four, Banks had sold

about 234,000 copies of the album, which is approaching 500,000 units sold.Others

charge that internet postings are the source of the false information.In

2007, listeners can expect releases from Young Buck, as well as G-Unit founder

50 Cent. In the interview with Shade 45, 50 Cent said that he was 90% finished

his upcoming album, titled Before I Self Destruct.

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