“I don’t really need the money off of the record. I want the record to be right. I’m not doing it without a plan; I’m not putting it out like that.” –50 Cent
50 Cent points to his label Interscope and says he won’t make a move until the record company is ready. “It’s a lot of staff changes, a lot of different people moving in and moving out, so you got to kind of wait until everything’s right; until it’s settled in,” he reasoned.
50 likens himself to a basketball player with dominant skills but less team support — someone akin to Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant maybe? “I’ve been on a team where I take the ball out and throw myself the alley-oop, and I take the ball out and shoot the three-pointer myself, and I take the ball out and I dunk the ball,” he said, driving home the analogy.
That’s not to suggest that 50 hasn’t been releasing music the past few years — he’s actually been quite active. After dropping Before I Self Destruct in November 2009, he’s dropped two mixtapes (The Big 10, The Lost Tape and 5 (Murder by Numbers)) as well as a number of singles like “My Life” with Eminem and Adam Levine, “Major Distribution” and his most recent, “We Up” with Kendrick Lamar.