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50Cent

After a record-setting, 12-year run with Eminem and Dr. Dre’s respective Shady/Aftermath imprints, 50 Cent has confirmed his departure from the labels and a new deal with Universal Music Group’s Caroline Records.

In a prepared statement, 50 Cent thanked is mentors while alluding to the surprise move being spear-headed by creative differences.

I’ve had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.

Founded in 1973, Caroline Records has primarily served as a jazz and rock label, putting out records from The Misfits, White Zombie, Hole and Ben Folds Five. 50 Cent, who’s sold over 14 million records in his solo career, will be the label’s sole rap act.

Eminem added his own encouraging words for his former protegé’s new venture.

Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.

50′s last solo album, the gold-selling Before I Self-Destruct, was released in 2009. Since then, he’s released several mixtapes, including The Big 10, The Lost Tape (w/ DJ Drama), and 5 (Murder by Numbers). His next album will be the much-delayed Street King Immortal.

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It’s way too early to make predictions on how this will play out. On one hand, you could argue this might be problematic considering Caroline Records lack of previous work with Hip-Hop artists, let alone someone of 50′s caliber. On the other hand, no other rap act ensures 50 would likely get a lot of attention and as he put it, allow him to make music without the pressure of meeting his previous success.

What’s your gut reaction — good or bad for 50′s career?

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Last month, 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions held a their first ‘Big Apple Boxing” show in the mogul’s native Queens, New York. Over the weekend, 50 released this video recapping the entire card. As you can see from the list of performers, 50 was attempting to draw in the casual fans who love the music but not necessarily the sport. While I’m not personally a fan of music performances during a boxing show, it was a smart move in this case considering what most know 50′s brand for. Hopefully this will be the first of many cards the G-Unit founder will bring to NYC.

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It’s been over 13 years since Ja Rule’s Murder Inc. and 50 Cent’s G-Unit engaged in a contentious and sometimes violent fued. Earlier today, Rule disclosed that the former bitter enemies not only ended up sharing a flight, but also sat in the same row .

While not revealing where the flight was going or what was discussed, Rule noted on Twitter earlier that the pair were able to be civil with each other.

What are the chances me and 50 same flight same row no problems!!! #Grownmanshit

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) November 18, 2013

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Ja Rule was released from prison on May 7 after serving nearly two years on drug, gun and tax evasion charges. Since then, he has released two singles, “Fresh Out Da Pen” and Everything,” and also starred in the Christian drama I’m In Love With a Church Girl.

50 Cent is gearing up for the SMS Promotions debut of his newly signed fighter James Kirkland, as well as a NYC “Big Apple Boxing” show on December 20.

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Last time I call these two mentioning each other on Twitter (circa 2011), they were still issuing idle threats. It’s good to see that the “beef” has been officially dropped, although it’s too late for it to have much impact on where they are currently in their careers.

Then again… would a Ja Rule-50 Cent collab be just the spark both need?

James concentrates on conditioning and building strength. He brings the fight to you and is aggressive in the ring. The crowd loves the action and I’m excited to make him a part of our team.” – 50 Cent

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James Kirkland’s forced sabbatical from boxing will come to a end December 7, as the former junior middleweight contender launches a HBO comeback against Glen Tapia under the banner of 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions.

Kirkland’s fight puts him right back in the national spotlight, coming as part of a HBO triple-header featuring Matthew Macklin vs. Willie Nelson and Guillermo Rigondeaux against Joseph Agbeko.

In Tapia, Kirkland faces an undefeated fighter (20-0, 12 KOs) ranked in the Top 15 by the WBA and IBF. Nonetheless, Kirkland views Tapia as ill-equipped to handle his power and has promised a knockout. 

“I had this great opportunity come along with Glen Tapia. He just doesn’t have what comes with knowledge in boxing, but he will know that December 7,” Kirkland vowed. “There are different levels of fighting, as they say in the street, and he hasn’t fought anybody at my level in his 20 fights. I don’t talk too much before a fight but, he doesn’t have to worry about being 21-0, because I’m going to knock his ass out December 7.”

Kirkland’s last fight was a controversial DQ win over Carlos Molina in March 2012. Despite what will be a near 21-month layoff by fight night, Kirkland maintains that he never stopped his intense training regimen even while juggling a pending lawsuit with Golden Boy, and a dosmetic violence charge in this past summer.

“I’ve been working hard since the beginning of my lawsuit. Now that things are in motion, I’m jumping right into the mix,” said Kirkland. “My sparring sessions are like fights for other guys.”

“The proof is in the pudding. All I have to do is put in extra work and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’m not overlooking him.This is his ‘Mayweather’ fight. He wants to win and be an exciting fighter on HBO…..that’s not going to happen! It all comes down to me boxing at my best; I can beat anybody at 154 pounds or 160, name anybody. Who does what I do?  There are a couple of cats at 160 who can put on a great performance but, right now, I’m concentrating on Glen Tapia. Congratulations for him getting this fight but we are at different levels.”

Kirkland’s comeback fight will be aired on HBO live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

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December 7 sure has heated up quickly, hasn’t it? We’ll have dueling tripleheaders that night with HBO down in Atlantic City and Showtime holding court in Brooklyn. Both are very good cards, and this fight with Kirkland is likely to be the most explosive and unpredictable.

The Kirkland we remember is likely too much for Tapia, but even that Kirkland was reckless and could be put down (as Nobuhiro Ishida showed). He mentioned as a positive that his sparring is as intense as most people’s fights. That’s not a good thing — if he’s really been doing that without restraint, there’s no telling what type of fighter we’ll see in December.

Kirkland’s been so secluded from the media that we have no idea about his conditioning and habits over the last year and a half. That will make for a 50-50 fight come December.

Now that you’ve digested the news, do you see Kirkland making noise at 154 and 160 pounds? Do you envision guys like Gennady Golovkin and Sergio Martinez in his future?

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As promised, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar link up for the official video for “We Up.” Standard video, but hopefully this will be the track that lands 50 a release date for the Street King Immortal LP.

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MASHANTUCKET, CT — A new IBF featherweight champion was crowned with Evgeny Gradovich earning a bruising 12-round split decision over Billy Dib last night. It sure wasn’t the outcome 50 Cent wanted for Dib, who was the only champion in SMS Promotions, but overall it wasn’t a bad showing for 50′s first boxing event on network TV. Onto the highlights.

 

DIB ELECTS TO BRAWL, GRADOVICH MAKES HIM PAY: Dib had success early on roughing up Gradovich with mauling clinches filled with fouls. But after the third round, Gradovich settled into the pace and started to land short hooks inside which forced Dib to hold. Gradovich would keep this up for the rest of the fight and Dib couldn’t avoid Gradovich’s clubbing overhand rights. Dib did some underrated work to the body throughout the fight, but Gradovich looked so much stronger and shrugged off Dib’s power. On the other hand, Gradovich’s flush shots knocked Dib off-balance several times, especially in the all important championship rounds.

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It was a ugly fight with both guys fouling and getting points docked in the eighth for holding, but the winner was never in question (even with one judge laughably giving Dib the nod with a 114-112 score). Thankfully, Gradovich got the well-deserved victory. And to give you an idea of how rough this fight was, take a look at the referee.

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Dib was gracious in defeat, but he’s not a good investment for SMS Promotions. He’s not the guy that will help 50′s fledgling company get off the ground, so now’s a good a time as any for him to cut his losses. Other than that, 50 carried himself very well throughout the evening. The only thing that needs to be axed immediately are these ring-walks. If he had someone flamboyant like Broner it might could work, but the boxers look totally lost (Gamboa, Dirrell and Dib) and the performances come off very awkward.

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NELSON BLOWS AWAY MEDINA: Ever punch someone so hard you broke their ankle? Willie Nelson can now hit people with that one-liner courtesy of his impressive blowout of the normally durable Michael Medina. Nelson doesn’t have one particular attribute that jumps out at you when you first see him, but on closer inspection you see that he’s sound in every area and uses his height and reach advantages. He can box behind the jab using said physical tools, or bang inside relying on a tight guard and sharp counter-punching. You got a little of all that in less than three minutes before he caught Medina with some hard right hands to close this one out. Nelson should get a shot at a major title this year.

 

LUIS OLIVARES STARTS WITH A BANG: 50 had a 24-year-old, junior welterweight fighter making his debut. Will be some years before we see if it pans out, but Olivares looked very good and had a killer left hook that put his opponent on the canvas twice.

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50 Cent has been struggling for what seems like years to gain some traction with his next album. This new song, originally planned for a Kidd Kidd mixtape, shows that the G-Unit leader may finally have some creative momentum. Not surprisingly, Kendrick is the show-stealer.

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It’s a two full days later and I, like many boxing fans and writers, am still on cloud 9 after witnessing Juan Manuel Marquez’s long-awaited victory over Manny Pacquaio Saturday night at the MGM Grand. The sold-out crowd had to endure an abysmal undercard but got quite the show in the main event. While the complete aftermath of this KO will play itself out in the coming months, the below points are what I observed from press row and during the post-fight press conference.

We All Wanted the “Old Manny” Back…And So Did the “New” Marquez: We’ve all be harping on the fact Pacquiao has looked uninspired in the ring for years. His trainer Freddie Roach has attributed it to out of ring distractions (infidelity, political career etc.) and his faith in God dulling his killer instinct. But for the last few weeks, all we’ve heard from Roach is that Manny  had reverted back to the merciless whirlwind fighter we witnessed at the lower weights. And it wasn’t just Roach — word had gone through the press and was verified on the last 24/7 that Pacquiao was abusing his sparring partners.

Well, the old Manny with his reckless abandon showed up Saturday night, and it was that recklessness that left him out cold on the canvas. In the earlier Marquez fights at lower weights, he was able to get away with it because although Juan repeatedly tagged him, the future Mexican Hall of Famer didn’t have the power to put his lights out. The welterweight tank we saw in the ring last weekend definitely did.

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Round Three Changed Everything: That Marquez right landed with a pronounced thud only eclipsed by the sound of Pacquiao’s body hitting the canvas. Pacquiao was obviously buzzed, but Marquez did the right thing by not rushing in for the finish. He bided his time and continued setting traps and remaining composed despite a broken nose. After having a great round five, you could feel Pacquiao’s confidence building (and perhaps mixed with a little desperation) in wanting to finish the fight with a KO. That lead directly to that beautiful counterpunch KO in the sixth.

Bob Arum Feels Redeemed: In the post-fight press conference, Arum took a few shots at internet writers claiming the excitement of the main event showed they were wrong in claiming this fight should not have happened. He lauded the obvious KO of the Year from Marquez, the previous knockdowns, and the drama of the entire six rounds. Once again, Arum misses the point. No one ever questioned whether it would be a good fight — history had already shown that Pacquiao and Marquez are evently matched and put on good fights. The question was is it the best fight that could be made and the answer was and still is a resounding no. There will be more than enough blame to go around, but history will give Arum a considerable amount of blame for his role in Mayweather-Pacquiao never happening.

Speaking of Mayweather-Pacquiao…: You probably stopped caring over a year ago, and the result of Pacquiao-Marquez 4 is even more reason to not give this “past its sell date superfight” a second thought. What could have been a historic fight that should have taken place in early 2010 is now essentially meaningless.

What’s Next for Pacquiao and Marquez?: Brandon Rios was milling about during Fight Week and it’s no secret he next in line for Pacquiao if the Filipino icon had won. I see no reason why Marquez can’t slide into that slot because that’s a guaranteed Fight of Year battle. It would be similar to Marquez’s first fight againt Juan Diaz (the 2009 Fight of the Year) in regards to Rios’s pressure and inside fighting. The difference is Rios hits a lot harder, is much bigger and more durable than Diaz.

If that doesn’t come off, Arum of course did not rule out a fifth fight (!) with Marquez. We’ll see how the pay-per-view numbers hold up for this one, but it’d be a very hard sell considering the fourth fight’s conclusive outcome. And being that Pacquiao had to skip the post-fight press conference and head straight to the hospital for a CAT scan (which was negative), I can’t see his team really pressing to jump back in there with Marquez.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see Pacquiao take a soft touch and await the winner of Marquez-Rios, if for no other reason then to not end his career on a devastating knockout defeat.

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Keep Gamboa Far Away from Broner: Yuriorkis Gamboa returned to the ring after a 15-month absence to score  unanimous decision win over a solid Michael Farenas, who buzzed Gamboa several times with hard right hands and even scored a knockdown in the ninth. Gamboa had the rust you’d expect from a long layoff. His power was there and got him two knockdowns of his own, but Gamboa’s glaring defensive holes (hands down, pulling straight back, wide punches inside) were on full display. His promoter 50 Cent name-checked Adrien Broner as a target opponent but that is just lip service at this point. 50 is not blind and knows Gamboa is not ready for Broner at this point (and he’ll probably never be ready). Get Gamboa a few more tuneups and then see where he stands. Put them in the ring together now and Broner KOs him.

Undercard Nyquil: Not sure how it translated at home, but this was one of the worst pay-par-view undercards I’ve ever attended. Fortuna-Hyland was an extended bad sparring session for most rounds due listlessness on Hyland’s part, and Mercito Gesta was completely exposed as a  one-dimensional slugger by Miguel Vazquez. Both fights lacked any sustained action and went 12 rounds. Before the Gamboa fight I was ready to claw my eyes out.

Mexicans Were Hype All Night: The crowd was overwhelmingly Mexican and they produced one final funny moment I’d like to share. There was a couple hundred fans camped out by the press area hoping to get a glimpse of any celebrities or fighters leaving. Well, when I left a got a huge Bob Marley chant. You gotta love it. LOL

50 Cent made a recent appearance on Big Boy’s Neighborhood and offered some insight into the dissolution of his business relationship with Floyd Mayweather and their now defunct TMT Promotions. Although we’ll likely never hear Mayweather give his side, 50 sounds very believable in stating Floyd’s business and financial requirements weren’t in order. We’ll see how 50 does standing alone with SMS Promotions.

The “lover’s quarrel” is now public. After months a verbal jabs from 50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather has finally begun responding with taunts of his own, igniting a Twitter and Instgram argument last night to the entertainment of boxing and music fans alike. Mayweather began posting pictures of 50 calling him a “male groupie” and belittling his attempts to gain a foothold in boxing under SMS Promotions. 50 responded in kind by blaming Floyd for the breakup by refusing to fight Yuriorkis Gamboa, who has remained with 50 and is tentatively scheduled to fight on Top Rank’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV card. In addittion, 50 claimed Floyd is “broke” and living off an “allowance” from Al Haymon. Some of the highlights are included below.

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These two are something else. Even with the personalities involved, it’s amazing how quickly the “The Money Team” dissolved. As far as 50 goes, if he hopes to stay in boxing he must grasp the reality that his rap beef tactics, which have already run their course in this Hip-Hop era, will get him nowhere in boxing. Sure, guys like Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer and Top Rank’s Bob Arum can be just as spiteful and petty, but they have the common sense not to put their business on Front Street and squabble like teenagers.

The most interesting (and odd) thing about these tweets was 50′s accusation that Floyd “ducked” a fight with Yuriokis Gamboa. If 50 really did propose that fight I can see why Floyd ended their business relationship. Gamboa was set to make his debut at 140 earlier this year, but you throw him in there with Floyd, who just fought at junior middleweight in May?

And the shot at Andre Ward in hopes of getting his fighter Andre Dirrell a fight were laughable. Dirrell, for all his talent, has been wasting away on the shelf for the last year and done nothing to even have his name uttered in the same sentence with S.O.G. at this point.

I’m sure this will be the first of many jabs Floyd and 50 will continue taking at each other. Expected 50 to go dig up some old groupies of Mayweather’s while Floyd all of sudden gets cozy with Rick Ross and a few other 50 adversaries.