Consider this one of the few breakups in Hollywood that ended well.
Music fans may have found themselves a bit surprised to hear that 50 Cent was actually leaving Eminem's Shady/Aftermath back in February when he decided to ditch Interscope Records to go independent, and while some may have assumed that there was beef between the rappers to spark the split, Fiddy reassured everyone in a recent interview that his bond with Slim Shady continues to be strong.
"It's impossible to ruin the relationship Eminem and I have built up. There's no way I would say or do anything that would disrespect what he's done for me," 50 told The Huffington Post.
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He continued, "I credit a huge portion of my success to Em because if it wasn't for him being excited about the project, no one else would have rallied around it. It's one of those things that if I hated Dr. Dre, I couldn't say it to anyone because it would bother Em. You understand? He's my Dre, and Dre is that to him, and so I would just never express it. I have nothing against Dre."
The G-Unit music mogul added his relationship with Eminem throughout the years has always been a positive one, which is why they continue to have respect for each other.
"At a point where you desperately need help, and a person comes and lends you a hand, I don't see how you could forget what that person did for you," he said. "Well, you do have artists that do forget that. I've experienced it more than usual. I've got to say this, in Em's case, when everything's going wrong, I feel like he's not even involved in it; he's never a part of it.
"Every time something positive is happening, I always relate it to Em. He only has positive energy surrounding his aura with me. When there's something wrong, he's not even aware of it. I have to call and talk to him for him to understand it. We'll have conversations when I go out to Detroit to record, and I'll be telling him about it and he'll be like, 'Get the f--k out of here.' He's hearing it for the first time."
Eminem had some very kind words to say about his protégé after 50 Cent announced his departure from the label.
"Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50's career," Em said. "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."
Fiddy is making his return to hip-hop with his new album, Animal Ambition, slated to drop on June 3. He also released videos for "Hold On" and "Don't Worry Bout It" on March 18 and announced that his long-awaited Street King Immortal will come out later this year.