50 Cent Explains Olivia’s Departure From G-Unit

By Allen Starbury   /   Published 04/25/08

50 Cent50 Cent is everywhere these days. A day doesn't go by without him being in the news, and it's timed perfectly since a new G-Unit album is on its way.

Most recently, he showed up at Hot 97 to talk to Angie Martinez during her show, and spoke a little about singer Olivia's departure from the label.

50 explained that Missy got into the way with Olivia's project and caused problems, and then things never worked out. "She went to work with Missy and it got kinda crazy like," 50 Cent said with a smirk. "It got crazy because Missy was trying to own her a little bit... I think Missy hit that."

Angie was shocked to hear the comment, and everyone in the studio had a laugh, before 50 further explained  some of the sacrifices he made for the singer.

"I feel like even down to the 'I'll Whip Your Head Boy' on the 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' soundtrack, I went into a different direction because I was trying to save the Olivia project," he explained. "I went for 'Best Friend' and had [Olivia] create a remix to it, and played that version and shot a video for it, when 'I'll Whip Your Head Boy' was already going. In the club, that was their choice.

"I'm like 'I'm a million in on this project, so let me get this off, and right after you come off 'Best Friend', you can drop your single and we can just go from there," 50 continued.

However, the formula didn't work, as everyone already knows. Today, he questions the decision he made, admitting he may take Jay-Z approach to helping fellow artists next time.

"I made so many sacrifices based on people I brought around. I need to take a page outta Jay'z book because he don't compromise himself at all for them," said 50.

According to 50, he and Olivia haven't spoken since she left the label.

50 Cent also went on record about the rumored fight with his friend-boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who he said he punched when the two got into an argument over money.

The G-Unit founder explained that the two got into a minor argument when 50 told Mayweather he should pay him for telling the press that he would escort him to the ring during his recent bout with the Big Show at Wrestlemania, without consulting him first.

According to Fif, Mayweather refused, and a couple of punches were thrown -- he hit Floyd and the boxer hit him back -- before friends around them broke it up. Despite the scuffle, they are still friends, and Floyd has even agreed to pay him.

It might be quiet on the 50 Cent news front for about a week. The rapper and G-Unit are currently in Australia touring through May 4.

The upcoming G-Unit album, Terminate On Sight, is now due July 1.