In late February, 50 Cent was spotted getting into an intense argument with music industry vet Steve Stoute, courtside at Madison Square Garden. It was speculated that Fif was upset over the record executive’s recent interview with Hot 97, essentially calling the rapper irrelevant.
50 spoke to MTV News about the confrontation recently, and broke down his history with Stoute.
“I said, ‘That wasn’t very nice of you, Steve. To say what you said wasn’t really nice, and I think you should apologize,’ ” Fif said with a smile, before admitting there was more to the conversation. “Nah, I said it a little different.”
50’s relationship with Stoute dates back to the late 90’s, when the record executive signed him to Columbia Records. The label was set to release the album, The Power of a Dollar, but severed ties after 50 had been shot in 2000.
Fast forward, Stoute re-appeared two years later when he signed to Interscope Records.
“Me and Steve had the opportunity to meet with each other; he was running Interscope at the time,” 50 told MTV. “When I tried to play him the music, he was like, ‘Oh no, I already know what you can do, I already know what you can do. Remember, I signed you the first time?’ And he wasn’t lying, he gave me the deal the first time. I never got the chance to play the music. The whole meeting was to talk about what he thought transpired. It was confirmation of what he had heard [about the shooting]. I was never able to get him on the phone after that.”