News: Havoc Explains G-Unit Deal Collapse, "Interscope Felt We Didn't Sell Enough Records"
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011 6:50PM
Former G-Unit artist Havoc has come forward to speak on his days running with 50 Cent's record label and why despite dropping a Mobb Deep album during their tenure there, things never panned out.
Awaiting Mobb sidekick Prodigy's release from jail next week, Hav said Interscope Records ultimately did not view them as profit-generating artists.
"An album is definitely in the sights," he said. Although the disc's home is uncertain as of know. Havoc said, while they are still cool with 50 Cent, the group is no longer on G-Unit Records. "It was a problem for Interscope, where I guess they felt that we didn't sell enough records for them at that time," he explained. "So they let us go off the roster and we was like, the stipulations in contracts was real technical so after that I think the G-unit contracts just expired. [But] we [won't] stay homeless for long," the free agent added. (XXL Mag)
In late 2009, 50 Cent revealed Mobb Deep were no longer signed to the Unit.
"As far as the rest of the roster, of course the original G-Unit as a group are gonna stay together," Fif promised in an interview. "That's myself, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks and on the actual label, G-Unit Records as a roster, I let Prodigy and Havoc go off the label because P had to get extra money before he went into jail. And Havoc just had idle time while P was gone because he didn't work as often as P does. M.O.P. was kinda just waiting for me to do it for them...Hot Rod and Spider Loc are still technically signed to G-Unit Records...[Young] Buck is still signed to G-Unit Records, hopefully he can come up with a record. If he can come up with a song, we can get my money back, you know what I'm saying? I hope he can come up with something right quick. I'm looking forward to that check at least. They gotta pay me not to put the [G-Unit] logo on it." (This Is 50)
In September 2009, Hav said Mobb Deep was still inked to 50's label.
The two vets are still tight and have been going strong for more than 15 years. In fact, Hav said he and Prodigy plan to reunite for a new Mobb album as soon as P gets home. The duo are still signed to G-Unit, he said, and P's been writing while doing his time. Hav, though, said he wasn't sure what direction they would take on the next project just yet. That's not something that they talk about during visits. (MTV)
Last year, G-Unit's Tony Yayo accused Interscope of blackballing his crew.
"I feel like Interscope was trying to blackball me," Yayo explained in an interview. "But to each's own, man, like, when T.O.S. came out, I felt like it was a classic album, T.O.S., but I felt like, a lot of stuff I was starting to learn about the [rap] game, like, why wasn't our album up two weeks ahead of time on iTunes? You know what I'm saying? It feels like there's always something messed up, I felt the office up here, G-Unit, was doing more work than Interscope. That's why I feel like I was getting blackballed." (True Stories Radio)
Mobb Deep's run on G-Unit lasted from summer 2005 to 2009. In 2006, Mobb Deep released Blood Money which reportedly sold under 500,000 copies.
Check out some past Havoc footage below: