G-Unit leader 50 Cent revealed how he managed to prevent R&B singer Jeremih‘s release from Def Jam by lending his support for their current smash hit, “Down On Me”.
During a radio interview on Hot 97 yesterday afternoon, 50 revealed his career-saving move.
“They was counting Jeremih out completely. He was already gonna be dropped from Def Jam before [‘Down on Me’],” 50 revealed. “He was definitely gonna be in a position where he was getting dropped because the first week sales was really low on the record…We did the song, I didn’t care. I was just looking at him as an artist and I said he sounds good, and I thought he was a dope artist, so I said I’ma do it…And we did the song, and then it took off. It’s been number one for what, five weeks now? … It made sense to me from an artist’s perspective…What I have now, the luxury of being in a secure space financially, is me having the ability to make decisions based on just the art.” (Hot 97)
Earlier this year, Jeremih spoke on what career advice he received from 50.
“I feel like every time I’ve talked to him it’s been a lesson learned. One thing he actually told me was to stay away from unfortunate and unhappy people and that was it– he walked out. I had to really think about it, but it’s the truth. In this industry, when you surround yourself with people that are very unfortunate, it could possibly lead to you being unfortunate and unhappy. Because when people are always having bad stuff happen to them, why would you surround yourself with that? That was this week’s word of advice, every week has been different.” (VIBE)
His sophomore album officially debuted on the sales chart last October.
R&B singer Jeremih’s All About You also debuted, entering at No. 27. With seven days knocked out, his latest album has sold 18,000 pieces. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Their “Down On Me” hit has not only become a radio hit, but recently became a parody on late night talk show host Chelsea Handler‘s E! program.
Chelsea Lately aired a video of YouTube lip-synching star Keenan Cahill performing 50 Cent’s collaboration with Jeremih, “Down on Me”–and then 50 Cent surprised viewers by popping out of a closet on the video and joining starting to rap with Cahill. In the video–the full version of which is shown here–the MC drops to his knees (so he and his diminutive collaborator both fit in the frame) and the two finish the song together, doing some synchronized dance moves and finishing with 50 putting a diamond-laden necklace around Cahill’s neck. (Rolling Stone)
Check out some recent Jeremih footage down below: