50 Cent Says He Saved Jeremih From Being Dropped By Label
Written by: Trill Nadia
During an interview with Hot 97’sAngie Martinez, 50 Cent says he is responsible for preventing artist R&B artist Jeremih from being dropped by Def Jam.
During 2009, Jeremih released, “Birthday Sex,” a hit single fueled by producer know-how, regarding how to maintain a spot within top 40 radio. However, when 2010 came around, marking the release of his sophomore album “All About You,” he did not witness the same success.
“They was counting Jeremih out completely,” 50 Cent told Angie Martinez. “On that project, he was already gonna be dropped by Def Jam—the first week sales were really low on the record. When we first did the song, I didn’t care. I was just looking at him as an artist—I thought he was a dope artist.’”
Jeremih only sold 17,705 copies of his second effort, but the 50 Cent collaboration “Down On Me,” gained popularity online, after a video was posted of a teenager named Keenan Cahill dancing to the track in his bedroom. The dancing teen, who suffers from Maroteaux Lamy Syndrome, lip synced to 18 million YouTube viewers, and made it as far as television on the ‘Chelsea Lately’ show.
“I told him it’s number one—you heard my verse,” 50 Cent jested. “I said, ’50 and Jeremih number one, there’s nothing higher.”
The single never reached number one, but debuted as the #25 song in the country before lingering 19 weeks on the charts, reaching number 9.