Kanye West Vs. J. Cole Showdown! Who Will Be The King Of June 18?

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Why Move Up The Release Date?

50 Cent versus Kanye West was the clash of the titans. The showdown was caused by both artists pushing their albums to September 11, which turned into a spectacle as the date came closer. For 50, he chose to move his date up because Curtis’ first two leaked singles—“Straight To The Bank” and “Amusement Park”—were not met with the greatest response. For West, Graduation had several releases dates, but was moved up from September 18 to compete with 50 Cent’s album because a face-off sounded like a good idea.

“This the only sport where people really going for that number one spot, and going for that moment, to be the most important, the most talked about, have the most freestyles, the most airplay, the most show dates,” ‘Ye said of their feud in 2007 to Rolling Stone. “I just wanna make a record that really embodies what people are going through.”

West continued to embrace their friendly competition. He felt that two hip-hop heavyweights releasing their album on the same day was huge. “I’d rather come out on a day like that, up against 50 — where people are excited about going to the stores and it’s an event and people talk about it — and be #2 on that day rather than come out and be #1 on a day nobody cares about,” West said in an interview with MTV News. “It’s about things going down in history. It’s not that much exciting stuff in hip-hop right now. I think people are going to make it more than what I’m making it myself. At the end of the day, I’m making music and I’m trying to sell.”

j cole 2

J. Cole’s second album has been in the works for a while now, and with his first, Cole World: Sideline Story, debuting at No. 1 in September 2011, the expectation was for his sophomore effort to follow suit. After announcing his original June 25th date back in early April—more than a month before Kanye made his announcement—it seemed like a done deal that Cole would return to the top of the charts. But then the word came: Yeezus season was set to kick off a week before, on June 18th, and Cole felt he was forced to react.

“I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album,” Cole told Billboard after pushing his date up to compete with Kanye. “It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”

Immediately, people set the date up as a battle of sorts, with the young guns lining up to take shots at one of the two occupants of The Throne. Cole, for one, wasn’t shying away from the importance of his album’s move. “I’m sure he wasn’t thinking about me, but it just put me in a situation where I was forced to just come see him on his date,” he told MTV News. “He hasn’t reached out yet [to me]. I’m sure maybe he’s heard, but I don’t know how he feels about it. But you know, it’s all respect.”

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  • Slick Joe

    ill be copping both!

  • Jay Deluca

    Fuck kanye and his hore wife cant make a hore a house wife bozo..aint coppin west just cause the name…..

  • DJ E’z Back

    Kanye’s album is actually HORRIBLE. Whereas J. Cole’s is really good. I’d recommend people listen to tracks off both online FIRST before spending your money.

  • J.Cole’s biggest fan

    J. Cole will kill Kanye’s album


    Kanye’s Album will outsell J.Cole. I listened to both albums and honestly J.Cole’s album just doesn’t do it for me. The beats are plain and boring. His best and only single to me is “Power Trip” every other track he has just doesn’t deliever. His Freshman debut was better, in my opinion. Kanye West continues to push boundaries musically. “New Slaves”, “Bound 2″ are two tracks that single handily beat J.Cole’s album. Then there is “Send it Up” which is another stand out track. “Guilt Trip” is another banger on the YEEZUS album.


    Face it, this is the kind of competition J. Cole needs. I hope he wins

  • CarolinaFiend

    Kanye let me down. I was already going to say Born Sinner is much better than Yeezus without listening to it because i’m a huge cole fan, but it actually is true yeezus sucks. Kanye will probably be selling more than Cole but it’ll because people will buy anything with the name kanye on it smh

    • Suck

      Your opinion is invalid when you revealed the huge bias you have towards cole by saying its better without even listening to yeezus. you’re ignorant.

  • kadir

    Yeezus will have the same reaction to it, as 808s did. It takes a while to understand and not everyone will like it. But there is no denying, it is genius.

  • Adam Malik

    static selektahz is sick too and mac miller, but born sinner is amazing. Yeezus is just ait.