Face Off

It had to happen. Word on the streets is it’s goin’ down. Tues 9/11/07. 50 Cent’s Curtis goes one-on-one with Kanye West’s Graduation. It’s the battle all you Internet geeks have been fiendin’ for. Good vs. Evil. The “ruthless businessman” vs. the “artistic genius.” Sales. Substance. Pressure. Can a nigga make hot shit in today’s climate and still move mega millions? May the best man win, right, boys and girls?

Just curious, you Net nerds are rooting for… Nevermind. Let’s get ready to rumble.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    i hope they both do well. but without a doubt ye’s album will be more relevant years from now.

  • http://www.myglobaloutlet.com Severe

    both albums gonna sell. i have a feeling kanye might take it the first week. his single “cant tell me nothin” is sick. 50 aint got nothin hot out. but..in the end, 50 is a marketing genius so he’ll eventually outsell kanye…and every other rapper this year.

  • Danny

    wats goin down? if ur talkin bout albums being released on the same day then i think ur wrong, graduation is out on something like the 21st of august

  • http://www.nahright.com/ Dre

    It’d be funny if some country artist decided to drop that day too and beat both of them…

    As much as I like Stronger, Kanye needs a new single before then.

  • Champlain

    If that Justin song takes off…50 gots this…but if these were released tomorrow..ye gots it….

  • m@

    50 > a dude that carries a purse

  • smog

    that great marketing, its better for both, the question is who do young white girls like more, the thing is kayne on 50′s album but is 50 on kayne’s?

  • Incilin

    Are you serious?? Wow, this will be a historic day. Personally I like them both, and would consider buying/downloading both of their albums. I don’t know how good/bad either one of their albums will really be, but I can’t wait. But let’s face it, you could call it good vs evil all you want and I know some will go so far as to say “real hip hop vs. fake hip hop” (and will interchange 50s and Kanyes name) but in the end they both just make pop music.

  • noz hater

    you are so hard on 50′s dick that you don’t see no one cares about that negro no more. no one is gonna buy that bullshit. keep pushing that shit back cause it don’t matter 50 is done.

  • G Off

    50 won’t let that happen- he has too much to lose. If he sold more than Kanye, that wouldn’t hurt Kanye that much. He would get props for not being scared to go up against 50, but if ‘Ye did get him, that would crush 50′s last leg that he can stand on- sales.

  • dont ask me my name whats your name?

    this is like when Jay-Z’s “The Dynasty” and Outkast’s “Stankonia” came out the same day and Jay beat them by a handful of records and L.A Reid who was the CEO of Arista at the time claimed that Def Jam was buying their own albums back from the stores to make sure Jay debuted number one. So it really depends on who’s pockets are deeper; Jimmy Iovine’s or L.A. Reids because someone is gonna buy albums to make sure their artist debuts number one. Like Joe Budden said “ya’ll sell them to the stores just to buy them back”

  • Purple Hulk

    NIETHER ALBUM WILL BE ANY GOOD, FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR IM JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO THE UGK, TALIB KWELI, AND COMMON. AFTER THAT EVERYTHINGS GONNA BE TRASH.

  • Chad Biggz

    Ye! Hands down.

  • Bump

    fuck this site and all the nigger in here worshippin to niggers that hate the great GEORGE W BUSH down niggers down get back in your coon holes u dirty filthey niggers

  • Boner Jams 03

    c’mon now…we all know someone is gonna blink and switch their release date…probably kanye cuz he has a better business sense than to go up against “now that’s what i call music vol. 50″…plus 50′s a stubborn hard headed muthafucka so u know he wont budge…

  • Boner Jams 03

    c’mon now…we all know someone is gonna blink and switch their release date…probably kanye cuz he has a better business sense than to go up against “now that’s what i call music vol. 50″…plus 50′s a stubborn hard headed muthafucka so u know he wont budge…

  • John Brown

    Hmm….hope both sell over 800k…that will be a good look for hip-hop….i guess hip-hop will have #1 and #2 albums for that week…

  • Incilin

    BTW, you know Kayne never really sold that many records (Well at least compared to 50) Both of his albums went triple plat, which is very very impressive but we all know 50 sold twice that. Plus Kayne’s biggest first week is 600,000+ while 50 sold somewhere near 1.2 million in like 4 days. Granted that was a while ago, and 50 has fallen out of favor a bit since then (Kayne has pretty much remaine d the same) so it’s hard to say who will win the first week battle and who will win the overall war of sales. But it sure will be interesting.

  • Tyler

    Yea’ if they don’t move 50′s album back again this shit is gonna be off tha’ chain. Even tho’ I am feelin’ the K joint Can’t Tell Me Nothing more than any of the new 50 songs and I hate ‘dat 50, Justin, Timbaland crapsandwich ‘dat they are about 2 shove down our throats. I can’t call this one yo but if 50 loses this 2 that true ghey Kanye then 50 better never talk shit about nothing eva’ again. Word. It’s on.
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  • Rockcity

    There albums are being released 3 weeks apart, let’s not make this into something it’s not. All I know is i’m getting the ye album, never bought a 50 cent album, not even GRODT so why would i start now, but I bet he will still sell.

  • HEYY

    All i kno is that im buying kanye’s album. Gotta rep midwest. But i think 5O album gon win in the end.

  • angry brad

    the big bad musclebound gorilla vs. the little bear w/a backpack. rap vs. hip-hop… as fun as it is 2 predict who will win this grand competition of sales, i would much rather (and here comes the idealist in me) c 50 come out with an album that answers his critics and has some substance and i’d like 2 c them both do well! rather than c 1 win and 1 lose, i’d rather c 50 emerge as an artist with something REAL 2 contribute 2 hip-hop (but lets b real, is “curtis” really capable of that?). of course, then, i would also like 2 hear ye continue 2 push the envelope and inspire. thats 1 of the biggest differences i c between the 2. kanye sends different messages in his music that keeps the rest of us guessing. on the other hand, 50 will likely continue 2 tell us how much more $ he has than all of us and tell us the number of different ways he can kill sumbody. he’s done this on his past 2 albums already! therefore, i will BUY “graduation” and DOWNLOAD what i like of “curtis”.

  • angry brad

    oh yeah, plus white ppl love 50 cent.

  • Northside STL

    “dont ask me my name whats your name?” you got it backwards…stankonia outsold dynasy…you must be referring to when aquemini & hard knock dropped the same day and jay outsold kast then. anyways i like both artist(‘ye & fif), but i’m gonna buy the yeezy on the strength

  • J.R.O.

    ‘Ye, ignoramus.

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    Kanye is a
    fruit of the loom

    *Turns up 50 cent “I get $”*

    I love this song so much, I refuse to listen to any other version

  • Hokus

    I think this is gonna be a good day for hip-hop. When was the last time anyone went out and bought two major lable rap releases on the same day? Give people a reason to hit the record store and buy that shit!

  • ThingAlec

    I would say neither. But if i had to choose, i’d choose Fiddy (sorry guys). It’s just that Kanye has become too nerdy. His Stronger single is the biggest POS i’ve ever heard and seen. He samples one of the worst bands ever (Daft Punk) and get’s all anime-ish. Looks like that Jeru ripoff Lupe has spoiled Ye’s mind.

    Though it isnt saying much

    Amusment Park>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Stronger.

  • Cinsere

    That’s gonna be crazy…I’m def. coppin’ that Kanye, but that’s not saying anything cuz I never liked 50 and his whole see-thru persona, so I’ve never copped anything he’s put out, not even GRODT. ‘Ye will easily have a better album than 50…but 50 IS a marketing jugernaut…and he’s finally been able to generate some much-needed buzz with that “I Get Money” shit…so who knows? I think ‘Ye will edge him out though…I think people in general are growing a bit tired of 50.

  • Mekele

    I hate it for whoever else comes out that day.They are gonna get destroyed

  • yaboy

    coppin the Ye. YN, your blogs are annoying to skip over to get to bol’s so maybe just stop altogether…?

  • brebre

    FUCK. THIS IS BAD FOR HIP-HOP. THEM DUDES ARE TWO OF FEW HOUSEHOLD NAMES FROM HIP-HOP. WHY KILLING EACH OTHER? AT THE END, BOTH GON MAKE LESS MONEY BECAUSE OF THIS EGO GAME. THIS IS REALLY NOT HEALTHY. SO POINTLESS.

  • ye

    kanye has talent. 50 just has steroids. watch 50 diss kanye soon guarantee

  • gees dat dude

    Dey both asshole-a-sauruses

  • Hip Hop since 79′

    Little Brother’s “Getback” drops on the same day.

  • BigMike

    Ye’ will take this one. 50′s album is too predictable…he raps about the same boring shyt every single album.

  • Gnicks

    I’m gettin’ KanYe. Curtis’s CD is gonna suck, but lames will buy it ’cause they think its gangsta. KanYe is more progressive and lyrical than Curtis. I don’t think people are THAT interested in what Curtis has to say anymore. He released 4 singles, and only one of them was hot, meanwhile KanYe pumps out 2 hits. If Curtis doesn’t sell more than KanYe his career is over. Ja Rule had a buzz for 2 albums and then he fell off. The Game did to 50 what 50 did to Ja. Reep what you sew Curtis!!

    If you don’t wanna buy KanYe’s CD because he looks gay, why would you wanna buy Curtis’s??? Did you see his cover of GayQueer?

  • Manka Cat

    This is like November 21st 2006, when Snoop and Jay both dropped on the same day. It also just so happened to be the same day that Pac’s Life dropped, and was only a week after The Doctor’s Advocate. I don’t remember much of a competition then. In fact, I don’t remember thinking any of those albums even came close to they’re potential, though Game’s was better than expected. And I don’t remember it being a “Historic day in hip-hop” though it should have been, and maybe would have been 5, 10 years ago. The only truly awesome album from last year was “Hip-Hop is Dead”, which I thought was a classic. Put that shit back on if you don’t remember. Nas is getting stronger every time around.
    Anyway, 50 vs. Kanye = 50. 50 deserves it more. That guy works like a fuckin’ maniac. He breathes eats and shits his hustle(s). I saw Kanye perform in Seattle last year, and it was hot, but hes not hungry. He was just having fun. He was joking around, spending 5 or 10 minutes talking to the crowd, etc. 50′s been fucking up lately at concerts, but he still focuses on delivering a strong performance, one for the fans. Plus, 50 has more replay value than Kanye. I think I’ve heard Late Registration all of 2 times. Massacre? Countless. Not because its an awesome album, or a classic, but because it sounds good, you can bump it. “Get ‘em high” is the only banger Kanye has, and its 4 years old now.

    My Prediction: Kanye sells 600,000 first week, 1.3 overall.
    50 sells 800,000 first week, makes it to 1.5. Its kinda sad. 50 deserves to go at least 5 mil. Kanye should get 3-4. Some day we will all look back and say, “Remember when Hip-Hop was dead? Remember the year when every single legend in the game (90′s plus) dropped and nobody went plat? I mean, 2006 had DMX, Nas, Jay, Snoop, Cube, even Biggie and Pac, and nobody cared. X was solded out by a NOW! cd. Thats the kind of thing that makes you consider suicide.

  • Manka Cat

    This is like November 21st 2006, when Snoop and Jay both dropped on the same day. It also just so happened to be the same day that Pac’s Life dropped, and was only a week after The Doctor’s Advocate. I don’t remember much of a competition then. In fact, I don’t remember thinking any of those albums even came close to they’re potential, though Game’s was better than expected. And I don’t remember it being a “Historic day in hip-hop” though it should have been, and maybe would have been 5, 10 years ago. The only truly awesome album from last year was “Hip-Hop is Dead”, which I thought was a classic. Put that shit back on if you don’t remember. Nas is getting stronger every time around.
    Anyway, 50 vs. Kanye = 50. 50 deserves it more. That guy works like a fuckin’ maniac. He breathes eats and shits his hustle(s). I saw Kanye perform in Seattle last year, and it was hot, but hes not hungry. He was just having fun. He was joking around, spending 5 or 10 minutes talking to the crowd, etc. 50′s been fucking up lately at concerts, but he still focuses on delivering a strong performance, one for the fans. Plus, 50 has more replay value than Kanye. I think I’ve heard Late Registration all of 2 times. Massacre? Countless. Not because its an awesome album, or a classic, but because it sounds good, you can bump it. “Get ‘em high” is the only banger Kanye has, and its 4 years old now.

    My Prediction: Kanye sells 600,000 first week, 1.3 overall.
    50 sells 800,000 first week, makes it to 1.5. Its kinda sad. 50 deserves to go at least 5 mil. Kanye should get 3-4. Some day we will all look back and say, “Remember when Hip-Hop was dead? Remember the year when every single legend in the game (90′s plus) dropped and nobody went plat? I mean, 2006 had DMX, Nas, Jay, Snoop, Cube, even Biggie and Pac, and nobody cared. X was solded out by a NOW! cd. Thats the kind of thing that makes you consider suicide.

  • Manka Cat

    Fuck I hate it when that happens. Sorry.

  • SAN FER

    50 all the way through

  • v

    am going with kanye cos i liked his track record so far .fiddys last joint sucked ,he brings nuthing new and all the gngsat talk is now played out .his gangsta gimmick is played out

  • Cuban Link

    Lmao @ Dre, oh thatd be classic.I could see it now, that cracker Toby Keith dropping a CD and outselling both of them.

    I hope they dont both drop that day, itll hurt hip hop even more.It would split the sales of both of em, so neither would sell as much as they could.Plus, I wanna see both of em take th number 1 spot on the week they come out.

    Cant Tell me Nothing is iight, lmao, Loso kept singing the hook on Hot 97 today, that was funny.But Stronger is just one of the sickest songs Ive heard in a minute.I think id want 50 to win though, I always like one of Kanyes first singles then I never like his album.Hes good, just not my style.

  • Cuban Link

    @ Manka Cat, co-sign about what u said about Fiddy deserving it more, but damn, you cant tell me Hip Hop Is Dead was the only classic of last year.Fishscale, Second Rounds On Me, and a shit load of underground albums were fire last year (ie, Poison Pen, Worst Fears Confirmed, A Piece of Strange, that shit 2Mex was on, etc).And all of those werent even the best album.

    the album of 06 was The Roots-Game Theory.Thats one of the greatest CDs this decade IMO, just because of the dark, chaotic feeling it gave you, and how well that fit the world today.

  • grapes

    And Cuban Link, Fishscale was not classic. Hip Hop is dead is true, but that only makes it a little bit better as an album because it’s making a statement. Nas definitely didn’t flip his classic on that joint. Second Rounds on me…I haven’t heard it yet. So I can’t judge.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    I would say neither. But if i had to choose, i’d choose Fiddy (sorry guys). It’s just that Kanye has become too nerdy. His Stronger single is the biggest POS i’ve ever heard and seen. He samples one of the worst bands ever (Daft Punk) and get’s all anime-ish. Looks like that Jeru ripoff Lupe has spoiled Ye’s mind.

    Though it isnt saying much

    Amusment Park>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Stronger.
    ^
    ahahahahah pos? bitch you listen to amusement park. f*ckin strap-on wearing son of a bitch.

  • http://xxlmag.com Albert

    fif is gonna outsell kan. atleast i think so. im buyin both the day they come out 4 sure tho. neither of ‘em will switch their release dates, they’re both 2 stubborn n cocky. n both very talented. i guess we’ll just have 2 wait n c. my money is on 50cent(no pun intended)

  • http://www.xxlmag.com King Ben

    I think Ye is gonna get him. Fif will go diamond,Kanye will sell like 5 mil, but Ye will get the first week sales.

  • Calibud

    Love 50 to death, but Im going for artistic creativity in this 1.

  • Ghetto Cherokee

    buying both of them it sucks but i want them both

  • Ghetto Cherokee

    50 is gonna win in sales but which album will be better my ears will explode on 9/11

  • Ghetto Cherokee

    side bar both are under the Universal umbrella and both are their 3rd albums conspiracy hum

  • BklynBandette

    Kanye All The Way.

  • Ali

    ydoes every1 care so much about sales…..i never really gave a shit but this post IS about sales so my 2 cents is that 50 is gonna get his ass kicked just like Yayo did vs Late Registration…….I like 50 but thats tha truth he better push it up or back or sumthin if he wants to “get it” lol……….& as far as music goes, which is tha real point, Kanye will also kick ass too

  • Teddy

    the irony of this entire article is that you are a net nerd your self so you should be asking your self who you are rooting for

  • Vicious Seiger

    Finally 2 releases worth waiting for. It’s been a year of disappointments (Fab, TI, MIMS – Need I go on.) these two artist may actual save me from being on 2007 strictly R&B diet.

  • anonymous

    The real story is who is gonna feel the pressure & back down first from that release date. Trust me the first nigga that has his album pushed back again & not compete on that date is gonna look like a fuckin’ loser.

    Kanye is trying to make 50 blink. Artistic Genius vs Cheesy Dildo Salesman?

    Shit nigga I ain’t buying somebody’s album just to help a multi-millionaire get richer. Fuck that shit! So 50 loses….

    Kanye all day

  • Young Jopey

    one one side fake gangstervs the metrosexual borderline gay backpacker …….the winner is just don’t buy 50 cent albums he speaks no context in his music

  • J-Express (Western Conference)

    50 got ‘em I think, but seriously, 50 Cent can succ on Olivia’s Dicc 50 times, cuz Ye’s mo’ lyrical even though he’s been kinda’ flopping lately wit his two singles that don’t compurr to “Through the Wire” (College Dropout) and “Diamonds” (Late Registration)….

  • http://deleted im that nigga

    THERE NOT GOING TO DROP ON THE SAME DAY ONE OF THEM IS GONNA PUSH THEIR ALBUM UP.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kobwoiiz1 MaccMilez

    lol .. always these niggas with the .. “if the shit doesn’t send a message all the got damn time then it suckz” talk ..

    umm then y r u on this site then .. cuz YN .. is all about what sells .. get on ur game so called lyrical listeners ..

    also 50 will murk ‘ye in sales … cuz come on it’s fuckin’ MR. “I MADE 400 MILL OFF WATER !!” .. VS. MR. “BACKPACK BALLIN SPEAKIN THE TRUTH” ..

    ‘ye sales 4-5 ..

    50 sales 7.5-9 .. end of story

  • The King Mike G

    fuck it Imma get Both

  • http://xxlmagazine.com Cal

    Lets all be honest! Kanye hasn’t had an image change or anything worth givin massive stories about. Right now everybody’s gonna look at 50 no matter what coz just like Em and Dre will have to he has to prove to the entire Fuckin’ Universe that he’s still who he was when he started. More critics and eyes are on Fif even more than Kanye could ever imagine his whole life. Kanye’s albums come with good singles but nothin else he doesn’t pull a shit train behind him like Fif. Big dude has a lot of publicity goin’ on. Like one dude here said Kanye’s just mouthin’ off he doesn’t care even if Fif outsells him he’ll still have cred and whatever but Fif under no circumstances can let that happen!!

  • Rodjilius

    hah im kinda wonderin which will do better too

  • Mr. Whats beef

    yall know that i know that they know (50 and kanye) know 50 going to win. he has a bigger fan base, people that hate 50 buys his records. 50 cent name sells also

    and im surprised nobody mentioned the same day that Jay-Z’s the black album dropped along with g-units beg for mercy, this was jay’s last album before retirement and g-unit when they were on top of their fucking game.

    the winner was jay-z by the way but beg for mercy was close.

    who says black people from the hood can’t sell millions of records, that shits incredible. the government dont like that shit, thats why they have OPRAH working for them.

    Black people are the most entertaining mofo’s on this planet.

    we in here, good luck to both.

  • http://xxlmag.com MJ

    HONESTLY….95% OF PEOPLE WHO GO TO THE RECORD STORE THAT DAY ARE GONNA BUY BOTH, ME INCLUDED(TAKE THAT BACK, ILL STILL BE IN IRAQ, SO ILL GET ON ITUNES AND COP’EM BOTH) BUT…..50 WILL GET YE BY A SLIM MARGIN…MY GUESS
    50=750K
    K,W,=735K
    AND THE HYPE SURONDING BOTH OF THEM NOW WILL BE OUTTA CONTROL BY THE TIME SEPT 11 ROLLS AROUND, SO U CAN PROLLY ADD ON ANOTHER 100K TO MY SALES PREDICTION. BUT THERE AR OHTER FACTORS EACH CAN USE TO TIP THE SCALES IN THEIR FAVOR…

    A.) JAY-Z STARTS FEELING THE PRESSURE. HE AINT GONNA BUMP KANYE UP , HIS EGO IS TO BIG FOR THAT. SO WHAT DOES HE DO….HOP ON A KANYE TRACK AND EAT IT ALIVE WITH A SICK VERSE, GETS ALL OF US TALKIN HOW HE CAME WITH IT,VINTAGE JIGGA, THROW IT ON THE ALBUM AND WE HAVE OUR WINNER,OR….

    50 HAS EM AND DRE IN HIS ARSENAL. 50 MAY BE MANY THINGS, BUT HE AINT STUPID WHEN IT COME TO MAKIN MONEY, AND WITH THEM TWO IN HIS CORNER ALMOST ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. AND HE WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO TAKE THE UNDERDOG ROLL(PRE GRDT) FOR NOW, A PULL THAT MAGICAL RABBIT OUT IS TEFLON VEST AND OUT DO KANYE SO HE CAN GO BACK TO HIS “SHUT THE FUCK UP” ROLL(AFTER GRDT)

    IMO, IT A WIN/WIN FOR BOTH OF THEM AND HIPHOP IN GERNERAL….

  • Trev-O-Negative

    I hope both uv dem dropz,cuz my twin brotha luvz kanye,and i luv 50,so it would be like gettin’ our favorite artist’z albumz 4 or birthday.So either way u look @ it both uv dem iz gettin’ copped,and i will hear dem both,but truthfully,i think fif will out sell ye,i mean c’mon,kanye even does production on “Curtis”,da only person not on this album is lil gayne,cuz he sux!!!! But both albumz will sell and ressurect album sellz.

  • Manka Cat

    @Cuban Linx
    I was just talking on major releases from widely considered legends of the game, but you are right, some of the underground shit was tight. Servants in heaven, kings in hell was sick, and 4:21 wasn’t as bad as everyone seemed to say either, but I can’t say I was impressed with Second Rounds On Me. And I’m a Shady/Aftermath fan usually. Cry now was good but I’ll take Cheers over second rounds anyday. Roots I haven’t heard since it came out, but I remember liking it. Not that my opinion justifies yours, but you get my drift.
    Also its kinda stupid to be comparing Kanye and 50 since they are completely differant artists with differant sounds. No one is saying maybe they have differant audiences to a degree, outside of the hardcore hip-hop fans. Hell yeah, I’ll buy both, but most everyday music fans, with no special favor for hip-hop, aren’t going to enjoy both. We’re so into this over the top competition stuff that feeds (or helps kill) hip-hop even we can’t see past two heavyweights dropping on the same day. Hip-hop is, or was, supposed to have a heavy theme of open-mindedness and progressiveness. We’re all just adding to the fucking bullshit that we’ll end up bitching about when there’s a 50/kanye beef.
    It’s no more Kanye vs. 50 then it’s backpack/intelligent/”real”/(Insert lofty praise term of choice here) Vs. Gangsta Rap. The people writing here are representing the minority in the country who will buy both, because we will enjoy both. It shouldn’t have to be a war between two talented artists we can generally appreciate, if not for their personalities, then for their contributions to Hip-Hop.
    Didn’t mean to ramble, I’l try to keep it short next time.
    Peace.

  • MannyWallace

    Northside STL Says:

    July 19th, 2007 at 2:15 pm
    “dont ask me my name whats your name?” you got it backwards…stankonia outsold dynasy…you must be referring to when aquemini & hard knock dropped the same day and jay outsold kast then. anyways i like both artist(’ye & fif), but i’m gonna buy the yeezy on the strength

    That was the first thing that came to mind…ATCQ’s The Love Movement came out that day too…

  • CHI TOWN 4 EVER

    KANYE IS GOIN TO KILL 50 Cent man if kanye wins its going to show that hip hop is still living

  • Chet

    Ye – all the way

  • swizzy

    Kanye will sell more records based on the fact that half of 50 cent’s album is already out practically, and he has a VMA performance on sept 9th, two days before th e release date. that will get mad hype…. so i would bet on kanye