Should Ye Battle 50, Or Jay-Z?

Ha! Just last Friday, I wrote a blog entitled, “How Long Before 50 Clowns Kanye For ‘Love Lockdown?’”

The post was close to completion, but I got caught up doing other things, so I had to can it.  What do you know, a clip featuring 50 mocking Ye surfaced over the weekend. I guess the answer is, less than a week. The clip shows Fif doing some fruity-like movements while lip synchin’ to West’ new single. Later in the clip, Tony Yayo,mocks Ye’s LAX incident by shoving the camera away from his face.

But here’s what’s really interesting. 50′s Before I Self Destruct is scheduled to hit stores December 9th, one week before Ye’s  808′s & Heartbreaks. I’m a longtime Fif supporter. I’m talking about “How To Rob” Fif when he used to tell me about his projects when he came by my old job.  I’ve always been rooting for the kid, but at this point I’ve lost interest in his music. That G-Unit album was tough, but Fif still has a lot to prove as a solo artist. Not that I don’t enjoy the comedy, but he should be worried about putting some good material rather than clown Ye. Then again, maybe Fif wants a rematch. Maybe he’s just baiting Kanye.

Still, if I’m Kanye, I push my release date up to the 9th for Round 2. But this time, no Mr. Nice Guy. No kissing up to Fif. No saying, “I Get Money” is your favorite track. No saying I know I’m gonna lose anyway. Just go hard (pause) at dude. I think Fif would be the underdog this time around, so it would be interesting to see how things play out.

I was just talking to my boy Cash over at SOHH and he said Ye should go up against Jay-Z: Big Brother Vs. Little Brother. Cool, but I think the hype would be minimal. What made the 50 and Ye duel so ill last year, is how different the two artists were. Also, whether you rooted for Fif or Kanye, there was always a doubt that the other could emerge victorious. I doubt anybody thinks Jay-Z can outsell Ye in a head-to-head contest. Sure, Hard Knock Life sold 5 million copies, but that was 10 years ago.

What do you guys think? Should Ye not bother? Should he try to go up against Big Brother, or should he go at 50?

  • TheCo!!inB

    Fif still won the international battle and that’s all that really counts if you’re talkin numbers….U.S. sales are cool but is your shit flying off the shelves is Uzbekistan or Islamabad…..is it poppin in Dubai and Shrilanka? They all should go head to head *pause* at the end of the year. Material wise I hope Fif has better records this time out….actually utilizing your parent labels ceo as a producer couldn’t hurt this time (dre not em….the fuck wants em beats these days?) but for some reason I think their work relationship is nil.

  • Juan

    I think they should all drop on the same date!!

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Niether

    Just drop an album on the same day they drop.

  • Garrett40

    Ye should not even bother. If its real that
    %80 of this album will be sung in auto-tune I think it will flop. If he gets back in the lab and comes out with some quality material like he did for Graduation then he will produce some major numbers. 50 and Hov will still get their numbers regardless; maybe not as much as the last go round but they will still move 300,000+ copies first week. Ye is on another level musically and creatively so he gets college kids that dont listen to hip hop to buy his album, Jay and 50 dont have that kind of effect. I’m anxious to see what type of material Ye leaks in the next month. Hope it is a lot better than Love Lockdown.

  • geico lizard

    i agree with juan they should all 3 drop on the same date i think something like that happened back in the day it was like jay-z dmx and outkast all dropped the same day but i cant remember what albums it was. i dont understand how yayo can clown anybody because at least 50 has had some wins yayo is on a lifelong losing streak as a hypeman/weedcarrier

    • Juan

      geico lizard says:

      yayo is on a lifelong losing streak as a hypeman/weedcarrier

      That Was Funny!!!

  • Trainwreck

    International sales mean dick. Those eurthrash will buy anything.

    50 is bitch and thats that

  • ~S-DOT~

    ROUND 2, BIG HOMIE!!!!! BUT WE ALL KNOW YE WILL COME OUT VICTORIOUS ONCE AGAIN BCUZ HE MAKES CLASSIC MUSIC 4 DA AGES. 50 HAS DA SAME AFFECT BUT NOT 2 KANYE’S STANDARD….U CANT SAY IF U GO BACK N PLAY DA GET RICH OR DIE TRIN DAT IT WILL HAVE DA SAME AFFECT ON U…OR HAVE YO HEAD KNODDIN LIKE COLLEGE DROPOUT DID! DONR GET ME WRONG, GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN WAS 50′S BEST ALBUM BUT KANYE IS DAT DUDE 4REAL FAM…

    • Blizzie Mac

      yo i really can’t agree with you on that b. because if I was to listen to GRODT right now i would remember a whole buncha shit from 03 and start vibing all over again which im sure is the same for everyone who really listened to the album…college dropout was IIGHT but kanye didnt put work in until Late Registration when he introduced the world to one of the most slept on nice rappers Lupe Fiasco. Touch the Sky was my SHIT IN 05!! hot 97 used to wild’ with that shit in the summer. but yeah…GRODT got some jams b.

  • devog

    First off, I agree with you that 50 is baiting Ye. That being the case, there is no way that Curtis would let them dudes get all that publicity not try sneak his way on stage, oops, I mean up stage them. You saw what happened at the concert at MSG last year.

  • Pierzy

    Jay-Z is beyond all of this. And I’m not a Hov dickrider, but he doesn’t really care what he sells, especially on this album. I’m sure he wants to keep his #1 streak alive but besides that, he couldn’t card less. The dude is just playing out his contract until he can move off Def Jam.

    Kanye vs. 50 was actually interesting last year (Rolling Stone cover) so why not a rematch?

  • bull

    they all should dope a album at the sometime and we’ll all see who the best one

  • Tre83

    I think Kanye should really take a new route and not autotune the album. Make it soulful and relating to whats going on in his life and pay 50 no mind. G-unit is the ne new No Limit. Ailing wealth and all. I’m not a 50 fan anymore cause this dude has done nothing new since 2003. Every album sounds the same. The same ol if you fuck with my bread I’ll kill you raps. How many times can this nigga say that in an album!! FUCK!! Same damn marketing strategy which is “beef with whoever the fuck is doing something bigger than him” This is a hatin ass nigga at his finest(50 that is).

  • Og Bobby J

    I said this before, the reason fif lost was the single selection and poor promotion. While kanye came out killin it with the “wait til i get my money right…” and the t pain joint and flashing lights….fif came with straight to the bank…amusement park and fully loaded clip….the 3 worst tracks on his project.

    if you wouldve hear…i get money, the timberlake one for pop…and still kill w/ akon…i think he woulda won….IMO

    anyway….Kanye is a great producer and sub-par rapper…i aint coppin it.

    • Valdez

      ^^^^I have to agree with everything dude said. But I’ll prolly cop the kanye album. I def. won’t be coppin 50 tho.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik

    y’all niggaz is dumb Ye went 3x plat world wide including the US but 50 only went 2x plat and ye would merk all these foolz they should make it interesting and drop all on the same day jay wont even do 250k+ coz the nigga a has been overrated lyric biting dick sucking fag

  • JeffDaChef

    Man, wassup with the picture of Kanye on the home page?

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  • kashrulz

    It’s funny how impressionable fans can be. When 50 mocked Kanye, the fans were screaming “Fuck Kanye West!, Fuck Kanye West! Suck my Dick!” and I was like woooooooow. That’s saying something. They be same people who’ll go to Kanye’s concert and say ” Fuck 50 Cent! Fuck 50 cent! Suck my dick!” …bunch of brainless, disloyal, pussies.

  • kelito-vision

    i agree with the folks saying all three should drop on the same day…that would be great for hip hop…the problem Fifty been having is the singles…he just doesn’t seem to pick the right singles anymore for his projects…

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    Although I doubt all three of those albums will be out by the end of the year (Then again, Ye got his single buzzing already and 50 and Jay are actively trying to conclude their contracts) this will be one hell of a December. The buildup is just starting, I mean we still got all of October and November. The three biggest rappers in the world are all going against each other in a triple threat match styled battle royale (wow, I sound like a wrestling announcer) for the top spot in hip hop. I have no idea who’ll come out on top, but my guess based on last time around… Kayne?

    And here we are talking about rematches. Fif right when he said rapping is like boxing.

  • http://xxlmag.com Cal

    Yo since curtis went bald doesn’t he look more and more like he did just about the time GRODT came out? Hip Hop is like Gotham you gotta pick the roll you play carefully and maintain it. Fif happily became the villian hence he doesn’t have to care or show any regard for who he disses and how, its just what he does thats why he’s still a relevant force in hip hop and its why people like Al Sharpton left him well alone after finding out that he’s crazy enough to respond. Even that Conan O’brien interview he did showed just that. He said things that would be really offensive if said by Kanye or Jay Z but he’s the bad guy so we found it funny!

  • Og Bobby J

    on a side note…the next few months are looking good for hip hop…

    statik selektah album coming in oct…
    termanology coming sept 30….
    Jada…coming halloween…
    fif and jay coming in december….

    looks like a solid showing coming our way…

  • tengrand004

    well, we’ll just have to see what happens, i mean noone here can actually think that 50 or kanye is on jay’s level lyrically, but honestly all 3 make good music, but i’m a real hip hop head, i prefer lyrics, and to be honest i won’t be buying any of these albums, because here in brazil it’s not worth copping the cd’s because they get released like 2 months after it is release in the US, so i’ll be downloading all 3…lol

  • tengrand004

    ohh yeah how couls i forget, how about ruck and roc coming back from the abyss, now i like both cats, but i hope them niggas stay relevant, the 3 sean price joints were fire, i hope they have alot of production from the cats in the justus league( 9th, khrysis, ill mind, nicolay) now that would be the shit

  • ~S-DOT~

    IT WONT EVN MATTER EITHER WAY HE GOES BECUZ HE GONNA SELL MORE RECORDS ANYWAY. KANYE TOUCHES MORE THAN JAY N 50. GRANTED JAY N 50 APPEAL MORE CORPORATELY, BUT FANS WISE…KANYE’S KILLN BOTH OF EM. IF U WANT MORE HYPE…GO 50! IF U WANT 2 GO IS LIL BROTHER SURPASSING BIG BROTHER…GO JAY! BUT U HAV2 ADMIT….DA WAY JAY N KANYE LOOKN NOWADAYS I.E. MESSD UP FACIAL HAIR N JAY’S LIL PEACH FUZZ N WHAT NOT..BETTA MEAN DEY N DA LAB PRODUCING GREAT MUSIC..CUZ DEY LOOKN ROUGH…..KANYE WAS JUS FEELN DEPRESSD CUZ HIM N HIS EX HAD BEEN BROKEN UP N HIS MAMA HAD PASSD(BUT HIM N SHORTY BACK TOGETHER NOW…SO HE’LL PROLLY BE HITN UP A LOCAL SHOP NEAR U)…N JAY STILL TRYNA GROW SOME HAIR 4RM NAS’S “ETHER” LINE….”YOU NO MUSTAPHE HAVN WHISKERS LIKE A RAT COMPARED 2 BEANS YOU WACK” LMAO

  • i am legend

    kanye should go up against 50 again 4 all the people who think it was just luck or a fluke and prove again that he is the better artist he is just 2 musically inclined 4 50.

  • grp03

    Kanye shouldn’t push shit up until he fixes that disaster of a studio version of Love Lockdown. As for 50, i don’t even think he gives a shit anymore about beating Kanye considering he is one of the wealthiest MCs of all time. He simply knows making fun of Kanye will increase his sales of his album if they come out around the same time, like it did last time.

    I think everyone realizes this by now, but in case you didnt:

    Musically, Kanye is better.
    As far as tolerance goes for their personality, i would much rather watch an interview with 50 than Kanye. If Kanye isn’t the douche bag ever, than you got me fooled. And i thought that before he decided to go apeshit on a camera man at Lax. On the other hand, 50 on Conan was hilarious.

  • escobar9300

    hahaha that pic of kanye has him lookin like the motherfucker from Hangin with Mr. Cooper with that cheesey ass smile lmfao

  • King B

    Muthafucka you never spoke to 50 cent about his projects lying bitch lol

  • Tre83

    But 50 Has been having trouble selling as well as being marketable because his only strategy is beef. His music is repetitive as high hell. Being a good musician, mc, or whatever you may wanna call it doesn’t have shit to do with how rich you are. There are several great musicians and mc’s who died broke as fuck! some never sold 40 million records but had a solid following to be recognized. 50 has that much. But if you keep putting out the same shit with no progression, then people will grow tired of you. sales wise people have already done so. Dre don’t really fuck with dude too tough. Thats a co sign he really needs being on Dre’s label.

    It’s well known if Dre say he aint fuckin with you, Nothing really comes out good for ya Career!

  • Enlightened

    bull says:

    they all should dope a album at the sometime and we’ll all see who the best one
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Exactly. Fuck who sold the most. I’m tired of that corny ass shit. People can say what they want to but I’m not a fan of none of those three niggas mentioned about, but when the last 50 Cent album and Kanye dropped my nigga had both of ‘em. We was smoking herb and playing Madden and we listened to both of them all the way through. The 50 album killed that shit to me. Not that it was great. But I only liked about 4 songs on Kanye last album. I don’t like all that experimental white boy ass shit. That shit is corny and annoying to me.

  • ~S-DOT~

    @ TRE83……SO U SAYN IF EM DIDNT HAVE DRE..HE WOULD B A NOBODY?????….I KNO DRE FOUND HIM N ALL…BUT I DISAGREE WIT YO STATEMENT FAM

  • ~S-DOT~

    @ ENLIGHTENED……DA REASON Y U FEEL 50 ALBUM WAS BETTER THAN KANYE’S DAWGS……WAS BECUZ U WAS SMOKN DAT HERB DAWGS, YO MIND GOT ALL MESSD UP WIT DEM FUMES N DA NEXT PLAY U WAS BOUT 2 RUN HAHA….DAT KANYE WAS CLASSIC FAM, NOT DISSN 50, BUT DA GRADUATION WENT WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY HARDER THAN CURTIS

  • capcobra

    all 3 of ‘em need to drop back to back weeks instead of at the same time…do it like the political conventions..my go..your go..his go..add up the votes at the end.

  • Hold Tight The UK Garage And Grime… UK I Rep Thats Me When I Rhyme!

    Don’t get too hyped.

    These are first dates. They have to change 18 times yet!

    All on the same day would be good or what capcobra said about back to back weeks, that would be great for hip-hop… being number 1 with three different albums three weeks on the trot.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com/ DJ Daddy Mack

    SMMFH. I REALLY THINK KANYE’S ALBUM IS GOING TO FLIP. CURTIS WILL GET THE W. JAY WILL GET THE W. AND THIS COMES FROM A KANYE FAN WHO HATES CURTIS AND JAY.

  • Rae Tha Great

    No Homo but fuck it I wanna see a threesome. PEACE

  • DMV hustler

    graduation was terrible,

    People that hate 50 will automatically side with some one like kanye, kanye is cool though, but his last joint was terrible

    as for jay, he might deliver something nice, who knows

    fif need to drop a bomb with this one, out of all those three he’s closer to the streets

    • http://myspace.com/damion337 damion

      thats some nonsense you talking there DMV, GRADUATION was the sheeeet.

      But on the real it’s been done already why have more ppl going “head to head” (no homo).

      Fif did that shyt for record sales. Do you know what his sales would have been like if he didn’t create that hype??????

      Remember he didn’t have a monster hit at the time. I get $$ was ight, but it was NO In The Club.

  • Macdatruest

    I wanna sell ten million albums. That way I can make boo boo shit records and people will find a way to relate it positively to my music. I can make a lazy shit anthem like” she do it she do it her back into it” and people will say, oh he’s so rich he doesnt care thats why he’s doing shit records on purpose-he’s the greatest. Or I can hate on other people’s success, and then it can be called “baiting” instead of “hating” people will say, oh they had to be mad at him when he sold all those records that time, so he’s just retaliating-he’s smart. Even when MY ACTUAL RAP CAREER IS BLATANTLY OVER AND I’VE FALLEN OFF COMMERCIALLY AND ON A STREET LEVEL, people will still say, “he’s so rich, he’ll never fall off musically, cause he’s rich so we like him and he’s smart.” I can’t wait to sell ten million albums. Especially since if you do it once you can ride it into the ground. When you sell ten million albums, you can be a shitty ass rich dooshbag full of regrets I cant wait!!!

  • dez

    kanye vs Em and 50 vs jay

  • Flow

    naw man, i wanna see everybody releasing the same date!!!! It’s gonna be clash of civilizations

  • ~S-DOT~

    DMV,
    WHAT WAS SO HORRIBLE ABOUT GRADUATION????

  • ~S-DOT~

    DMV,
    WHAT WAS SO HORRIBLE ABOUT GRADUATION?????

  • grant ny

    if kanye sticks to rapping and stops the bllshit he sells more no arguing that, 50 aint selling more even if dre produces the whole album and em raps on half of them, and i just dont think hip hop needs another half ass attempted jay-z album hes ruining his legazy right now with the bullshit, jus make money “jigga”.

  • Cake A!

    Come on now, you guy’s cant be serious about this. Kanye’s nice, 50′s luke warm, but were talking bout HOV and THE BLUEPRINT3. All past Blueprint albums are 10x’s harder than any albums these kids have put out. You gents get ya mind right and respect/recognize the top G of all this music s**t! 1hunnid GASSS TEAM Bay Area!!!!!

  • ~S-DOT~

    BLUEPRINT 2 WAS COOL..BUT NOT DAT GREAT FAM! DONT GET ME WRONG JAY CAME WIT SUM BANGERS BUT IT WAS JUS AN OKAY ALBUM NOW…LETS NOT GET CARRIED AWAY HERE

  • Tre83

    To S-Dot. NOw Eminem is another story. But Look at the list of people signed to Aftermath that never see the light of day.

    Joe beast
    Brooklyn
    Joell Ortiz
    Rakim
    Raekwon
    Eve

    Now I’m speaking on the people who Dre has said, I don’t fuck with that person. Now Em is in a position where he can hold his own without Dre. But Em is and more than ikely always will be Aftermath’s flagship artist!

  • sam

    I like Jay-Z but he just doesn’t do it for me. It’s like when does this CD end? It feels like they go on forever because it’s the same thing. The new track isn’t bad.

    50 Cent on the other hand, with Curtis, he dropped probably the worst tracks to start off with. The Ayo Technology song was the only one that people actually liked. Well, that got airtime. And not for that long. If T.O.S didn’t do good, I’m not expecting anything from ‘Before I Self Destruct’

    Kanye, if he keeps up the auto-tune people aren’t gonna wanna listen to him because everyone uses that now. But out of 50 and Kanye, I think Kanye will do better. Just in general.

  • ~S-DOT~

    AIIGHT I FEEL U TRE 83..BUT SUM OF DA PPL HE SIGNED I QUESTIONED OFF RIP ANYWAY……IM NOT DOWNIN HER, BUT EVE THOUGH????? COME ON DRE

  • Tre83

    Well she started off on Aftermath back in the day. The Ruff Ryders really just sent her there somehow. Same way they were trying to sell The lox’s contract to G unit. But overall, I’d like to see 50 do something different. Thats all I ask. Stop giving me the same cliches and subject of ” IF you fuck with my change I’ll kill you” Lol. Kanye said he’s running with the autotune through most of the album which means I more than likely wont buy his albu either. I’ll burn it from somebody else. Same for 50. Bullshit should be free