Before I Self Destruct fails to blow up

“I was gonna kill a couple rappers, but they did it to themselves. I was gonna do it with the flow, but they did it with their sales.” –Jay-Z, who must have seen this coming

To think, Curtis was considered a flop, and it sold 600 some-odd thousand copies its first week out.

Yeah, part of it was that it still sold way less than the million or so copies Kanye West’s Graduation sold, thus handily defeating Fiddy in their first week sales battle, not to mention the million-plus copies Fiddy’s own The Massacre sold two years before.

Then there was the fact that sales of Curtis fell way the fuck off after that first week. It was really those next several weeks that cemented Curtis’ status as one of hip-hop’s all-time great commercial failures, even though it did eventually go platinum. (Some African kids must have saved up their Sally Struthers money.)

This new Fiddy album looks like it’s about to redefine what it means for a 50 Cent album to be unsuccessful. Never mind Curtis taking months and months on end to go platinum, Before I Self Destruct might never go platinum. Hits Daily Double predicts that it will somewhere in the neighborhood of 160,000 copies its first week out, i.e. something like a quarter of what Curtis sold. Yikes!

And who knows, it might not even do that well. Remember when that Slaughterhouse album was set to sell like 28,000 copies its first week out, and people were like, damn, that’s only 7,000 per failed MC? Then come to find out it really only sold like 18,000 copies. Budden also put out one of his albums on Amalgm Digital that week, and the Internet Soldiers may have opted for it instead.

With this new Fiddy album, I’m thinking word might get out that it’s a huge, embarrassing failure, and people might decide to cop some weed instead. Slaughterhouse could only ever get but so much press, even though there’s four of them. Meanwhile, you can hardly click on a rap blog today without witnessing Fiddy cop a plea with regard to BISD’s projected first week sales. That can’t be good for his “brand.”

Here’s Fiddy in an interview with MTV or somebody, which I found excerpted without attribution on Vlad TV:

“With the actual outcome of the project, once the record leaks from the international plant, what more can I do,” 50 explained in an interview. “I can’t, I held the record long enough to get it to them, to mix and master it and for them to ship it and then it leaks from the plant internationally, I’m like come on, then that’s it. They lost the ball. You know what I mean, if the numbers look funny to me, it’s they fault.”

Before I Self Destruct was available on the Internets a good two weeks or so before it hit stores. The TIs did what they could to silence any mention of the fact that the album sprung a leak, but that only served to piss off the few fans Fiddy has left. You couldn’t preview one song from the album on World Star, but downloading the entire thing was a mere matter of consulting the Google.

I should know. I ran a review of the album on the 4th, and that’s about as much effort as I was willing to put forth. (I don’t think I’ve ever received a review copy of an album from a major label. True story.) Lord knows it was hard enough just listening to the damn thing. As I mentioned in my review, I should receive a medal just for having the wherewithal to see that task to completion. Maybe my mom can make me one.

Fiddy probably should have done what Jay-Z did with the Blueprint 3 and pushed the release date up. If they couldn’t have gotten it in stores by that Friday, they definitely could have gotten it into stores before this Tuesday. They may have sacrificed the opportunity to score a big first week sales number, but as it turns out, they weren’t about to anyway. And they probably would have sold more copies overall, if they’d struck while the iron was hot. Crap.

The TIs must have realized this was gonna happen, right? Pushing the album release date up should be standard protocol at this point. They should list a phony release date, then drop the album a week before that, just to throw people off. That’s probably what Jay-Z did. That crafty son of a bitch.

  • richryne

    poor 50 fans

    • http://www.yungbeats.com yungplatinum

      the media dick ride jay-z thats how he get some many sales look at all that promo for the blueprint 3 and look at bisd promo

      50 really not even getting spined that baby by me video just came out like 3 weeks ago!

      jay-z had to do a pub stunt by doing “d.o.a.”
      so the auto tune haters would jump on his camel back! bp3 was a overated album bisd might not sale more the 1st week but it just might be a better album then bp3!

      • mrproh

        g-unit is dead already..no hoping for better than this and that..you sound like a hardcore fan but come on..that 50 cent bullshit is lame already..dont no body from the streets,the ghetto,bump that shit no more…yayo is wack,banks will never see sales like a few years back..that g-unit hype is dead..50 can laugh at other rappers and make online videos doing that curly shit all he wants..the point is he done flopped over and over…its done!!..its funny when he gets interviewed and he tries to put on the whole business genious act….lol..

      • cmoney85

        50 promoted the hell out of this cd. Ur comment is so irrelevant. First look at the product, blueprint 3 is good, i like it more than most but at least most haters can agree its good, ” before I self destruct” is whack , weak and just bad. 50 really cannot make music anymore, its pretty sad how he just lost it but doesnt know it

  • General

    I just want 50 and his Yayo’s (50 stans) to quit making excuses…

    Yeah the CD leaked, but who the fuck doesn’t have their CD leak anymore. If I remember correctly 50 has made it a habit of offering up the free downloads of people CD’s that he doesn’t like on his own website…

    As I said on Wednesday, karma is a bitch…

    • BD

      I dont give a shit what the album sold. I bought it and i think its hard as hell. Better then any other wack shit that has come in last few years. And im sure Fif doesnt care that much either. Hes got the money, and theres no stopping you haters anyways. He could do 850,000 and you rats would be like well he didnt do a milli…

      • venemez

        Two Words

        Fuck Fifty

        • http://www.xxlmag.com jayice

          I don’t see how anybody on here can say fuck 50 especialy if the person talking don’t got a quarter of the money he got. Bottom line 50 don’t make albums becuase he has to. He does it becuase he loves hip hop so fuck the album sales he already has over give or take 300 to 400 mil anyway

        • mrproh

          why does every 50 fan brings up money like it yours..i mean the fag flopped..he tried to humiliate kanye west but at the end 50 was the one looking retarded..and he promised if he lost he would quit rapping..he didnt..i wish he did lol..the massacre was WACCCCCKKKKKKK!!!..and BISD is mediocre..nothing special..nothing at all..if i was a rapper on that g-unit label i would be saving my money..if the main figure in g-unit flops that much than put a bullet in it..its done

      • D whit

        Fuck do agree or what theres all kinds of different styles in rap/ hip hop right? and 50 masters the hardcore rap gangsta shit, besides his beyond rich and he did this album for his true fans like muah not no pussy gay girlie beat like half of jay z’s album is, and who the fuck does 50 have for artists besides himself on his album EMINEM one and only, jay z on the other hand has someone on every track besides what two, and we all know EMINEM aint gonna get in on this one yall, never know though be the beef of rap for ages

        • cmoney85

          Features…. hahah jay z only had people on his album who is under his label or was signed by him other than that they sung a hook.if fifty would stop getting his ha rule on and hire people to sing hooks than they would be called features buddy. On top of that who really want to work wit fifty… Beans….. yeah lets see how far that goes. 50 is a lost cause champ!

    • ibzdn

      Numbers jus show how many people went out and bought it not who all downloaded it cuz everybody did dat i did even ol boy who wrote this article. Numbers aside the album is fire if u don’t think so listen 2 it again. Ya know at first listen u got them songs that standout 2 u yeah dem yo favs but if u actually listen 2 the other tracks you’ll realize it’s a hot album. Tha gangsta rap is back man u need somethin to ride around and bump. I ride around bangin it with my windows rolled down in tha winter jus 2 scare tha white people. Best album this year better than Em’s and Jays. Wayne still gotta drop his next month tho.

  • http://xxlmag.com Neil

    daaaaammmmnnnnn homey!!!! sounds like Bol is feeling sorry for his bitch Curtis …..lolololol now if Curtis would have just made nice with Jigga maybe Jigga could have gave him some pointers on how to release a successful album even if it gets leaked.. 50 failed ..its ova son hang up the mic …NO ONE IS SCARED OF 50!

  • JAY STONE

    Damn bol going at 50 again.
    *click the save button*

  • Ben

    If the Internet can’t make a rapper blow up (see Slaughterhouse, individually and collectively), then an Internet leak surely can’t make one flop either.

    How many people other than Internet rap nerds are going to 1) track which albums leak and when, and 2) go through the trouble of finding and downloading something from rapidshare or megaupload or whatever? I know it doesn’t seem like a lot of effort for you or me, but most people don’t know fuck all about that stuff, and don’t have any interest in going through the effort.

    As entertaining as most of 50′s interviews are (and I’d argue that he’s falling off there too), no one fucking cares about hearing any new music from him, since he’s mostly just poorly rehashing the same styles he’s been using since GRODT.

  • JAY STONE

    By the the album is altually not that bad and i’m a game stan

  • Worley

    I’m gonna cut and paste this post in MS word before it disappears.

    BISD has a few joints, but overall it is a brick. It’s the lyrics in some places and the beats in others. Something about it just doesn’t feel right.

    • Mr. North

      Right on. Nothing excellent on it but not totally garbage.

      • yoprince

        the album is just boring.

        curtis is better for I get Money alone.

        c/s bol.

        i couldn’t even make it all the way thru.

  • cramzy

    yeah, fif need to chill w/ the excuses. That just makes it worst considering every rap release known to man leaks before it’s supposed to.It’s kind of poetic justice. He’s the one that put niggas sells on blast. Nobody’s gone be able to do the number’s he was doing in 03-06. Now if only he would realize that, he’d be okay.

  • MaxDowski

    Nothing could have saved this album’s failure. A good single might have helped it sell another 100K.

    You forgot to mention that it’s been on iTunes for a minute and those sales are included in the projected 160K, so it’s an even bigger failure than it seems.

  • John Cochran

    They gone pull this post just like the one about Wale from the other day. You do realize you work for interscope magazine dont you?

  • Teddy

    i hope 50 dies of a heart attack when he sees those sale numbers

  • sealsaa

    I seem to recall 50 mocking Rick Ross for doing Jadakiss numbers with twice the marketing. Now it looks like he’s in the same situation with respect to Ross, only 50′s had 4 times the marketing Ross had. As I was telling $yk yesterday, he’ll do his little BS posturing, and act as if he doesn’t give a shit(the same way he keeps trying to bait Jay-Z, yet claims not to care if he responds) by playing up his other business ventures. Looks like he needs to develop a new marketing strategy(i.e. one that doesn’t involve him starting random shit).

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      C/S

      And wipe the astonishing look off your face!

      • sealsaa

        @ $yk

        I stand astonished! :O

  • MaxDowki

    He’s going to do Lupe numbers!

  • latino heat

    damn Bol is hell bent on pissing off the Interscope TI’s this week isn’t he?

    we all knew this 50 album was gonna flop so did Interscope. that’s why it was pushed back a whole year. how many songs and videos did he leak to the ‘net / radio in the last year and none of them caught on? they all had to see this coming. as others said above me, it’s not a bad album just kind of, eh. if someone was playing it their car (which nobody is) i wouldn’t complain but i wouldn’t request that they play it either.

  • Awol

    http://www.youtube.com/user/phantompowermusic#p/a/u/0/kUtSH_-__cM

    AUDIO ANARCHY.
    NEW GROUP OUTA JERZ. PEEP IT

  • http://dasteamwerkmusik.blogspot.com bollocks

    Just for the record, Jay-Z also pushed up the release date of BP1, but it didn’t matter much because the album was nails and people actually paid for shit back then.

  • RiZob

    is 50 really bitchin about his album leaking? LOL Tha Carter 3 leaked like a month before the actual date and it still did numbers…50 just has to face the fact that he isnt hot right now, just gracefully bow out homie…u had a good run..

  • young ito

    the fact that the album leaked a couple of weeks before cant be used as an excuse…eminems latest album leaked a couple of weeks before the release dat and he sold over 600,000 which is pretty good in this climate of shitty cd sales. And also 18 months ago tha carter 3 leaked about two weeks before the album dropped and weezy still managed to sell over a million! 50 just has to look at waynes sales after his album leaked to realise he cant use that as an excuse for his brand falling off

    • General

      “And also 18 months ago tha carter 3 leaked about two weeks before the album dropped and weezy still managed to sell over a million!”

      Exactly. Everyone should have seen this comin when TOS flopped last year…

      50 and the Unit had their run, but people tire of all the nonsense. I said when the Ross thing was going on that 50 needs to stop with the bullshit and just make quality music. It seems that he did step up somewhat with quality music on this new CD, but he hasn’t stopped with the bullshit which has driven alot of potential customers away…

  • oskamadison

    And people are hatin’ on Hov for not respondin’ to 50? He doesn’t have to. BP3′s second and third week sales topped 50′s projected first week sales (even with those internet sales from THE WEEK BEFORE.) And this is the same dude that once said something to the effect of he didn’t understand why Common’s Be got that XXL rating when it dropped because it didn’t go platinum. How ironic…

  • macdatruest

    I actually bought the album. It came with:

    -Lloyd Banks (on standby to rap his verses live when I approached that point on the album. I never got that far, so Lloyd Banks is just living under my bed.)

    -A blank life insurance policy for Spider Loc (Fiddy is a genius, he ethered rebates using human lives!)

    Tony Yayo’s dentures from BEFORE he spoke on Ghostface’s lyrical prowess (the ones from afterwards are worthless)

    -Olivia’s fleshlight

    -Hot Rod’s soul (it was in a shoe box with air holes poked in it, really)

    -Prodigy’s manhood( the last bit that was recovered from Summer Jam. Goes for 30.00 usd on e-bay or a free oil change at D-Block car wash)

    -Fiddy Cent’s Police Academy photo (shown by Game when he was rummaging through shit on SS, SL. Apparently a gag order has been issued about this subject?)

    -Seventy Movies starring Fiddy Cent (Apparently the “International Plant” made Fiddy Cent do a video for every song he ever made AND combined them into “movies” named after his albums. Including Before I Self Destruct, and BISD)

    -A fun size serving of fucked up Karma (Came with a note that said he and G-Unit have had a shitload of it for a long time and they want to give a little back to the fans!!)

    • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

      ^^^^^^^^^^

      fresh…. and funny….

    • Michelle S.

      ( dies )

    • Capital G

      “Olivia’s fleshlight”

      Just the fact that you know what a flesh light is gets you hilarity points. Good fuckin shit Mac, I’ma laugh at that shit for a while.

      ps. don’t forget to feed Banks, just not after midnight.

  • GIFT

    bOL, U ARE A FUCKIN FOOL LMAO!!!!!!!!I CRACK UP EVERYTIME I READ YOUR BLOG. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK HOMIE. I FEEL LIKE MUSICALLY 50 AINT HUNGRY NO MORE. EVERY 50 ALBUM AFTER “GET RICH” WAS FUCKIN TRASH!!!!!DUDE NEED TO FOCUS ON PUTTIN OUT GOOD MUSIC, OR LAND A SITCOM CUZ HE’S A CLOWN ASS NIGGA!!!!!

  • http://www.shabooty.com shabooty

    its funny
    albums leak
    and bol posts dry up (disappear) LOL

    $

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    So who will take his place? Fif’s about to turn into Curtis Jackson and do flicks for a minute. probably throw out thisis50 mixtapes here & there. BTW:

    War Angel>>BISD

    And cats can’t say he’s selling out because he chose to use his government, when he’s been using it.

    So who’s gonna step up? Hip hop needs an aggressor to keep it from getting Cottonelle fluffy soft.

    Think about it until Wednesday when the facts are released.

    • macdatruest

      Shit the best music came from when people just made music. There was no aggressor when Mobb Deep dropped the Infamous, Cuban Links came out, Fat Joe and Pun, CNN that era when the east was crackin in all bouroughs and rappers would collab wit anybody else without it having to be strictly labelmates. Outkast was out, Scarface was droppin hot shit. Rap was just good, musically.

      So how did an aggressor make things better??? Did Fiddy lyrically force anybody step their game up? Fiddy’s form of aggression attempts to lure artists away from making quality music, therefore making the fans lose out. Rap being associated with “beef” makes hip hop lose venues, because they fear violence can erupt. Overall, the “aggression” only works for the aggressor and his followers, or willing spectators.

      In reality, “aggression” has turned hip hop from a possible billion dollar black owned international instition (way of life and culture) to a billion dollar jewish owned/black operated international institution. Aggression you say? I say we need talent,good music and entrepreneurial spirit from rappers in the future. More Jay-Z’s less Fiddys.

      • $ykotic/Don McCaine

        But there were aggressors then also. Onyx, Naughty, NWA. It’s called balance. The music has always had it. You had Melly Mel, you had Kool Moe Dee. Kool G Rap was considered an aggressor. I have been to plenty of jams in the street with violence and gunfire. It has always been there.

        Now think about that “possible” institution, Dick Morris(Universal) is stepping down this year. He has been around for the majority of rap’s money years. 50, Em, Dre, Wayne, Kanye, Puff ALL WORK FOR HIM. Def Jam, Interscope, Cash Money to name a few. Think of all of those artists that fall under that company’s control. Jeezy, Fab, Ludacris, Ross, etc. Drake will be the new guy’s responsibility.

        It ain’t been aggression that turned hip hop, IT WAS MONEY. Russell Rush could have been THAT man and HE cashed out. You should have seen the signs then.

        What I have always been saying is peep THE GAME. What if Dick Morris’ replacement doesn’t even like rap like that?

        50 is one of the few set up to function beyond ever picking up a mic again. Jay gotta tour, f***ing up the vocal chords(Live Nation deal around 5 yrs). NaS needs $. Mos Def maybe can just act. But it’s looking like a rap recession, where whoever works will do so for peanuts(low sales,360 taking show $ deals), or you already have other ventures where you “just put out an album because…”. And a lot of dudes are on the last legs of their deals.

        Everybody can’t go to Warner or E1/Koch.

        • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

          good shit you two!

          but i’m gonna agree wit $yk if COMPETITION is interchangeable with “aggression”.

          cause i’m a hustler, not a thug, cause tuff don’t pay enuff…

        • $ykotic/Don McCaine

          “if COMPETITION is interchangeable with “aggression”.”

          Of course you can switch that Cult.

          I was always taught to look both ways before crossing, and don’t rely on the sign saying stop. Because you do it don’t mean everybody else will…

          PEACE

        • Marve

          The problem with hip hop is the analytical fans who think they know what these artists’ financial situation is! The fans always talking about what artist has this kind on money and what artists is in need of money and whay artists needs to tour ect. But all they are doing is speculating off of what they read in the tabloids!!! But they think the know so much and don’t know sh*t! Those who talk know nothing and those who stay quiet know everything!!! The 50 Cent stans have his same mentality…they spread gossip and talk about other artists’ personal business as if they know what’s real! If 50 Cent spent more time focusing on his life and his music he would have known he was gone to FLOP!!!!

        • macdatruest

          Now I gotta agree with Marv!

          But lets look at you’re “aggressors” impact on the game since you claim it has been so important:

          Onyx: Come on now. I don’t even know who the third nigga is. Or fourth. How nmany niggas is it??? I personally feel (ahem) Onyx added no “balance” to the game at the HEIGHT of their career. So I guess they were there to balance out A Tribe Called Quest right?? Yea man. Onyx was a novelty act.

          Naughty By Nature: Hip Hop Hooray and O.P.P. were hardly aggressive, and thats how people know them generally. KG did beats for a variety of artist, and Treach was on a bunch of people shit from the east and the west coast. Treach always been low key. Naughty? “Aggressors?” FAIL. Oh yea I guess Vin Rock was punchin niggas out wit his short ass arms…

          NWA: Now this is funny, NWA started out as a group that made party music called NWA Posse. They weren’t “aggressive” until Eazy-E signed them over to Ruthless minus Cube. But most of their aggression was turned inward they beefed wit eachother, not other rappers. OH WAIT!! Fiddy did Beef wit G-Unit!! Damn homie you got me.

          Overall, rap has always had a variety of styles and topics forever. Niggas be like “all rap is Skinny Jeans” thats cop out hater shit. To say their has to be one big “aggressor” or nigga hatin on other niggas is an East Coast mentality. Answer this: Can the “aggressor” be from the South? haha

        • Chilly Willy

          Damn ! Good points all around. I think Cult said it best, though. It has to be competition.

          I see you $yk, we need another 50. But maybe less on the aggression tip (not that it would be necessary bad, we talkin hip hop), but more money-wise, influence-wise. While his white boss puts on his reading glasses and stays low key, Fif has always been vocal. And with his stature (notice how I didn’t say skill or talent), you felt his presence in the game. 50 is the closest for a street nigga in the game to go toe to toe with Rush, Diddy and Jay as far as recognition in the business world. So his cosign, at least before BISD, was powerful. And we need that too. Now, has his antics kept Rawse on his edge during their battle? It’s a possibility, but we’ll never know for sure. Ja Rule already ejected his seat before Fif claimed to have shot his plane. He’s entertaining, he made me laugh about those antics. But this is where I side with mac, do we really need an aggressor, if music is what we aim for ? We need a bully for the WWE aspect of things. But musically, I do me, you do me, that’s how it happens. Shiiiiiit, if Clapton took George Benson’s baby mama for a shopping spree, would his hands get any less faster ? If anything…

        • $ykotic/Don McCaine

          @ Marve

          Just because you may not know about the industry insides doesn’t mean everybody else doesn’t. And everybody is not a 50 Cent stan.

          @ mac

          Onyx was the anti Tribe Called Quest. More aggressive. “Throw Ya Guns” ain’t aggressive? “Shut ‘Em Down”? “Slam” is more aggressive than ATCQ’s whole catalog, regardless if you didn’t know Sonny Cheeba’s name.

          Treach was out there with a machete and a chain & lock around his neck. The anti CL Smooth. And your 2 examples were weak. Try “Uptown Anthem” or “Ghetto Bastard” for a better argument. People know those songs. So now one of Pac’s well known homies in the game was a coat-tailer. OK.

          NWA was the anti Public Enemy, and PE was aggressive. You cannot tell me NWA were not aggressive. Their whole catalog is aggressive music regardless of what they started out doing 1st(World Class Wrecking Crew would have been a better example though). They still got paid saying “F*** The Police” & were “EFIL4ZAGG*N”. They had an “Appetite For Destruction”. Aggressive ain’t it?

          What you fail to realize is that I’m not comparing 50′s ANTICS OR BEEF. I’m talking about the stance. The balance of two worlds to keep the competition going. Aggressive content vs. passive content(dance, conscience, rap & blues). Even in “Purple Rain” Prince & The Revolution were the passive ones, Morris Day & The Time were the aggressors(competition).

          All of these competitor’s I named came out and sold big #’s with strong, aggressive content.

          And BTW I’m not gonna entertain your regional comment.

          @ Chilly Will

          We can only hope “another 50″ will be passive, but they may be far worse. But do believe there will be an anti-Drake, as well as a psuedo-Drake. The companies do this all the time. Create the competition:

          The Jacksons-The Osmonds, The Sylvers
          The Isley Bros-The Brothers Johnson
          The O’Jays-Main Ingredient
          Queen Latifah-Boss
          Heavy D-Chubb Rock
          New Kids On The Block-N’Sync
          The Beatles-The Rolling Stones

          Labels battle more than rappers. Even look @ the presidential election last year for competition creation. Palin was bought in to compete with Clinton for the female votes. The 1st Black RNC dude was to compete w/Obama for the black vote. Biden & McCain battled over who had more Senate pull.

          This is what I am saying.

        • http://www.bboycult.com www.bboycult.com

          ill $yk! thats a sick perspective. and its what i meant when i said competition, cause it drives the marketplace. it also drives creativity. u got to one up the competition and that takes imagination and execution. thats any field or any business.

          thats part of the problem with all forms of this hip hop shit. everybody holdin hands. thats why niggas wearin tight jeans nowadays! no one wants to advance the form. they good with fittin in. to be better or to strive to find a completely new way to do something requires one to pit one’s perspective AGAINST what has already come before. and mac and CW, please realize that competition doesn’t always have to be malicious.

          @mac,
          the aggressor did come from the south. they’re called the Ghetto Boys. and kill the regional shit. it causes aggressive responses.

          @ Chill Wills
          “if Clapton took George Benson’s baby mama for a shopping spree,” that bitch woulda got hooked on heroin!

          ay $yk, ur perspective on this, especially the historical perspective, would make a great post on my site. get at me!

        • macdatruest

          @Syk

          Onyx was the anti Tribe Called Quest. More aggressive. “Throw Ya Guns” ain’t aggressive? “Shut ‘Em Down”? “Slam” is more aggressive than ATCQ’s whole catalog, regardless if you didn’t know Sonny Cheeba’s name.
          ^^^
          riiiight. And how was Onyx “aggression” instrumental to hip hop??? musta been an east coast thing. I personally feel (ahem) Onyx added no “balance” to THE GAME at the HEIGHT of their career, fuck how they balanced out Tribe. I never said they werent aggressive but so what?? Aint Fredro Starr still Hip Hop’s aggressor then? He still mad all the time. Man Onyx aint balance shit. Stop tryna play them up to prove a point.

          Treach was out there with a machete and a chain & lock around his neck. The anti CL Smooth. And your 2 examples were weak. Try “Uptown Anthem” or “Ghetto Bastard” for a better argument. People know those songs. So now one of Pac’s well known homies in the game was a coat-tailer. OK.
          ^^^^^
          Yea OK. Who the fuck called Treach a “coat-tailer” oh yea either you aggressive or you “coat-tailin huh?? weak. “Uptown Anthem” and “Ghetto Bastard” still dont define “aggression” in the form of a rapper antagonizing other rappers, which is the aggression Fiddy displayed. So really your two examples is bullshit. And guess who else had a machete and a chain and all that shit in the 90′s? TLC. weak ass portrait of aggression…Oh yea ask anybody on earth what song they know naughty by nature for and send me a dollar for everytime they say “Hip Hop Hooray” or “O.P.P.” if my examples were weak. People dont identify an artist by their most popular songs? Thought so nigga. Step ya game up…

          What you fail to realize is that I’m not comparing 50’s ANTICS OR BEEF. I’m talking about the stance. The balance of two worlds to keep the competition going. Aggressive content vs. passive content(dance, conscience, rap & blues). Even in “Purple Rain” Prince & The Revolution were the passive ones, Morris Day & The Time were the aggressors(competition).
          ^^^^^^^^
          Yea it sounds good. Balance and ying and yang and purple rain, but how about a well rounded artist?? instead of a stable of “tough guys,” and a stable of “passive” rappers and calling that equilibrium, what about balanced artist? I can name a shitload of artist who cannot be categorized as neither because they are well rounded. Try me. Most of the time if you set out to be some pre-selected archetype you wont be around long anyway. Lil Bad Ass Lil Boosie Boo can only be so bad and so little for so long before that shit get old. Even if you a richer, more buff Lil Boosie (Fiddy)

        • macdatruest

          @mac,
          the aggressor did come from the south. they’re called the Ghetto Boys. and kill the regional shit. it causes aggressive responses.
          ^^^^
          nah fuck that. Answer the question, cause niggas from the East be playin cover up. Like they hate on the lil nigga Soulja Boy, but they dont be ridin on that other lil nigga from the East Lil Mama who always dancin’. And that nigga like 30!!! Chicken Noodle Soup aint shit nigga!!!!

        • Brooklyn

          as an east coast nigga born and bred, i can assure you that lil mama and that chicken noodle soup nigga gets no love out here from anyone other than the 7-14 yr olds that their music targets. real east coast niggas ain’t fucking with them, you see the numbers that they did, combined their albums sold about 10,000 units, if that much. the highlight of lil mama’s career was bumrushing the stage at the vma’s and that other nigga is riding jim jones’ coattails. and sure, the aggressor can come from the south, if he comes into the game spitting fire and not making some nursery rhyme, finger snapping, two stepping bullshit.

  • dat koon nigga

    poor lil curtis

    i am sure this nigga feels like shit right at this point

    but will always have it his head fuck everyone thats hating on him

    i myself as a fan will always fuck with 50

    but if i was you 50 i would fall back and really bow out of music atleast rapping maybe not business or touring wise and stick with it

    good luck Mr jackson

  • dat koon nigga

    poor lil curtis

    i am sure this nigga feels like shit right at this point in his career

    but his will always have it his head fuck everyone thats hating on me

    i myself will always fuck with 50 as a fan

    but if i was you 50 i would fall back and really bow out of music at least making albums maybe not whats ever left of the music business and keep touring the world and stick with it

    good luck Mr jackson

  • Sorry Fif

    YOU CANT BULLY YOUR WAY THROUGH FOREVER. SINCE “HOW TO ROB” THE MAN HAS MAD HIS MONEY BEING THE BAD GUY. THE VILLAIN ONLY WINS BUT SO MUCH. IF HE’S A TRUE ARTISTS HE’LL SEE THIS AS THE SIGNAL TO CHANGE UP HIS STYLE AND SOUND, STOP WORRYING ABOUT OTHER ARTISTS, AND WORK ON HIS CRAFT. IF NOT, HE’LL SLOWLY FADE AWAY. I HOPE NOT, BECAUSE AT ONE PIONT I WAS A FAN, BUT HEY, IT CANT BE 2003 FOREVER.

  • LBDII

    Fif is really going to have to think how he is going to do this shit. I think any artist (almost) can have a comeback,50 needs to disappear for a bit and plan something.

  • thefeeloffailure

    this is awesome, I been waitin for this day to come for a long time. No this aint Ja.

  • AD

    Has Jay-Z’s BP3 went platinum yet? I’m too lazy to do the research. Sorry. Anyhow, I do have a copy of it myself and I’m a big Jay fan, got every disc he has put out so far. I swear it is GARBAGE. IDK. It was a let down for me. Maybe it is a good album to some. I also like Fifty, I also feel his mixtapes are better than what he puts out to the masses. I have heard BISD was pretty decent though. Who knows now days?…..

  • south19

    deeper than rap first week sales 158k> 50 first week sales 100k (if he buys 50k himself)

  • fg

    at last we have seen the end of fity .and a terrible chapter in hip hop has come to an end.six years of humiliation and the molestation of hip hop has ended.

    • macdatruest

      six years of humiliation and the molestation of hip hop has ended
      ^^^
      thats what the fuck I’m sayin!!

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    Fiddy did everyttin i could have done with this album & exceeds my expectations.

    Album:Decent overall rating

    Marketing:Album(2 DVD’s),that’s rare.

    Video Vixens: Kelly,Vicia A Fox & Budden’s X

    Mixtape: He put out 3 dope mixtapes b4 the album drops.

    Beef:Rawse,Jay,Buddens don’t want it with Fiddy

    (It’s just plain simple people ain’t scared of Fiddy.)RIP Fiddy

    PS:I’m positive Mayweather & Rawse babymama bought 50 copies each.

  • jonny bizness

    I knew this day was coming.Fans ain’t buying the thug shit no more.hiphop goes round in cycles and this era right now reminds me of the puffy era when all it was watered down straight pop music geared towards the radio stations.it wasn’t until dmx dropped his debut in 98 that the tide changed and i think the same will happen again when shyne releases his album.As for 50 cent he deserves everything that comes his way if he would have been more humble fans and bloggers would’t have prayed on his downfall the guy burned 2 many bridges.just 1 more question i’ve been reading this site for the past yr and this is the biggest story so far where the hell r the commision they have commentated on near enough every story but nowhere 2 b seen with this 1 .It makes me suspicious go easy guys lol

    • Chaka

      “this era right now reminds me of the puffy era when all it was watered down straight pop music geared towards the radio stations”

      The Puffy era I guess also includes those Biggie’s fruity songs(‘mo money more problem’,'hypnotize’,e.t.c).Even some cats from the East like Jeru the Damaja and ODB were not feeling all those Bad boy nonsense but all of a sudden with Homie(Biggie) demise the East made a U-turn and started proclaiming him as one of the best that graced the mic.I guess its the same treatment 50 cent is receiving from his peeps but on a different page.

  • BIGNAT

    i like the 50 album i got the joint with the dvd. people say he needs to stop beefing and all that. i respect that he still does that for him it’s not a gimmick that is how he always went about his business. for him to do it any other way would not make me like him. if this album is a failure so be it he went out making the music i wanted to hear. that is why i stopped fucking with jay after the black album. his music has not been as good since then and it seems he is around for no reason. for real how many songs do people listen to after your first listen to bp3. i listen to three thank you, a star is born and so ambitious. the rest of the album is meh to me but heh that is what i think. i bet if fif leaves the game after this album. every rapper and there weed carriers going try to jump on his name. it will be funny because my first question will be where were you while he was in the game.

  • ThingAlec

    Too bad it only is gonna sell barely 160,000. Shit still bumps.

  • Tezzy

    So if he sells 150,000 he should just quit rapping?????? how the fuck does that make any sense. It had some good shit on it. Like some of the people said you need balance some days I wanna pop in bp3 other days I wanna pop in bisd. I think ya’ll making him seem bigger than he has to be. Your favorite rappers are selling those numbers first week. So what your saying is if he sells those numbers it would just make him a regular rapper lol. Me personaly I could care less how much an album sold. Plus 50 uses beef to generate intrest in the cd the cd will have only one diss song on it.

    But I knew this wasnt gonna sell much cause shit the cd had all hard shit on it baby by me was the worst song he can come up with and do you think about me is one of my favorites but couldnt see myself dancing in a club with a chick to it. GRODT had hard shit on it but it had all types of club shit on it too so was his other albums. I think 50 can do the hardcore shit all day for niggas like me and other people but shit the bitches gonna buy it. I think hold me down would of been a great single if he would of made the shit about a chick instead of a gun. I think he paid attention to the internet to much about him singing and shit and niggas saying how good war angel and shit was and just went the hardcore route. But aint no BITCHES gonna buy no straight hardcore album

  • Enlightened

    One factor that nobody is really mentioning is the Dr. Dre influence or the absence of it.

    One of the main reasons GRODT was so hot was Dre’s influence on the beats, and appearing in the video for In The Club etc.

    I’d bet a first single featuring a Dre verse, with those niggas ridin’ in a car together on some Dre/Snoop shit would have doubled his first week sales.

    He looks like he’s out there all alone now, when before, the team was strong. Even Eminem’s support just looks like token support just to say he did it.

  • xavier

    “deeper than rap” is by miles a much better album than BISD…guess Ross is to 50 what 50 was to Ja Rule.

    the sweetest irony is that Slaughterhouse is almost sure to be Shady’s next big thing…guess Joe Budden’s getting the last laugh on 50 too. not like i care…ross and everyone in SH are infinitely better rappers than 50.

    maybe 50 should beef Drake & J.Cole instead…mine earn him some souljah boy fans…..

  • B.Wong

    fuck the sales, it’s the impact!

  • Lil Econem

    @ Enlightened Dr. Dre has been doing the beats on the Album, Ok Your Right was produced by Dr.Dre, he’d be an idiot not to let Dre produce. Thats not to mention he had many people work on it like Timbaland. That and has anyone heard DJ Whoo Kid beats? I don’t think so, maybe 1, but G-Unit radio is made up of ripped beats.

    TOS did bad its first week, but now its actually gone multi platinum with 3 million copies sold.

    IMO whats happening is that people are starting to want the R&B Rap mix rather then Hardcore rap, look at Autotune, it basiclly made Kanye’s album hot, Jay-Z is getting hotter while dropping a song that seals the death of Autotune in rap while going back and having R&B singers like Rhianna and Alicia Keys featured in his singles, which is why there doing so well. Lil Wayne has been doing good by embracing every kind of music thats hot within reach and realized the potential in all the genre’s early one before they catch on. 50 found this out and decided to collab with a R&B singer himself with Neyo, didn’t work. If the album was stuff like Get Up then for sho it would have popped to a good album.

    Although this is amazing to me, because I remember first seeing it on the top Album in ITunes in all genre’s I think another reason is that people have more respect for a album when they buy it, if its bad they might as well torrent it, if its good then they buy to support the artist.

    What 50 needs to do is go back to what he was doing in the Early 2000′s, I mean he released his original first album Powa Of Da Dolla on Datpiff as a mixtape, and it was the top mixtape when it was released. Guess Who’s Back is what got him in Interscope in the first place. Basically, he needs to go street hard, which is pretty hard nowadays since he said he isn’t going back. What amazes me is that Rick Ross said he killed 50, when what 50 dissed Rick Ross with was worse then what he used to destroy Ja Rule with, Ross was a fucking cop and his mommy said that herself. Yet, his fanbase doesn’t care at all, the gangster is dead IMO, it doesn’t matter what you say in your lyrics, they just want the music itself, all the new rap artists to go big aren’t gangsta rappers anymore, and if they are, then there not rapping about gangsta stuff. Case and point: New Boyz, there single your a Jerk is the song I am reminded of everyday and hear. Thats not to mention the Black Eyed Pea’s are doing well.

  • ceezy4sheezy

    HERE LIES FIFTY CENT HE HAD SUCH A SPARK WHEN HE STARTED BUT NOW HE JUST GARBAGE/FELL FROM TOP 10 NOT MENTION AT ALL TILL YOUR WEED CARRIERS MIXTAPE IS BETTER THAN YOURS/MATTER OF FACT YOU HAD THE WORSE FLOW IN WHOLE FUCKING CREW BUT THE SUN DON’T SHINE THE SUN DON’T SHINE THAT’S WHY YOUR LAAAAAAAAAME CARREER’S COME TO AN END IT’S ONLY SO LONG FAKE THUGS CAN PRETEND

  • Brooklyn

    as much as we could wish that 50 bow out after this dismal album, it ain’t gonna happen because 50 ain’t that kinda nigga. he knows his music has been on a steady downward slope since “grodt” and he hasn’t stopped yet. if anything, the low sales of “bisd” might inspire him to actually get on his grind and make something good. and as we speak, there’s probably some nigga in atl, detroit, chicago, la, oakland, dc, miami, houston, nyc, or any other ghetto in the us that’s just been shot 10 times and has decided that he wants to become the neo-50.

  • I RUN THIS..

    50 wasted alot of hits on mixtapes..the new album is cool, i like the content more than the beats, better A&R’ing maybe..but no one can deny what 50 has done for the game..yeah yeah yeah..from multi platinum sales, movies, clothing, energy drinks, cologne, sneakers all in less than 7 years…come on,give dude a break..50 is hip hop..

    can someone explain to me why they think Jay-Z is better without licking his nuts?
    50 raps better, stil very street in his content, paints pictures with his music ( i see u nas), entertaining, drops quality music and so on..50 has reached the roof of success in the music business..succesful as an artist, sussecful as a record label exec, successful online which is now the new currency in this new climate period..what more can he do?

    • Juvee

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

      Jay Z is definitely not the BEST rapper. He is definitely witty, he’s got great punchlines and he can ride the beats that HE picks for his albums. Jay Z rarely bites off what he can’t chew. There are tons of dudes who can rap way better than Jay Z. HOWEVER, 50 is not one of them.

      This is about music, not how successful 50 has been in ‘business’. The BISD album has got fantastic beats but 50′s new mumbling style of rap FAILS. EPICLY.

      50 used to measure the quality of music based on record sales (although Im sure he isnt gonna do that anymore based on BISD sales). That dumb. Quality is quality. In fact the best stuff is not mass produced. How many Bentley’s do they make and sell each year? A shitload less than the number of Kia Spectras out there. Food for though nigga.

  • http://www.worldfamousnaijablog.com Mr Starks

    co-sign: $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Thats really stuff right there. I couldn’t have put it better myself.
    This is exactly why I believe Dre’s Detox is not out yet. I believe everytime he “finishes” it, the hip hop weather changes. He cannot put out a chronic or whatever, putting on both his business cap and music cap, he wants to release an album that is sonically out this world and would bring financial returns out this world considering he has spent close to 9 years on this output.

  • Caino

    Damn Bol, cant believe this blog hasnt been deleted yet!!! or maybe the TI’s are starting to agree with you?

    But when War Angel a supposed mixtape is superior that your actual album you gotta think again!

  • http://www.mindofq.com Q-Bot

    This album is hard and 50 actually ups his game lyrically on it. Curtis was a piece of shit album and it only sold 600k first week because of 50′s earlier success. If this album had half that exposure it’d be flyin off the shelves.

  • http://myspace/mike29entertainment Mike29ent

    I think 50 had a good album NOT great and still not enough singles. I also think him being on the internet so much has made folks feel like they have seen and heard him enough. I brought the album because I like what 50 brings to the table.

    Message to industry insiders, promoters and DJ’s. Please let all know that Queens rapper Sweet Tee is Back!!! She has a new mixtape coming entitled The Best of Both Worlds featuring Jay Z hosted by Kid Capri. I want to spread the word.

  • vonnievonn65

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO 50 might not sell what they projected LMAOOOOOOOOOO 37.17% sales already reported hahahahahahah

    CHART DATE: 11/23/2009
    LAST UPDATE: 11/23/2009 11:24:55
    NOW IN: 37.17%

    LW TW artist / album label power index
    – 1 JOHN MAYER COLUMBIA 74,077
    BATTLE STUDIES
    – 2 JUSTIN BIEBER ISLAND/IDJMG 55,022
    MY WORLD
    3 3 CARRIE UNDERWOOD 19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 37,535
    PLAY ON
    4 4 MICHAEL JACKSON EPIC 35,181
    THIS IS IT
    6 5 NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC SONY MUSIC 32,015
    NOW 32
    10 6 TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON CHOP SHOP/ATLANTIC 29,241
    SOUNDTRACK
    19 7 MILEY CYRUS HOLLYWOOD 29,112
    TIME OF OUR LIVES
    2 8 ANDREA BOCELLI DECCA 26,968
    MY CHRISTMAS
    – 9 NORAH JONES BLUE NOTE 26,706
    THE FALL
    – 10 KRIS ALLEN 19/JIVE/ZLG 26,252
    KRIS ALLEN
    – 11 50 CENT SHADY/AFTERMATH/INT 23,762
    BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT
    5 12 TAYLOR SWIFT BIG MACHINE 22,884
    FEARLESS
    12 13 LADY ANTEBELLUM CAPITOL NASHVILLE 20,409
    LADY ANTEBELLUM
    15 14 TIM MCGRAW CURB 19,476
    SOUTHERN VOICE
    – 15 LEONA LEWIS J RECORDS/RMG 18,081
    ECHO
    – 16 JANET JACKSON A&M 17,088
    #1′S
    1 17 BON JOVI ISLAND/IDJMG 17,038
    THE CIRCLE
    – 18 PAUL MCCARTNEY HEAR MUSIC 16,055
    GOOD EVENING NEW YORK
    – 19 THEM CROOKED VULTURES INTERSCOPE 16,022

  • SHEIST DOLO

    IM A FAN OF HIP HOP PERIOD AND I REMEMBER WHEN FIDDY FIRST DROPPED HIS AURA AND STORY WAS ALMOST MYTHICAL IN A SENSE,BUT ANYWAYS WHAT THE HELL IS IT WITH EVERYONE MAKING A BIG DEAL OUTTA JAY-Z’S AMA COMMENT REALLY I MEAN REALLY HE SAID THIS TWICE ALREADY BOTH BEING AT THE BET HIP HOP AWARDS AND NO ONE PAID IT NO ATTENTION DAMN SHIT STARTERS AND HOW DID ROSS BODY FIFTY 158 TO 161 YEAH AND THAT WHOLE DISMAL SOUNDSCAN PERFORMANCE OF TRIPLE C’S WHO R NOW SO DESPERATE THEY R TAKING SHOTS AT KRS-ONE WTF COME ON HIP HOP WE GTTA DO BETTER.

  • http://hottestgamesonthemarket.blogspot.com/ Tha Master

    WTF, Kanye didn’t sold a million on his Graduation album in its first week. It sold around 700k, just a bit more than Curtis, get your facts straight!

  • Spoon

    Byron is an idiot!

  • KINGDIK

    YALL RETARDS,BISD IZ GANGSTER SHIT, ALL U HATERZ SOUND LIKE BITCHS ALL U FAGS LIKE THAT BS FEEL GUD MUSIC,, FUK THAT BISD IS SUMTHING U CAN BUMP 2..GANGSTER SHIT GGGG-UNIT Y QUE PINICHI MECCAS…

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    stop hatin on 50 the album leaked thats why it didnt sell shittttttt

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