Jay-Z Says 50 Cent and Kanye West Competition Is A “Fantastic Thing”

jay2.jpgIn an interview with MTV News, Jay-Z speaks for the first time about the highly anticipated showdown between Kanye West and 50 Cent this fall, as both artists will release their new albums — Ye’s Graduation and Fif’s Curtis — on September 11. While 50 told Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex a few weeks ago that Jay-Z would be smart to move Kanye out of his date, according to Hov, that’s not going to happen. “I think it’s great. I think it’s a fantastic day for hip-hop,” Jay told MTV News. “I remember having those dates [against] OutKast a couple of times. I actually had one with G-Unit [with Beg For Mercy]. It’s great. It’s a fantastic thing for hip-hop, especially retail. I know they’re loving it. You’re driving people to the store. We love it, we think it’s a fantastic thing.”

  • Holla

    As much as I love Kanye, he’s gonna get murked by 50. Ye’s never sold albums close to 50, even though he’s a better artist.

  • Lexx

    1st

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    He’s right, it is a good thing. I wasn’t really into Ye’ but his singles are growing on me, so Imma proly hafta cop both.
    I was never a big Ye’ fan, but the sound and direction he’s taken with this album is intriguing, for sure.
    50′s best shit is always on the album, not his singles, I know his shit will be dope, too.
    I think its just gonna make people buy both albums, if you ask me.

    1 hunned.

  • brebre

    I’M GON COP BOTH BUT I HOPE 50 WINS. IT’S UP TO HIS NEW SINGLE W/ JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE NOW. BEAT IS SICK THOUGH.

  • wat-Wat-WAT?!!

    Fuck tht, ye is def. outselling 50 monkey ass, everybody luvs g.o.o.d music.
    it’s the ROC Bitch!

  • http://www.webmail.co.za I RUN THIS…….

    Kanye got dis…sori 50,deal with it now and except it now so that you dont get a heart attack a week after Sept 11 when soundscan comes out…lol..Kanye’s gone George Bush you’re ass…

  • raK0nTuRR

    curtis wil win dis 0ne no doubt

  • TriZZle

    im gonna git both but we all know kanye got fif lyrically, he has more range n creativity..idk who gonna sell more tho n dont really giva fuck. itz about tha message to me, kanye started out that way but seemz to slowy be change’n.. big upz tho ta both!

  • http://www.myspace.com/adnan_bigboz Vajla

    i second that kanye made numbers but not nearly as many numbers as 50 did 50 is gonna get the bigger end out of all of this

  • derfla the hus’la

    what ev

  • http://www.myspace.com/krazy_sexxxy_kool king_of_gq

    it’s fantastic…fantastic…fantastic…fantastic…fantastic…fantastic…lmfao

  • http://xxlmag.com troyel

    This is so smart for the both of the camps. They are going to let us the public fuel this. PEOPLE read between the lines.. 50 the bad guy its sells/kanye the good guy it sells…jay co-signing both IT SELLS. Jayz and 50 our good friends and our both smart business men.. Hats off gents i’m peepin your format!!!!!!CURRRTISSS!!!

  • fireforreal

    I think 50 will do more the first week but his project will die down sooner.Kanye’s album will be more intresting overall.50 will have the same joints as the last album.

  • fosho

    kanye aint got no chance in hell he garbage anyway dipset all day

  • http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com Rich Arte

    I’m coppin that ‘Ye, 50…maybe. Both of Kanye’s albums were classics in my book, and the more I listened to it, the more the Massacre grew on me. I wasn’t feelin it at first, but it was hott too. Personally, I don’t think Curtis will be all that hott. They are both good artists, but the fact that Kanye was a “producer that rap better than the rappers” he gets my money. I want him to outsell 50 off of sheer talent. 50 has better marketing, and his name is a brand in itself, so all those G-Unit fans that have been coppin his shit before will still buy into him. Kanye’s fan base continued to grow as did his popularity. They will both go platinum so either way it goes the media will hype up the attention and market it as a stunt to “see who will sell the most”. Good luck to both.

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  • Lano

    I think jay needs to put 50 in his place.I mean 50s always saying slick sh@t on the shy about jay.

  • waiting patiently for so long

    i hope they both good albums i will be buying both of them. don’t really care who wins as long as they both can entertain me and give me lots of tracks to bump in my whip

  • waiting patiently for so long

    i hope they both good albums i will be buying both of them. don’t really care who wins as long as they both can entertain me and give me lots of tracks to bump in my whip

  • waiting patiently for so long

    i hope they both good albums i will be buying both of them. don’t really care who wins as long as they both can entertain me and give me lots of tracks to bump in my whip

  • http://www.xxlmag.com waiting patiently for so long

    i don’t care who wins as long as both albums are good, will def be buying both of them, just give me lots of tracks to bump in my whip.

  • dre4life

    50 number 1 all the time baby….9/11 im gonna buy 15 copies of curtis ……….ggggggggggggggggggggg-unit!

  • dreday

    i’m buying 1 million copies of curtis… i’m rich bitches

  • ALBANY4LIFE

    IT WILL BE GREAT 4 HIP HOP BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH BUZZ ALREADY AND IT IS 6 WEEKS AWAY STILL.NO MATTER WHO IS #1 OR #2,THESE TWO WILL COMBINE FOR OVER 1 MILLION RECORDS SOLD IN THAT WEEK.WITH THE EXCEPTION OF T.Is JOINT,NO ONE IS MOVING UNITS OR CREATING EXCITEMENT IN THE HIPHOP WORLD AND HOPEFULLY 50 AND YE WILL GET PEOPLE BACK IN THE STORES TO PURCHASE CDS BECAUSE THESE RINGTONE CLOWNS HAVE NO FAN BASE THAT WOULD WANT TO BUY SHIT FROM THEM BUT THAT 99c RINGTONE.

  • whitecastle614

    Ye’s album will be 100 times better than 50′s, but i think 50′s will sell more.

  • Dolph

    Honestly, both profit margins will suffer in america, maybe not overseas but here where it really matters. they’re pockets are gonna feel extra light come 9/11. Kanye and 50 need to come to some kind of agreement because money is the object and this is strictly business. hit me up on the VERTU! Then we can talk business

  • Jbiz

    Fuck both of these chump ass marks

  • grapes

    HOLLA is wrong. People are disappointed by 50′s last LP, so fuck that who wants to buy the new one?

  • Dan

    The whole G-UNIT crew is over. Just some body bags now.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM BROKE LIKE UR WRIST

    WHY DO IT EVEN MATTER. . . THIS IS SOME HOMO SUCKA SHIT . . . BOTH WILL DROP AND SALES DON’T MATTER TO THE UNWEALTHY COMMUNITIES. . . WE BUY THEM BOOTLEG ANYWAY. . .TO THE FAGS SAYING THEY ARE BUYING MORE THATN 1 COPY OF CURTIS. . . U CAN’T BE 4 REAL. . . U AINT BUILT LIKE THAT. . .FAGGOTASSSUCKERS

  • http://xxlmag.com illp

    Dan Says:

    July 31st, 2007 at 1:39 pm
    The whole G-UNIT crew is over. Just some body bags now.

    NIGGA FUCK YOU YOU A HATE THE MIGHT BE OVER BUT THE GENERAL STILL GON SALES ALOT 50 TO WIN OVER YE
    CURTIS SEPT 11 G COP THAT!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • raze

    ITS A GREAT DAY FOR HIP HOP!
    WE NEED THIS!

    IM COPPIN BOTH

    da good guy vs. the bad guy

    ITS BRILLIANT

    GGGUNIT + G.O.O.D. Music!!!!!

  • Freddy(Vega$)

    Kanye is going to sell Michael Jack records watch. hes the fuckin man right now, but i bet they both do real good but 50 is only Local, Ye is world wide!!! I cant wait I will go to the Mall and buy both them niggaz albums, SUPPORT REAL MUSIC LITTLE NIGGAZ!!!!!…..CURTIS…….

  • sk

    50 number 1 all the time baby….9/11 im gonna buy 15 copies of curtis ……….ggggggggggggggggggggg-unit!

    ^^^^^that’s going above an beyond buddy….15..15…???????????WTF

  • starchild

    come on now who iz acttually gonna cop another candy shop album lol,,my money iz on kanye a true hip hop album!

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    NIGGAZ KNOW DAMN WELL 50 GONNA OUT SELL YE!!! NIGGAZ HATE 50 BCUZ HE’S THE MIKE JORDAN N THE RAP GAME. THAT USED 2 B HOV BUT NIGGAZ KNOW 50 PUT OUT GOOD MUSIC. NIGGAZ HATE ON 50 LAST ALBUM BUT NIGGAZ KNOW THAT SHIT WAS GOOD. IM GONNA COP BOTH OF THEIR ALBUMS. YE WILL NEVER OUT SELL 50 AND NIGGAZ KNOW THAT!!! THE SAME NIGGAZ THATS TALKIN SHIT ABOUT 50 AND YE GONNA BUY THEIR ALBUMS.

  • DADE COUNTY 305

    FREDDY(VEGAS)… DAWG R U SERIOUS??? 50 IS ONLY LOCAL??? DAWG U LOST YO MIND!!! 50 TOUR ALL OVER EUROPE AND WENT 5X PLAT OVER THERE ON BOTH OF HIS 1ST 2 ALBUMS. DAWG U MUST HAVE BUMP YOUR HEAD!

  • x-mas kid

    they both creating sales for each other…if anything…graduation will be yes best salen album…regardless who sale the most…but i hope kanye takes that belt…

  • http://xxlmag.com DADE COUNTY 305

    LET ME STOP TALKING SHIT!!! I KNOW YE IS GOING TO SELL MORE THAN 50. I ALWAYS HAD DREAMS OF MEETING 50 AND WORKING UNDER HIM. IF I EVER GET THAT CHANCE I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR 50 INCLUDING GIVING HIM MY ASS . 50 GIVE ME A JOB IF YOU READ THIS 50.

  • 77s77

    i am so sick of g-unit and only little kids listen to gunit these days…i hope kanye wins

  • Chicago

    Kanye dropped two singles compared to 50 four. Whos singles are better? Kanye without a doubt. Can’t Tell Me Nothing is in heavy rotation on black stations and Stronger is appealing to white I know. The only thing that 50 got working with him is that track with JT and that’s decent at best. Kanye is a better artist and 50 is a dead trend.

  • Cuban Link

    if 50 loses its cuz people that will buy Curtis will prolly also buy Graduation.But a lot of cats are gonna buy Graduation and not Curtis.I dont know though, my cuz lives out in Jersey, and a lot of them suburban kids out there dont like Kanye, so I dont know.

    that new 50 song with JT is hot though, Cant Tell Me Nothin is good, but it gets boring, be real his flow is so slow in it.Strongers hot though

  • SFJ

    i highly doubt that they are going to sell much but i do think that KANYE is going to sell more than 50 at least US sales because 50′s shit is already leaked & it’s going to get bootlegged!

  • SFJ

    i highly doubt that they are going to sell much but i do think that KANYE is going to sell more than 50 at least US sales because 50′s shit is already leaked & it’s going to get bootlegged!

  • SFJ

    i highly doubt that they are going to sell much but i do think that KANYE is going to sell more than 50 at least US sales because 50′s shit is already leaked & it’s going to get bootlegged!

  • Cuban Link

    50 deserves it more, kanyes doesnt care enough hes just too happy go lucky, he doesnt care what happens hes like oh its cool I just want to be noticed.50s working hard for this, he isnt putting out tracks as good as Kanye but still, 50 wants to be #1

  • Jalfred

    Coppin both albums those shit gon be hot

  • bill

    What matters for record sales is radio and video play. 50 had “in da club” as a single on GET RICH and “disco inferno” on the MASSACRE. As of right now, “Stronger” by Kanye is kickin anything that 50 has put out. You have to put at least 2 radio friendly songs to push records. If 50 wants a platinum record, there better be a single that will play in the clubs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/ntomoentertainment1 EAST COAST

    YE ALBUM WILL BE THE BEST ALBUM…NOT SLEEPING ON 50, BUT YE GOT MORE TALENT PERIOD! NEED BEATS CHECK ME OUT ON THIS WEB DOWN BELOW
    http://www.myspace.com/ntomoentertainment1

  • http://xxlmag.com Capone

    i told you once i tell you again kanye aint gon do better shit than 50 cent!! lil rhyme right there just to say that 50 is gon kill everybody wit his album………..is gon be the best album ever!!!

  • logic

    If 50 outsells Kanye it’s for 5 reasons:
    1. People are stupid
    2. Once again 50 tricked the public
    3. People are stupid
    4. 50 bought his own album with all that money
    5. Last but not least, people are real stupid

  • http://xxlmag.com ToneFelone

    SO WHAT they comin out on the same day…what??? U tellin me people only got money to cop 1 disc at a time??? That makes it better cause I got even more reason to go to BestBuy.

  • 40

    My dude logic has got it down…People honestly can’t say that 50 goes as hard as he once did…If anybody is complacent, it’s 50(I mean Candy Shop—> Amusement Park…Lyrically: Ye > 50 Creativity: Ye > 50…Overall direction of the music: Ye > 50…Even with that being said, I’ll still cop both, but I don’t see how people can put the two in the same league talent wise…

  • Ali

    50 hasn’t been on top of his game lately….Kanye is gonna eat em alive

  • BIZZLE

    THAT 50 AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SINGLE IS POP GARBAGE..KANYE DOEST IT ALL..50 CAN BARELY RAP OR SPEAK ENGLISH…KIDS IN THE BURBS LOVE THAT FAKE GANGSTA SHIT SO OF COURSE 50 WILL SELL

  • Tink-Tink

    As much as I like Fifty, I don’t think he can bully Kayne around like some many others. The graduate is too damn stubborn and too proud to move.

  • YOUNG_ZAKC

    DOESNT MATTER TO ME,SINCE ILL BE GETTIN BOTH FOR FREE!!!

  • damn

    personally if i like either….which i dont as far as singles go im gettin em bootlegged. as far as who will legitly sell more. damn thats a hell of a toss up. middle class white america aka the lil white kids buying these joints love both of these dudes. wether or not fifty will drop some good shit or if kanye is more talented dont mean shit. what means shit is what album people will buy. what i wanna know is when detox is droppin. god damn i feel like ive been waiting for that joint since the vietnam war.

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    50 is going to murk kanye

  • bizzle

    Kanye is tight both lyrics & creativity. 50 is wack when he 1st came out he was dissing Ja for making love songs, but then his dumbass is makin “21 questions” “smile” & “best Friend” whut the heel is that & now that JT is bigger and got more respect he just using him.

  • MD.Geist

    Producer/Rapper with civilrights leadership in his bloodline vs ExDrugDealer/Rapper/Successful businessman. After the smoke they should combine like MAFIA FAMILIES and assist the poor neighbors where they from.

  • http://myyspace/beatsdotcom KING JAMES

    I THINK KANYE IS GONNA DO BETTER THAT WEEK THAN FIF. KANYES FAN-BASE BUY RECORDS. FIF GOT ALOT OF FANS THAT BUY MIX CDS AND BOOTLEGG SHIT. IF THERE WAS NO BOOTLEGGIN, FIF ALL THE WAY.

  • HIPHOP GURU

    First off, Let me give my shot out to Jay-Z, Jay I see ya !!! Yep. Kanye and 50. I luv Kanye and I luv 50, both know the game and how to sell records, also what to say on a track to sell records (for yall dudes tryna be rappers, it dont matta if you can make two words rhyme.its all about if you can make that music that people want to hear) Took 50 a minute to learn that, but when he did he taught the whole G-Unit. But as for Kanye …. shit he a one man wreck crew, also he still pushin for the ROC, so I gotta give me that. 50 my dude though. 50 keep doin what ya doin. Kanye keep doin what ya doin. HipHop 4 Ever. Yall don’t let them take it away from us.

  • bigtosh

    good move Hov. Good marketing right there. 50 will obviously sell more than Kanye, but Kanye will sell more than usual because of the competition. People will be more inclined to pick up both albums than just one. i know i will.

  • Beef

    Aight, this is how I see it. I’ve always been a big Ye fan. He gives messages and is lyrically elite.

    50 cent, never liked him or g-unit but the more I listen the more I say he pretty good. He up there and a lot of people like him.

    Compared to each other, Kanye will eat fitty alive. He has him lyrically, Ye’s singles compared to 50 is really no comparison ye’s smash 50s. They both have huge starpower and no doubt they both gonna sell a lot but I already know Graduation just all together is gonna be a hell of a lot better than curtis. I hope Kanye wins this little matchup cause I definitly a fan of ye over 50 any day, but also cause cuuuuuuuurttiss was instigatin so we’ll see.

    But, I’m definitely coppin both. I really aint a fifty fan I mean he makes good music but compared to Kanye lyrically he trash. But I owe it as a fan of hip hop to get it so I really want to see how this’ll play out.

  • Beef

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    40 Says:

    August 1st, 2007 at 4:30 am

    My dude logic has got it down…People honestly can’t say that 50 goes as hard as he once did…If anybody is complacent, it’s 50(I mean Candy Shop—> Amusement Park…Lyrically: Ye > 50 Creativity: Ye > 50…Overall direction of the music: Ye > 50…Even with that being said, I’ll still cop both, but I don’t see how people can put the two in the same league talent wise…

    ^^^^^ I agree wit dude fully. Ye has fifty in just about every cateogry cause he’s unorgional. The albums itself, no competition Graduation will be better but that doesn’t decide who will sell more.