Jay-Z Talks “I Get Money (Remix)” with 50 Cent; Kanye West’s Victory

jay1.jpgIn an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Def Jam CEO, Jay-Z, discusses for the first time Kanye West’s SoundScan victory over 50 Cent and his decision to appear on Fif’s “I Get Money (Remix).” Hov and Def Jam scored a big victory this week with ‘Ye’s album, Graduation, selling 957,000 copies, compared to 50’s LP, Curtis, moving 691,000 units. “It makes me proud as someone who’s watched his growth from the beginning, when he came in as a hungry producer, to now he’s a rock star,” Jay told EW. “I’m happy for him on that level. And I’m excited for creativity as well, because I think that’s a win for that as well.” In the interview, Jay also hailed Kanye’s song, “Big Brother,” as his best song since “Jesus Walks.” “I think it’s a fair portrayal from a little brother’s perspective,” Hov said. “You know, you’ve got your big brother and you want to go out with him, he’s like, ‘Nah, get back in the house!’ Things like that, until you come of age. At Roc-A-Fella, we’ve always lived by tough love. Everyone knows that. It’s nothing given. Everyone has to work for theirs, and that’s how you make strong individuals, by not carrying them. That’s how you make a Kanye West. You make him fight for his position.”

Jay-Z also addressed his decision to collaborate with 50 Cent and Diddy on the “I Get Money (Remix),” even though Fif was competing with ‘Ye for first week sales. “I just wanted to show that we’re not enemies,” he said. “[50 Cent] called me to ask for the remix, and I told him he couldn’t put the remix out until the first week came. I didn’t want it to affect any type of numbers. [Laughs] We’re not enemies, we’re just competing.”

  • ABC

    “We’re not enemies, we’re just competing.” Jay-Z

  • UK’Z FINEST

    FIRST!!!!

  • texasleen

    Real Talk…now let the hating begin

  • bb gunz

    Jay is a bizzness man he knows what hes doin a man thats been in the game for a min he knows the ins and outs so kanye selling was know suprise for him and fukk these jay haters in here man u do u let him do him

  • GUNIT SOLDIER

    I bet CURTIS goes platinum by next week, peep that haters.

  • mike

    I bet 50 comes outta the closet, by next week.

  • Aly Ross

    50 talk to much shit

  • http://50cent.com cheddamelt

    jay-z bougth 200 000 copies of kanye,now he comes and say we not enemies we compete he knows he can’t compete with 50cent where is rocafella,rocawear this shows he can’t run a business by himself.
    50cent will always be a winner fuck jay-z

  • BIZZLE

    JAY-Z DIDN’T BUY SHIT YOU HATER’S….WHERE’S THE PROOF THAT JAY BOUGHT 200,000 COPIES OF KANYE??..YOU SOUND STUPID SAYING THAT…IF THAT’S THE CASE MAYBE…JUST MAYBE INTERSCOPE BOUGHT 200,000 OF THE 50 AND THE BAMMA STILL LOST. GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE WITH THOSE RUMORS!

  • venom

    More than a hustler his the definition of it!!!

    Hustler= Jay-z

    Great marketing by jay and 50. Kanye great producer….avarage rapper

  • TRUTH

    If rocafella bought 200,000 they still would have beat out 50 cent, do the math. Everyway way you haters put it got kanye coming out on top…….No Homo

  • to cheddamelt

    Even if Jay bought 200k, Kanye still outsold fitty do the math go back to school.

  • jburg

    why are you low life niggas on here arguing about who bought what? and who sold more. that doesn’t make Kanye or 50 any better or worse a rapper because one sound less. none of you Ass wipes benefits from the sells so what do you fuckers care? both are gonna go platinum and both are gonna see a decrease next week. be glad for the fact that we have to hip hop albums that are listenable. i hope fifty holds his promise to put out an album everytime def jam does. that will mean more days like this to come. be glad for hip hop. stop all of the hate. both albums were good. just different contexts!

  • BUSS

    no one bought anyone’s albums soundscan has a way to detect if an outrageous amount of albums have been bought fools, if so they would let it be know, nobody lost in this battle they both caked up off those units sold their probably chatting on the phone about a new track to drop together

  • dorrell

    keep da hate alive you fools cause the more hate the more money they make

  • DTRIP

    That 50 cd is growing on me…I bought both when they first came out…I listened to that Ye first…it’s dope…but that 50 w/ Akon is rediculous…

  • Cuban Link

    I wonder how Jay feels that Fiddy outsold him.

  • brebre

    AS BOL SAID, JAY-Z = SECRET 50 CENT HATER. LOL

  • Dze German

    ” Fifty talks too much shit ’bout Kanye at the barbershops…”

  • Tre The Truth

    GUNIT SOLDIER Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am
    I bet CURTIS goes platinum by next week, peep that haters.

    Bet You Kanye goes platinum tomorrow!!! HAHAHAHA

    But anyhow, We all knew it was gonna happen. But due to both of them goin on these randoms tirades, Both of their next week sales are going to drop. Thats not hating, thats the truth

  • DirtDoggy

    Maybe that’s why JZ spit the worst rhyme of his life on the get money remix, hahah, Jay you are a genius.

  • freakyfiiikkii

    Congrats to both Ye and Fif. That’s what I like to see, two Mc’s going head-to-head (no homo). I got both albums and depending what mood I’m in determines which CD gets played in the whip, point blank.

    Difficulty takes a day,
    Impossible takes a week. Shawn- “Jay-Z” Carter

    Believe that shit to the fullest

  • Tre The Truth

    And that matters how?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com yaboytone32

    “Haven’t you mothafuckas figured it out yet. 50 will never be respected or as great as he was when ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’ came out. He’s lost touch with his gangsta side and now resides with Ja on the Wanksta side. Jay-Z has made a BEAST out of Kanye. He’s a fuckin rich genius, a mastermind fahreal.

  • RBMC

    Get ready for the 50/kanye album mixed by dangermouse and mf doom!! then what will the haters say!

  • http://www.myspace.com/crillzbeatz Crillz Beatz

    http://www.myspace.com/crillzbeatz

    “I’m already the G.O.A.T. next stop is a billi”

  • http://www.myspace.com/crillzbeatz Crillz Beatz

    http://www.myspace.com/crillzbeatz

    “I’m already the G.O.A.T. next stop is a billi”

  • Brooklyn

    Rumor is Jay-Z is working on another album . From what some inside sources have heard it sounds more like the “Blueprint Era” Hov. I hope its true.

    Great marketing on both sides. I wanted Kanye to win but its still good for Hip Hop. 50 just talked to much. More people bought Ye’s album because Ye is more creative.

  • ATLien

    GUNIT SOLDIER Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am
    I bet CURTIS goes platinum by next week, peep that haters.

    Graduation will go platinum before the week is over.

  • Young 50

    Both 50 and Kanye had good albums but I bought 50′s album though. 50 got music for the ladies and the club. Ye got music that make u think.50 and ye will be platinum by next week. The reason Ye won is because of what 50 said about retirement, and fans bought Ye’s album to go against 50 cent. He is the Barry Bonds of rap with out the steriods, people love to hate him. Tell Ye to stop crying about awards when he don’t win, that shit is getting old. I’m from Chicago Ye don’t be in the Chi he live in Beverly Hills.

  • Beef

    GUNIT SOLDIER Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 10:50 am
    I bet CURTIS goes platinum by next week, peep that haters.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    no offense my dude, but you sound like a dickrider right about now…even the name is ridin it a little too hard.

    But props to Ye, and even though I think personally 50 album was a little of the trashy side after I heard it ( i mean 1 good song or two doesn’t make an album good.) Kanye’s album was good but it would’ve been better if it had a few more songs and more guest appearances. His reasoning was that he took t-pain and wayne cuz they were wto of the top artists this year, which makes sense, unless ofcourse your a fan in which case that’s not the best idea. I mean if Jay had dropped a hot verse or too that would’ve increased the sales alone.

    But hats off to both of them for a great marketing strategy. Ye won…and 50 prolly don’t give a shit, rich ass.

  • Cant Tell Me Nothing

    It’s funny that Kanye outsold T.I. with just his first week sells..

  • aris

    What the Fuck

    Is it me or is Jay content with not acknowledging this niggas skills. I’ve never heard him refer to Kanye as nice, or good, or anything complimentary other than, he’s grown alot as an artist. I would take real offense to that shit if I was Kanye, but to each his own. Anyway, I’m glad this nigga is at least starting to realize Kanyes value, he owes Dame a house for signing that nigga.

    Now, I hate when people do shit like this, but I really think people need some more good hip hop in their life. Check my guy, & co label head OB.OK.?!! @ http://www.myspace.com/obok.

    I swear he’s nice as hell and you wont be disappointed. Chicago is cooking up some revolutionary level hip hop right now, and I think if I couldn’t give y’all a taste of someone you will definitely be hearing about real soon, I wouldn’t be a true lover of hip hop, yes she’s my bitch.

    Chi-town till the world blow up.

    One.

    PS – leave a comment if you like what you hear man, any love is greatly appreciated, and oh yeah he produces his own shit too, everything

    again it’s

    http://www.myspace.com/obok

  • matharashi

    Vivendi reported that curtis sold 2 million records world wide the first week, don’t know how it went for kanye world wide though,

  • Rockstar Prince

    YO i Hope jay go back to that first blueprint sound cause that shit is classic… second.. 50 album sound like a mixtape… that shit is weak now, nigga dont care if ya gun go off, ye music is good times and shit u could rock anytime

  • NYG

    hmm…should i take Kanye’s creativiy, great beats and lyrics…

    or should i take 50 Cent, who has simplist rhymes, a shitty Dre beat on the album and no creativity…and oh yea Eminem talking about taking a shit on a girls chest!

  • Banton

    Fuck you bizzle, I GET MONEY. WHAT DA FUCK IS GRADUATION? G- UNITE HAHA

  • LD

    Yo I bought both albums and they both hot as hell. ye got fif cuz everyone loves an underdog…lets all be glad that hip hop is not dead

  • Ghost Deini

    Kanye outsold 50. WHO GIVES A FUCK ! IT’S OVER ! Both of the albums are trash compared to there previous 2 albums anyway. Especially curtis, that album is just trash. All you G-Unit dickriders, G-UNIT is DEAD. G-Unit hasnt been the same since Game left.

  • fuck game

    ur a dumbass ghost deini, guint never fell off and never will. but back to tha topic, im a gunit fan, but honestly i do thinks ye’s album was better, 50 just tried new shit cause hes able to, but its tha unit for life. before u know it it will only be gunit in tha game cause everyones gonna go there haha

  • Lia N

    Yeah I’m waiting for that retirement speech from 50. I knew my man Kayne was going to sell more albums than 50. I think that 50 forgot that his “music” only appeals to HOOD folk and that Kayne’s music is universal!!!

  • Hova

    kanye is pop !!!!!!!!!!!!! last bitches

  • fla all day

    The game bought 300 copies of kanyes album so fiddy would retire

  • TripleX

    Is it me or is Jay content with not acknowledging this niggas skills. I’ve never heard him refer to Kanye as nice, or good, or anything complimentary other than, he’s grown alot as an artist. I would take real offense to that shit if I was Kanye, but to each his own.

    Kanye has dope beats, but he a weak mc. don’t get me wrong he has lyrics, but his delivery is way off…

    Congrats to both Ye and Fif, the scheme worked

  • KW

    wat da fuck u dumb fucks talkin bout?sales dont mean shit anymore! how many records did “desire” sell which is probably the album of the year

    tired of hearin da same old shit from fif man. since get rich or die tryin’ homeboy don’ fell off no lie man.

    oh and to Fuck Game..how da fuck can u say g unit aint fell off. aint no creativty wit them bitchs no more

    is it so wrong to actually enjoy lyricists again??

    oh and triplex read da interview above and realise jay feel like a older brother to Ye… when ur older brother giv u props man they always wanna be better than u haha

  • http://www.xxlmag.com cantgetright

    kanye says things to make you think what trash kanye just says contraversial things that is why his mucic sells so much what knowledge do you gain fromn listening to a kanye track nada. all he talks about is himself like all rappers so dont get it twisted kanye had 4 tracks that are good on the whole album.

  • jay

    1st 50 a cry baby lost fair and square, 2nd if they bought 100,000 or 200,000, still beat him anyways, 50 cant take a lost, he about to fall to , cause other harecore rappers going to use this against him,curtis album not even that hot, weed plate at best, all his are stuff ,did not put on the album, likes making girl songs wit justin, robin thick

  • Tre The Truth

    fuck game Says:

    September 19th, 2007 at 9:12 pm
    ur a dumbass ghost deini, guint never fell off and never will. but back to tha topic, im a gunit fan, but honestly i do thinks ye’s album was better, 50 just tried new shit cause hes able to, but its tha unit for life. before u know it it will only be gunit in tha game cause everyones gonna go there haha

    Nigga when did you get a record deal with G-Unit? The Unit doesn’t push any artist unless you’re the immediate four members. 50 didn’t try anything new wich is why the album didn’t sell greater. Again, HE DIDN”T TRY NOTHING NEW.

    Stop lickin G-Unuts

  • http://xxl.mag YounGuttaAkaBlaqueCzarBkaGuttaBlaque(LongliveDaking)

    Both of em is hard…Why complain dumbfucks???

  • http://www.myspace.com/migomoneyproductions walter

    50 cent called p-diddy and jay-z because he knows they running new york period, and 50 just wants to be on top with them you feel me, true facts, I fucks with both cds, GET MONEY MA NI99AS