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Kanye West and 50 Cent to Appear on BET’s 106th & Park on September 11

curt-grad2.JPGKanye West and 50 Cent will both appear on BET’s 106th & Park on Tuesday (September 11), the day that both of their highly anticipated new albums hit stores. According to the Associated Press, BET is pulling out all of the stops for the monumental television event, even recruiting ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith to offer viewers a statistical breakdown of the opponents. The prospect of an on-air face off between the two powerhouses first arose during a visit to the show by 50 last month during which hosts Terrence and Rocsi asked the G-Unit boss if he’d be willing to debate Kanye on air on the day their albums dropped. Over the past several weeks, the buzz around the battle for the charts has built into frenzy, with both artists predicting victory and fans choosing sides. According to Stephen Hill, senior VP of music programming and talent for BET, the rivalry is all in good fun. “I don’t think it’s a battle, I think it’s a lot of fun,” Hill said. “I think Kanye will tell you he moved his date to 50’s date to draw this type of attention, to create this marketing opportunity. We’re gonna have fun on Sept. 11, the only place they are going to be together.”

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