50 Cent Says He’s Still No. 1 [With Exclusive Video]

Despite the decline in sales from 2005’s The Massacre to his last album, 2007’s Curtis, as well as a shift from gangsta rap’s overall popularity, 50 Cent still considers himself to be on top of the rap game. XXLMag.com recently caught up with the self-described “SoundScan Killer” to speak on his place in hip-hop’s current climate, how his sales stack up to Lil Wayne and the undeniable staying power of Jay-Z.

While he admits that mentor Eminem ranks higher than him on the list, Fif is quick to point out his dominance over Weezy. “What does that mean that you sold that,” he told XXL pertaining to Wayne’s last album, Tha Carter III, selling one million copies in its first week out last year. “So you gonna forget that I sold 10 million albums twice -12 million first album, 10 million next one. So what does that one million mean?“ [Watch Below]

Fiddy believes fans are quick to forget his history; getting caught up in whoever is hot at the moment. “What you’re talking about is who is a buzz,” he explained. “A buzz is a song. So the next song that I release can turn me back into what you feel like is the hottest thing out here. So I mean if I’m showing you full capability of it than what makes you doubt that.”

50 points to fellow heavyweight Jay-Z, who he feels consistently finds a way to stay relevant. “There’s a respect that is well deserved on Jay-Z’s part because he’s had that cloud come over him and constantly worked his way through it, having so many projects come out and be successful and maintain meaning,” he said. “There’s a significance in it. Because they go, after countless amounts of hit records, they go ‘You think you can go out and do it again’. Ask me if I think he can do it again, ‘hell yeah,’ cause he did it how many times in front of us. What makes you think he can’t do it again”

“We get those moments where people decide to doubt and I’m fine with it,” he adds. “You know and then they’ll change their mind and I’ll tell em suck my dick, kiss my ass and everything else at the same time because they decided to doubt for that small time period.”

50 is currently prepping the release of his long-delayed fourth solo album, Before I Self Destruct. As of press time there is no solid date but it is rumored to be dropping in late fourth quarter. –Max G with reporting by Carl Chery

  • shammi13

    BISD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • RiZob

      Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer sold a shitload of records…it doesnt mean shit!…Lil Bow Wow’s catalog has sold more than Nas’ catalog….it doesnt mean shit….Master P sold more records than all of Wu-tang’s records combined..doesnt mean shit…….50 fails to realize that NUMBERS DO LIE, they lie all the time…just cause you went diamond twice doesnt mean shit… 50 is not a good rapper, i dont care how many records he has sold, he just not good at ryhming words… and thats alll that counts to me… real talk

      • young lo

        I agree with you on your point….but Get Rich or Die Tryin’ is better than any project Wayne has ever released. And Im not even a 50cent fan, but that album is classic and Wayne has no classic LP’s.

        • e918

          young lo??u serious? carter I or II aint classics? get serious

      • http://xxl jay h

        50 CENT WRITES PEOPLE MUSIC GAME BUCK AND SO FORTH NOW AS FAR AS WAYNE CONCERNED HE HONESTLY CANT SPIT HE HAS SONGS WITH GOOD BEATS BUT THEN AGAIN IF WAYNE CAN SPIT THEN I GUESS LOYD BANKS IS KING

        • Hands of stone

          50 isn’t that good of a lyricist to write for game or buck.50 damn for sure didn’t write 300 bars and running.

      • Afi K. James

        Face it, this clown sucks horribly, he’s no better than that untalentled lil wayne, both of these clowns are horrible to me, at least lil wayne is less horrible than this cancer who has really destroyed this genre and has brought more bad hip-hop in 6 years than all of the previous pre-2003 rappers combined.

      • aRuuni

        yeah, he has skill to sell records, but he’s not a good rapper

    • Robert

      50 jus needs to go into hiding an not come back out…hes getting pretty desperate for attention these days…
      how can you bash on someone for selling a million in a week when yours sold like 6 copies the first week

      time to hang it up 50..g-unit aint shit nomore…

  • http://n/a suge flight

    Yea!!!!! fif get em!!!!!!
    J-Haze on Amalgam Digital
    gotta crazy buzz rite now!!!!!

  • Pierzy

    Hip-Hop & Boxing — home to the most boasting regardless of facts or current standing. And it’s not just Fif. Wayne just proclaiming himself “Best Rapper Alive” should automatically disqualify him from any such discussion (although his music does that anyway).

    • BoogieDmonster

      Hold on are we talking about the cds he dropped or mixtapes or just him as a whole?Plus just cuz he says he is the best mean that he is the best.

  • BoogieDmonster

    Even tho i’m not a big 50 cent fan what he is sayin makes sense. I personall that his first album was nice. His second was ok, and his third was ok as well. He still come with music that people like.

  • http://xxl Born

    hate to agree but, 50 is right not with him being number one but what he said about jay an mike vick! he was right even though he was hating on drake a lil he was right in that video too drake does not have a buzz like 50 did when he first got sign to shady!

  • J-Y-Bulletz

    That N!gga Jus Got Told To Suck D!ck.lol haha

  • abdulnasir

    pierzy, xxl should give u ur own blog nigga!

    • Pierzy

      Thank you, fam! I appreciate that! If they did, you know I would take it seriously and try to drop insightful material as often as possible. Good looks…

  • venemez

    SO IF 50 IS NUMBER ONE… THEN WHAT IS JAY AND EMINEM?

  • FLOSS

    Fifs War Angel is nice i will admit but his content is still the same and his market is not, i dont think he is not relevant but i do think that in the state of hip hop that we are in today with record sales and downloading one could argue that Wayne selling a million in a weekend is a great accomplishment.One that can garner conparison to his 10 million sold which by the way is a years total. Cant nobody say if Wayne dropped that Carter 3 in the same buyer friendly market as Get Rich he wouldnt have sold 5x or 6x as much with all the momentum he had with him. But i know niggas hate Wayne so i will disregard the ignorant comments in response to this one.

    • http://www.finaldraftdesign.com VR

      I do hate Wayne, lol. but I can’t front on his 1,000 sold as much as I would love too. I think he sucks, but I can see why other seems to like him.

      50 on the other hand, never wants to admit when he’s down, or give another artist, that can be a potential threat, any credit for anything.

      You cant compare Drake’s buzz to 50′s the way he is anyway, because they are two different artist with different backgrounds, so their buzzs came in different ways.

      Its ok though 50, every movement has its quiet time. :)

    • JAY H

      technically every rapper spits the same material specially birdman weezy and jeezy is always coke drugs rims traphouse and chains nobody is really versitiale

  • RiZob

    Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer sold a shitload of records…it doesnt mean shit!…Lil Bow Wow’s catalog has sold more than Nas’ catalog….it doesnt mean shit….Master P sold more records than all of Wu-tang’s records combined..doesnt mean shit…….50 fails to realize that NUMBERS DO LIE, they lie all the time…just cause you went diamond twice doesnt mean shit… 50 is not a good rapper, i dont care how many records he has sold, he just not good at ryhming words… and thats alll that counts to me…

  • *BLOCK*

    I’LL TELL YOU WHY I DOUBT U CAN DO IT AGAIN 50….

    1. YOUR ALBUM WAS SUPPOSED TO DROP SINCE LAST YEAR 4TH QUARTER AND IT HASNT.

    2. YOU TRIED TO REKINDLE THE ALBUM SALES BEEF WITH KANYE…NO LUCK

    3. YOU TRIED TO USE YOUR REALITY SHOW TO HELP MARKET YOUR ALBUM…NO LUCK

    4. EMINEM AND DRE SAID THEY WERE GONNA DROP AN ALBUM AND YOU DECIDED YOU WOULD WAIT ON THEM HOPING THAT WOULD HELP UR SALES…NO LUCK

    5. YOU GO BACK TO DOING YOUR MIXTAPES TO SEE IF YOU CAN GET THAT OLD FAN BASE BACK..SOME LUCK (SOME PEOPLE GET CAUGHT IN THE VAPORS…SEE BIZ MARKIE LOL)

    6. YOUR MUSIC HAS LOST ITS EDGE…AND THE MORE YOU TRY TO GET IT BACK THE MORE IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU LOST IT..

    MY SUGGESTION……JUST BE A BUSINESSMAN..YOU ARE PRETTY GOOD AT THAT..UNTIL ONE OF YOUR WORKERS DO GOOD FOR THEMSELVES THEN YOU START HATING AND SELF-DESTRUCTING…

  • *BLOCK*

    I’LL TELL YOU WHY I DOUBT U CAN DO IT AGAIN 50….

    1. YOUR ALBUM WAS SUPPOSED TO DROP SINCE LAST YEAR 4TH QUARTER AND IT HASNT.

    2. YOU TRIED TO REKINDLE THE ALBUM SALES BEEF WITH KANYE…NO LUCK

    3. YOU TRIED TO USE YOUR REALITY SHOW TO HELP MARKET YOUR ALBUM…NO LUCK

    4. EMINEM AND DRE SAID THEY WERE GONNA DROP AN ALBUM AND YOU DECIDED YOU WOULD WAIT ON THEM HOPING THAT WOULD HELP UR SALES…NO LUCK

    5. YOU GO BACK TO DOING YOUR MIXTAPES TO SEE IF YOU CAN GET THAT OLD FAN BASE BACK..SOME LUCK (SOME PEOPLE GET CAUGHT IN THE VAPORS…SEE BIZ MARKIE LOL)

    6. YOUR MUSIC HAS LOST ITS EDGE…AND THE MORE YOU TRY TO GET IT BACK THE MORE IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU LOST IT..

    MY SUGGESTION……JUST BE A BUSINESSMAN..YOU ARE PRETTY GOOD AT THAT..UNTIL ONE OF YOUR WORKERS DO GOOD FOR THEMSELVES THEN YOU START HATING AND SELF-DESTRUCTING……

    • DMoney

      Block, im co-signing that bro…you speakin the truth…i know the Stans cant let go, but Fif, the run is over..it happens to every single one of them.

      • Suspence

        Except Jay-Z & Nas

  • http://myspace.com/theleaguedm d.m.

    22mill for 2 albums means he still collecting a check from 2003….nelly 20 mill for 2 albums….Forget a catalog get them CHECKS!!!!!

    • JAY STONE

      Interscope 50%
      Eminem 30%
      Dre dre 10%
      50 cent 10%

      who is eating!!!
      hahahahahahha

    • JAY STONE

      Interscope 50%
      Eminem 30%
      Dre dre 10%
      50 cent 10%

      who is eating more from 50`s albumeating!!!
      hahahahahahha

  • http://thisis50.com BigUpB2K

    50 is absolutely right and he ain’t co-signing or dick riding anything that ain’t making him money. That’s why he didn’t destroy Game. It would f up his money.

  • BeerGangsta

    50 is number 1000!! This Black Bob Doll Bitch! Nobody in New York talking about no G-UNOT! Game killed them jerks on the Mic. You need to do something else besides Rapping. This game ain’t for you.

  • realtalk

    hahaha why is 50 cent always comparin himself to lil wayne?!?only one with a normal brain would compare his or herself with a person whos better correct?!?!?! hahah think bout it whattta joke

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  • $poke

    Wayne is on album 6, 9 if you count group projects. Get to no. 4 Fif. Quit talking and give us hot records. We know you sell, we don’t give a shit. We need something to jam and you been bullshittin!. Stop with the h8 already…

    • JAY H

      Again wayne is on album no9 or whatever but its about quality music not quantity half of waynes fans cant tell you the names of the albums before carter 50 has bangers every album IN THE CLUB CANDYSHOP PIGGYBANK BACKDOWN WINDOW SHOPPER TECHNOLOGY I GET MONEY WE CAN GO ON FOR DAYS

      • doughboi773

        this guy said candy shop and technology were hits…no..thats why he has fallen off

  • truthurts

    what rapper with any self-respect would say he is NOT number one..thats the point…who would say they are not…no matter who you ask, they would say they are number one. 50 is like the rest of us…we take our highs and lows..but some of us let the hate keep us from trying again, he uses it for motivation, at least he is still trying..if ya dont like his music stop listening..obviously he is relevant to every one here who left a comment or you wouldnt have bothered.

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    damn 50 soundin a lil femalien right here?!

  • RWord

    …LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!…….LOL!….

    man…i never laughed the loud in my life..50 is “still number 1″……LOL!

    This monkey knows nothing.

    Boss!

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  • http://www.film-nyt.dk bizzle

    Man.. how could he say anything else… If the guy doesn’t believe he is no 1… who the fu.. will…..

  • FORTY

    Wayne is fuckin garbage….Like 50 said before, he’s a got damn whore! on everybodies shit!!!Wayne had like 50 million collabo’s; he was on everybodies shit!! people learned to like him. I’m not gone lie; when wayne collaboed with another artist is was tight! but his albums were straight garbage….that nigga sold his soul to sell 3mil records!! you don’t see Jay’z, 50, eminem, T.I. etc…on everybodies shit and they still selling over 1 million copies; why? because they put out quality shit….

    AND FUCK WAYNE!! how the fuck you gone perform the song “I JUST WANNA FUCK EVERY GIRL IN THE WORLD” at the BET AWARDS with your pre-teen daughter and her friends on stage dancing…..and then it wasn’t edited. They were talkin bout, “Bust the pussy open” and everything……I got no respect for that nigga…

  • bb0istance

    when he mentions that its a different year differet climate 50 disagrees and doesnt give credit for his statement about wayne selling a million…we all know, he knows that that was something tremendous to accomplish, especially these days, also when asked about drakes buzz he gives no credit either but instead reveals of a possibility of a label financing him. wether or not a label is financing him, that gives no discredit to buzz or musical ability. 50 did not get big off 2 mixtapes like drake did, he got big because he dissed everyone and theyre mama and the biggest artist at that time. drake can spit, he can write hooks, and he makes good songs with lyrical content if needed. but u can take away from someones accomplishments. 50 did what any artist that big with that kind of buzz would do in that time, sell records period. i just disagree with his rebuttles, thats all. nothing taken away from 50 but he seems a bit bitter and jealous because hes not the new kid on the block anymore

    • LuciFa

      first of all 50′s mixtapes actually sold more then half the niggas putting out mixtapes and tryna sell them his buzz did come from his mixtapes dumazz datz how he got signed to columbia den he dissed evrybody to sell records dumazzz learn ur shit before u start talking and to evrybody else here lil wayne is fuking trash and dont make no sence but since niggas only wanna follow other niggas they listen to lil wayne ya bunch of homo azz niggas wit no fuking brains now i aint defending fifty in no way but to whoeva like lil wayne ya crackheads p.s Slaughterhouse best rap group eva fuk young money

  • q.b.

    fif should leave the mic alone,,can you believe this clown is a few albums deep and still rapping about shooting and robbing people?? get some content show some growth or just go sell vitaman water

    • Texxxas

      He already sold the vitamin water dip shit! Coca cola bought it for millions what the fuck!

  • http://DETROITRAP.COM JASON T

    50 is bringing the heat no doudt after hearin his new free mixtape that shit is hot pure fire and this bisd aint no joke cant wait!

  • Yung Von

    Yea wayne is a pertifile fo bringin dem 5 years old out on stage but he is da best from da block is hot to da carter 3 an if 50 is da shit den wayne is sewer rich niggas lol wayne own line on we be steady mobbin 50 is a str8 never great but okay an he is bout number 100 out of 98 plus u can barley understand dat man lol

  • www.myspace.com/thekillaroach

    So once again we get into the debate on the #1 rapper. Be real everyone we know there is no #1 rapper. U cant compare the best in the game to the another best in the game. 50 is 50 Eminem is Eminem Chamillionaire is Chamillionaire Red & Meth are Red & Meth and so on it goes on forever man. They are all the best at what they do cant nobody do 50 Eminem or none of the rappers like they do themselves ya know. Rap has been getting soft for a long time now and its time to bring it back to being hard. Em came back is album is sick y’all know it just like the old Em. 50s war angel LP shows he tryin to get back to the get rich or die tryin dies but come on he cant duplicate what he did when he first came out. thats like tellin michael jackson (rest in peace) to top THRILLER. you cant top ur best album ever thats why it is ur best. all u can do is move on and bring somethin different but still hard. sales really dont mean shit everyone like OMG the carter 3 sold 2.5 mill damn thats good… thats lil waynes 6 album or whatever lil bow wow sold 3 mill with his first album being a fuckin kid and come on we all know wayne is garbage as a rapper but people heard so much of wayne that they just accepted the fact he must be hot when he aint. if u say u a rapper then u wanna do an album that aint rap to me fa real you aint shit. 50 is talkin the truth in this video he will back on top again when his new album when it drops people will love him again. look at dre people been waitin on detox forever cause they all know when it drops it will fuckin hot 50 makes hot records and always will.

    • Suspence

      Your an idiot…that’s like saying Albert Pujols isn’t better than Jason Giambi because Pujols is Pujols and Giambi is Giambi.

      STFU

      Cham & Em are clearly better than 50. Maybe if he kept rapping his Power of the Dollar/Get Rich…then we would have a debate.

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  • escobar9300

    Fif is a monster when he’s rapping hungry. The problem is, with his most recent album, everybody could tell Fif had become complacent, comfortable, some might say he was in a rut. Personally, I think dude has the tools to drop another classic, but what he needs to do is get his mindstate back to that Power Of a Dollar and GRODT hustle again. You get 50 back on that Power of a Dollar ish, the dude is unstoppable.

  • http://XXLMAG.COM KUSHBLUNTS

    GET OFF HIS DICK WAYNES MIXTAPES IS SHITTING ON HIS MAN LETS BE SERIOUS WE BE STEADY MOBBING IS COLDER THAN ANY 50 PUT COMBINED PLUS HIS OTHER NEW SONGS WANYE IS ON TOP RIGHT NOW

    TO BE HONEST

    DRAKE AND THA JOKER IS COLDER THAN 50 2 MAYBE EVEN ME U BITCHES

  • Teddy

    haha man 50 bitter and shit number 1 my ass fuck off man dudes so delusional its not funny he has no idea what his doing anywhere confused 50 still doin hater interviews and not putting out any music holding on to his past very very tight man those were days when albums sold less downloading if wayne dropped then his album prob would have done the same if not more numbers think about it him pushin 1 mill in this climate 50 couldnt even do that in this climate so you cant even compare it with sales dudes so dumb he was the one sayin u cant compare his buzz with drake cos of time difference and what not then he goes compares his sales with waynes not taking into account time difference and change in climate

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

    shut the fuck up!!

  • ImaculatePrince

    Fif number 1????

    This nigga fell off a long time ago.I’m from Harlem and from 02-05 niggas in the hood loved that nigga.After THE MASSACRE i noticed half the hood stopped feelin him.After CURTIS the whole hood stopped feelin him.

    50 got all the money in the world but musicaly he fell off and his time has come to an end..just like JA,X and all the other niggas b4 him who were killin it..WAR ANGELS aight but he shudda dropped it in 06..he’s damn near irrelevant these days..SORRY

    • Afi K. James

      He knows that his time is up, he’s been a disaster in the industry from the start, created more bad hip-hop than any other rapper since MC Hammer.

  • Yeee

    Get Rich or Die trying was good. That’s about it…

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  • CLJ

    a person can have 20 albums out and only sell 3 good ones that go over platinum….. and 50 only have 3 and they all went over platinum and now he is on his 4th….. it’s all about the quality not how many you put out….. and when you put out good quality albums….. you can tour on that one CD a long time….. he don’t have to come out as fast….. like Alicia Keys she only has 3 or 4 albums out and she’s ben out since 00′ 01′ it’s like she did a lot because she has good quality…..

  • http://www.xxlmag.com TJ

    People would probably still appreciate 50′s music if he wasn’t so preoccupied with record sales. Em’s doing his numbers but you don’t hear him talk about record sales in every interview.

  • beezyb

    man something 50 has to realise is that if get rich or die tryin came out in 2009, he wouldnt have those 12 million sales.. this is the digital era… or i could even say, if itunes n limewires n whatever didnt exist, tha carter III would have sold shit loads more… its all about timing… and when it comes to sales or being o top, 50 aint shit.. MJ still holds that record…. and if anyone could pick a top 5 mcs of all time, im sure eminem would be in there over 50… relapse is fkn crazy just like all his other projects! times change and so do styles. right now lil wayne is hot, hes dominating an era where kids are born with ipods in there hands!! 7 yr olds have mobile phones with mp3 tones. and when your a youngin n you got mp3 tones you want what your older bro or sister is cranking and no doubt theyll be cranking weezy… me personally.. i bought tha carter III and luv it… but i prefer bangin that westcoast rap like ya boy n jay rock and got much luv for the work the game does… id luv it if in australia we got to hear ya boy n them other westcoast cats on our radios.. the only thing w get close to gangsta is flo rida.. and that cat aint even gangsta!!!

  • Suspence

    I like Lil Wayne but like he said he really is vastly overrated. On the other hand I don’t see 50 coming back. He said all I gotta do is drop a single and ppl will be all over me. Well u dropped 4 singles for Curtis & 2 for ur new one and no one cares cuz ur shit is basic now.

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