50 cent vs. Kanye West

By Mike Bieker
September 20, 2007

New York rapper 50 cent and the windy city’s rapper Kanye West did not have beef but had one of the most anticipated feuds of rap. Both rappers dropped their albums on the same day, Sept. 11. 50 cent stated that if Kanye West’s album “Graduation” sold more than his album “Curtis” that he would stop making solo projects and would only rap on featured tracks.

Kanye West and 50 Cent’s quarrel was seen on the cover of Rolling Stone and on MTV’s VMAs. 50 Cent towered over Kanye West as they presented a VMA award but Kanye West stole the show from 50 with his private “Good Life” concert.

Kanye West performed singles “The Good Life” featuring T-Pain and “Stronger” off his new album “Graduation” during the VMAs.

50 cent was on TRL the day of his album release bringing an album for everyone in the MTV crowd. 50 also told TRL about the process of making his CD and how he had no attachment to any of his songs, he just asked Eminem and if Em liked it then it went on the CD.

50’s past CDs after “Get Rich or Die Trying” have been more materialistic and commercially appealing to a broader fan base but it has been the same type of music over and over again. Kanye West on the other hand shows a more mature side with this CD. The rapper/producer had many guest appearances such as Lil Wayne and T-Pain and high energy melodies like “Stronger” to give people that Kanye West feel of music.

Two different Emcees, two different types of music, one similar release date and one outcome. 50 Cent explained to the LA times on how Def Jam manipulates West’s record sales with marketing tricks. Nonetheless Kanye West has sold more CDs than 50 Cent thus far in their first week.

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