Published Aug 07, 2007September 11 sees the release of many anticipated new albums, but none more awaited than the third albums by 50 Cent and Kanye West. So exciting is this hip-hop showdown to see who can sell the most, that BET is planning to get the two megastars into its studio for a head-to-head debate.
According to AllHipHop.com, the U.S. cable network is looking to host a friendly debate between Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and West to see who has the better album. (Umm... no, too easy.)
Jackson appeared on BET's 106 & Park on Friday (August 3), where he was offered the chance to debate his "rival," who just recently moved up the release date of his Graduation from September 18 to September 11, the date 50's Curtis has held as its date since his label finally decided it was worthy of release (you see, apparently it's not very good).
On the show, 50 Cent accepted the challenge, adding, "Kanye, he's not going to want to show up. Just don't be asking me if I am a conscious rapper. I know exactly what I am saying - so I am conscious." It's true. He is indeed conscious in his new single "Ayo Techonlogy (She Wants It)" that the lapdancer indeed does crave his, y'know, soft touch. How poignant.
If history is anything to go by 50 Cent has the edge. His last album, 2005's The Massacre sold more than one million copies in its first week, while West's Late Registration managed to shift only a paltry 860,000 units.
However, if quality is anything to go by than West has the ball in his court, having numerous awards, glowing reviews and credibility to flaunt. Graduation's first two singles, the Daft Punk-assisted "Stronger" and "Can't Tell Me Nothing" have already received overwhelmingly positive reactions. On the other hand, Curtis has already had its release date switched a handful of times, due to poor audience response, so Fiddy would be almost certain to lose this battle.
And if gambling is anything to go by, which it always is, gambling site Bodog.com has already began taking bets on which will be the victor after the first week of release. Currently Fiddy's Curtis is in front 180 to 140 to top the Billboard 200 chart.
50 Cent feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland "Ayo Technology (She Wants It)"
Kanye West & Daft Punk "Stronger"