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Kanye West Vs. 50 Cent -- Rolling Stone

Kanye West Vs. 50 Cent -- Rolling Stone

Kanye West and 50 Cent are battling it out on Rolling Stone’s next cover. The big showdown happens in less than a week when their albums drop on the same date, September 11th. Here’s an excerpt of “Who Will Be The King Of Hip-Hop?”:

“My first album was the highest-selling LP of 2003,” 50 Cent says, pointing to the fact that 2003′s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ moved more than 800,000 copies in the four days after it dropped. He goes on to note that his follow-up, The Massacre, was the second-highest-selling album of 2005. “That album sold something like 1.14 million in four days. Jay-Z‘s last album sold something like 1.6 total. Kanye works for Jay-Z. Kanye is a worker bee. He’s never been able to generate a fraction of the interest that I have.”

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  • [~Famous~]

    Kanye verse a guerrilla.

  • Kelly

    What a couple of stuck up jerks.

  • JustAsking

    I am going 50 all the way. Kanye sucks with his braty ass.

  • Fabby

    KANYE KANYE KANYE!!!

  • Regina

    Kanye gets my vote. I don’t even like rap but he manages to make me like him. There’s something about him.

  • http://www.ilsvont.com ils vont…

    I don’t think there is any competition. Sure selling albums is important but is surely doesn’t determine who has the better album. 50′s albums are all lame, simple shit that exist in a whole different category than Kanye’s albums, which are unique, influential and important. 50 is a gimmick. Sell all you want 50 your shit still stinks.

    http://www.ilsvont.com

  • http://blacktennispros.blogspot.com http://blacktennispros.blogspot.com

    I sick of both of them.

  • dancingqueen

    Hey everybody…let’s all just buy the Kenny Chesney CD. That will show these two idiots, especially 50. I for one hate country music, but I’ll buy two or three Chesney CD’s to shut them up forever.

  • ass

    50 all the way. Kanye is an annoying Jesus freak

  • ughly

    Kanye is better-looking that’s for sure but both could be thugs in those photos. I only liked one or two of 50 Cents’s songs – the one about the birthday in the club (I don’t know the name of it-ha). The music & beat is too fantastic. I’m not into rap music, but that song is a classic and great dance music.

    Then again, Kanye did the one about the gold digger and it was great and had a good beat too. I also like the one about Jesus. He performed it on one of those award shows one year and it was classic.

    Both should watch their mouths though. Bring it down a few notches and act like the successful gentlemen they can be. Stop the anger and making statements like they know so much. They are arrogant. They act like the world owes them something. They should be more grateful and they will be around for a long time.

  • Stephanie Schneider

    They’re both ghetto trash.

  • jy

    Yeah! Kenny Chesney all the way! :D

  • Scooby Doo

    As long as this “feud” is friendly and strictly for entertainment, I’m OK with it but let’s not forget what went down with Tupac and Biggie…

  • lolia

    GO KANYE!! GO KANYE!! I LOVE HIM!!

    STRONGER RULS!!

  • nona

    how lame.

  • Tallchic

    Who really cares? They are both ghetto thugs! It just goes to show….you don’t need talent to sing this crap they call Rap. I’m with JY, Go Kenny Chesney! Woo Hoo!

  • Kristina

    Um Stephanie, you do realize Kanye grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and Japan for some time. Ghetto? You sure about that? I’m not even a Kanye fan but that’s the wrong category you’re stuffing him in or are you just basing it on the fact that he’s a rapper?

  • [~Famous~]

    I don’t think anyone on this site knows anything about hip hop, its completely over their heads. This site caters more to redneck country western fans. lol

  • Rachel

    50 looks like Mike Tyson!

  • ???

    White people always label tough looking black people as “thugs” and stuff them into the “ghetto” category.

    Kanye is probably smarter than Tallchic and Stephanie combined. And them some.

  • tzy

    fiddy all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Naima

    To “UGHLY” why would you say that they look like thugs, I don’t get it, there is nothing thuggish about these photos. And your comments are baltently ignorant, you have no clue what you’re talking about.

    To “TALLCHICK” I suppose the trailer park you come from isn’t considered ghetto right. Opps that’s right only people of colour can be ghetto while white fucks like you live in your trailers and screw your uncles & cousins!!!

    Wow Jared never realized what kind of a racist, white trash following your site has, pretty sad indeed. Guess I will be visiting this site a lot less or maybe you should limit your posts to only white celebrities or “non-ghetto/thuggish” entertainers.

  • mickey

    Lame and lamer.

  • mel

    Geez, trying to generate interest the both of them by these lame feuds?? I don’t need to buy I can get them both for free from the web as a matter of fact I already got them. I only like 1 song from each, so there.

  • yara

    who cares about ugly Foddy??

  • bab2010

    I like 50 and Kanye, but what does Mr. West has that 50 does not? Grammys! Have y’all ever seen 50 winning a Grammy? Anyone? Bueller? I don’t think so!

    50′s a sore loser, beefing with other rappers/singers (Diddy, Jay-Z, Fat Joe, Nas, Jadakiss, Ja Rule, The Game, R. Kelly, Shyne) like he has a chip on his shoulder. If 50 keeps on beefing with anybody in the business, his bite will come back much harder than his bark.

    Kanye got more street cred than the G-Unit general does. He speaks his mind (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people”), swagger, and had his own music label, G.O.O.D. — Getting Out Our Dreams — with John Legend and Common at his side. This is why Mr. West is hot.

    I’d like to get both of their albums — plain and simple! And as far as Kenny Chesney goes, I don’t like country music, but he doesn’t need controversy to sell records.

  • andrea

    lol thats a great idea buy the kenny chesney cd, i don’t even know any of his songs, but Im sure if kenny is #1 they will both shut up :-D…omg kenny killed off those ignorant rap guys!

  • magnus

    Who?ever wins, we lose.

  • [marie]

    Umm… 50 cent? I’ll give you a dollar to shut the f uck up. Kanye all the way baby =)

  • http://friendsorenemies.com dezDecay

    wow okay…yeah there are some ignorant ass ppl on here…to number 16 up there…nobody gives a damn about kenny chesney..and yea 50 cent might be a thug but kanye west isn’t gangsta rap…and yea…..Kanye west…GRAMMY…50 cent…NOTHIN!

  • lalala

    I vote 4 kanye west..50 has problems…Kanye West All the wayyyyyyy =]

  • BBperfume

    50 has got my attention more as an artist! He’s the last of the new era of rappers with cred, and then hiphop went dead..TI is tryin to keep up, but doesn’t do anything for me..

    I think the only song that got me looking at Kanye was Godlddigger.
    But Fiddy got more hits than him. And Kanye got lucky winning grammy’s in a year when the competition was low, and Fiddy had no new hits.
    50 has got the most Grammy nominations and awards, anyways!
    Go 50, it’s your birthday!

  • Souhila

    I like 50 cent songs, but Kanye West is so much more talented … just to compare them on a stage , they have nothing in common … Kanye is way more generous and energic !

  • http://friendsorenemies.com dezDecay

    wow okay…yeah there are some ignorant ass ppl on here…to number 16 up there…nobody gives a damn about kenny chesney..and yea 50 cent might be a thug but kanye west isn’t gangsta rap…and yea…..Kanye west…GRAMMY…50 cent. Zero

  • Perhaps_F_Off_Mite_B2_Kind

    They’re both shit. It amazes me how people can call the noises they make with phrases of profanities, sex, and violence, “music”. They tell kids to stay in school, don’t do drugs, and neglect any violent acts, but the songs that they’re making are projecting exactly the opposite of those things. They are a disgrace in music, and neither of them deserves to be on the cover of the same magazine that real legends such as John Lennon, Bob Dylan, U2, The Rolling Stones, and Jim Morrison appeared on.

  • esmeralda

    team jay-z neither kanye nor 50cent.i think that it’s stupid to be in competion after what happened between 2pac and notorious looke now after all jay-z diddy and snoop dog and nas are reunited for the best of the hip hop.so 50 cent stop acting like a baby and grow up…………anyway if i should choose i’ll say kanye because 50 cent started the war…

  • Nana

    Team Kanye all the way babyy

  • alia

    is it just me or does 50 look like a monkey..lol

    KANYE’S STRONGER…BETTER…FASTER…

  • Sisi

    WOW these two seriously just need to whipe them out,so we can see who has a bigger one,and stop the nonsense!!!!

    But ya i go Kanye all the way,he actually has soemthing to say,and the quality of his music is not about pussys and tits!

  • jessica

    kanye, his music actually means something. all 50 raps about is getting money, cars, etc. kanye’s music will stand the test of time longer than 50′s.

  • prison break fanatic

    ithink kanye is musically and lyrically talented and when he talks about women its not misogynistic and he talks about different issues facing society. however his ego does bother me. hes great but not gods gift to the wrold. i like fiddys beats but thats about it. all he talks about is how much money hes got and has nothing else to offer. when kanye performs he gives great energy and includes the audience by himself. but fiddy needs someone else on stage with him and only mumbles is sucky lyrics.he may have sold more records than kanye. but he wont be remebered as one of the greats. hes oart of the reason why hip hop is dead.

  • Menna

    They’re hella ugly and neither of them are king of hip-hop. T.I.P!!!

  • Joan

    I hope this childish nonesense doeesn’t lead to one of these young men being killed.

    I don’t understand why this kind of braggging/taunting is necessary to promote your product.

    If it’s good, the public will buy it period.

    Shut up and just use the talents you have for good causes.

  • …..

    I honestly don’t know who I hate more.
    Kanye Vs Fitty

    Kanye is a whiny little bitch who can’t bare the idea of not winning the award he is up for. Also, he seems to think he is Jesus.
    Fifty has beefs with EVERYONE.
    They both think they are God’s gift, and they are complete douchebags who annoy the crap out of me!

    It’s a tie! I hate them both.

    Although, talent wise, Kanye kicks Fitty’s ass.

  • ughly

    What I hate most about rap is the topics of the songs. The most popular rap artists sing stupid songs. They sing about shooting someone or brag about their sexual prowess. The sex songs are totally vulgar and show no respect for women. I hate it. Some of the music is good, but the majority of it sounds like cr@p. The photos above look menacing, like they are mad and ready to attack somebody. Should’ve done full-body photos with the men dressed up like GQ models and facing AWAY from each other. Woulda been better.

  • Rae

    KENNY CHESNEY!!! Seriously people, Chesney’s going to win as the country music industry is massive. The other 2 egos have to share the rap industry. Buy Chesney!! You’ll feel better.

  • cbenji

    it’s not a real feud.

    it’s just a ploy by the record label to get you to buy their cds.
    doesn’t matter who sells more records, they both win because they know their fans will buy twice as many cds because of the so called “feud”
    so they both win on 9/11 and the only losers are the idiots who run out and buy their cd’s thinking it will save their favorite rapper from leaving the industry.

    duh! i can’t believe none of you see that.

    neither one of them are leaving the rap game over this. just lining their pockets with your money.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    16 Tallchic : 09/05/2007 at 2:15 pm

    Who really cares? They are both ghetto thugs!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Really? You think so huh? Kanye’s father was Ray West, a former Black Panther who was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Kanye’s mother, Dr. Donda West, worked as the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University before retiring to serve as Kanye’s manager. He was raised in an upper middle class background, attending Polaris High School[6] in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois.[7]

    After attending The American Academy of Art, a Chicago art school, West attended Chicago State University

    If that is ghetto thugness, then where do I sign up?

    Check your facts before you speak dumb ass.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    35 Perhaps_F_Off_Mite_B2_Kind : 09/05/2007 at 4:03 pm

    They are a disgrace in music, and neither of them deserves to be on the cover of the same magazine that real legends such as John Lennon, Bob Dylan, U2, The Rolling Stones, and Jim Morrison appeared on.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    You forgot others who made the cover: Britney Spears (herfirst cover before her album even came out), Jenny McCarthy…

    oh yeah, real contributors to music.

  • http://GPost Team Lara Croft

    Funny, rap artists are for the most part young kids who grew up in tough neighborhoods who decided the way to get out was to take a pen and paper and write words that rhyme. Whatever those words are, I think it is pretty amazing that you can look around your tough neighborhood and tell yourself, the way I am getting out is to write.

    They are first and foremost writers. Jay-Z said when he was a drug dealer on the street, he used to walk around with a pen and write lyurics on a brown paper bag.

    Now he is a mogul.

    I say they have a strength, courage and resolve most people have not figured out how to get.

    All of you critics, go ahead and write some words on a piece of paper instead of hating on people who have figured out a way to get out of their circumstance.

    Kudos. It beats being on the street. I applaud them.