On this day, 15 years ago, 50 Cent’s curtis against Kanye West Graduation in a hip-hop battle for the ages.
Graduation ended up selling more curtis, 957,000 to 691,000, scoring a huge personal victory for Mr. West. But that should also have marked the end of the solo career of the 1950s, if he was a man of his word.
SOHH has released never-before-seen footage of an interview with 50 Cent taken before the showdown with their album release where he vowed to never release another solo project if Kanye moved more units than him. “I don’t get trophies, I get checks. He [Kanye] gets the trophies,” 50 said at 2:12 of the video above.
50 Cent has a Grammy, compared to Kanye’s 24 trophies.
“They would like to see Kanye West give me a problem because I myself worked in a space where I became the frontrunner,” 50 Cent continued. “Everyone supports the underdog when they face the favorite, but let’s raise the stakes. If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on 9/11, I won’t write any more music.
50 Cent later clarified that his bet only impacted his own career, not artists in his own camp. “I won’t be releasing any more solo albums,” he explained.
50 released two more solo albums after losing their bet: 2009 Before I self-destruct and 2014 animal ambition.
The pair interacted on social media over the weekend when Kanye reached out to 50 Cent after reacting to an alleged fake post about Kim Kardashian’s diarrhea issue.