On September 11th, 2007, even though many Americans were memorializing the planet Trade Center attack, hip-hop was watching for the outcomes of 50 Cents bold wager he would end his solo music career if Kanye Wests Graduation album outsold his Curtis released that same day. In this never-before-seen footage captured exclusively by SOHH.com, 50 Cent explains how he sees your competition with Kanye West and bets the home on himself.
Just days prior to the release of his highly anticipated album, Curtis, 50 Cent sat down with former SOHH.com journalist Carl Chery for an interview that could shift the span of his career. The Get Rich or Die Trying artist, who had already solidified his bonafides with massive hits from his albums and mixtapes, talked at length concerning the pending matchup between Curtis and Kanye Wests Graduation. Both albums were set to be released on a single day, September 11th, 2007,and anticipation was high.
Through the entire interview, the Queens-bred rapper spoke with the confidence of Muhammad Ali in his prime, calling focus on his successful background and the ones who wished to see him fail. Kanye, as 50 boldly explained, benefited from an underdog advantage with fans betting for him to overcome the favourite.50 cited his sales record and called the Roc-a-Fella junior safe when explaining why Kanye collected all of the trophies and awards. And he sat up in his chair, looked straight into SOHHs camera, and declared, If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11th, Ill no more write music.
Following the groundbreaking SOHH interview, 50 Cent took his wager on the highway, working the media circuit to create anticipation for the matchup. The press and fans loved the David vs Goliath style competition and both artists fully embraced it, shooting an iconic face-off cover for Rolling Stone and throwing friendly darts in TV interviews.
The others is history. Watch below.