Kanye West reveals REAL reason for same release date as 50 Cent

And 'Fiddy' says West 'doesn't stand a chance'

50 Cent and Kanye West have appeared on US television together to hype the release of their respective albums ‘Curtis’ and ‘Graduation’, both of which came out today (September 11).

‘Fiddy’ has said he will retire from making music if West’s album outsells his this week. West has admitted he deliberately shifted his album release date to compete with 50’s disc.

After a coin-toss from the producers of 106 & Park: ‘BET’s Top 10 Live’, 50 Cent was awarded the opening slot on the show, during which he performed his single ‘Ayo Technology’ and in an interview on the show told presenters that “Kanye West doesn’t stand a chance” and said “I feel like I might be releasing another album this year”.

When asked about West moving the release of ‘Graduation’ to directly compete with ‘Curtis’, 50 said he was initially hesitant.

“To be honest I didn’t think it was a good idea at first,” he said. “But it’s not actual beef, it’s just being competitive as far as hip hop is concerned.”

West pulled out the stops for his performance when he introduced Jay-Z to the stage during the song ‘Big Brother’, and following the performance, West explained how the albums really came to be released on the same day.

“The way it happened is, the artwork was taking a long time and we had to move the date back for the artwork alone,” he explained. “And I said ‘Let’s just do 9/11’ and they said ‘50’s got that date’ and I said ‘Okay let’s go’.”

The pair were then interviewed together during which 50 Cent said he felt maybe public support was not in his favour to win the battle.

He explained: “I feel like I’m Mohammad Ali right now. Everybody wants to watch the fight, but they don’t necessarily want me to win because I won so big in front of them in a such a short period of time.”

Meanwhile, West talked up his release saying

“My album is the pinnacle of what music is at that time,” he said. “It’s clearly the best album that you can buy. People understand I brand quality music.”

–By our New York staff.

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