OK, this is getting ridiculous. Stop it. Just stop it. There isn’t a Kanye West vs. 50 Cent feud. They aren’t in the same lane of music, and they aren’t dropping on the same release date again. Still, people want to say that the fourth quarter is part two of the Kanye vs. 50 showdown just because each artist has an album coming out in that time period.
“If you’d like it to be,” 50 told us last week with a grin. “There’s no comparisons in us as artists. It’s the yin and the yang. It’s almost the opposite. It was almost taboo in hip-hop for you to make a love record. That was reserved for LL Cool J: ‘I Need Love’ and ‘Luv U Better.’ He was the only hip-hop artist that’s actually done that, prior to what I see [now] with Kanye. For him to make an entire love album, it’s pretty much based on … love and Auto-Tunes: 808s & Heartbreak. I can’t wait to see what this does.
“I’m sorry, this is incredible,” 50 continued with a chuckle. “I can’t wait to see how the public responds to this. My fans are real critical to me. I’ve raised the bar in a lot of ways. They don’t allow anything less than what could be considered hands down the best material from me. If I release ‘Straight to the Bank’ or ‘Amusement Park,’ they’ll give me resistance until I deliver ‘I Get Money.’ ”
50’s Before I Self Destruct checks in December 9, while Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak drops November 25. Elsewhere, Lloyd Banks drops his next mixtape, Halloween Havoc, on October 31.