Kanye Happy About Buzz Over Pending 50 Cent Album Chart Battle

spoke with MTV News about the hype surrounding the September 11th releases of his album ‘Graduation’ and ’s ‘Curtis’, which he says is bringing out the best in the hip hop heavyweights. “I think we push each other,” Kanye said backstage at the V Festival in Stafford, England, on Saturday. “I feel I wouldn’t have some of the tracks on my album if it wasn’t for 50, and he wouldn’t have some of the things he had if he wasn’t up against me. In the last couple of years, people have been putting out albums aimlessly. Nas used to talk about Biggie and Jay and Wu-Tang going up against each other, but now it’s like there hasn’t been that competition in rap. In New York, [West’s] ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ is the #2 song [on the radio], and [50’s] ‘I Get Money’ is the #1 song. They’re neck-and-neck, so it’s exciting to people.” Read more.

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