Fo' Shizzle: Rap Stars Face Off on Charts, TV

Kanye West, 50 Cent releasing albums on the same day
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2007 4:20 AM CDT
Hip-hop mogul Kanye West performs at a benefit concert at the House of Blues in Chicago on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kanye West and 50 Cent are set for a showdown Tuesday when both of their new albums hit the market. In addition to facing off on the charts, the rap stars will meet on BET-TV's "106 & Park." The two have been trading trash-talk for weeks, with 50 even threatening to retire if Kanye outsells him in the first week.

"I don't think it's a battle, I think it's a lot of fun," said a BET executive, who believes the feud is a bit of a ploy. "I think Kanye will tell you he moved his date to 50's date to draw this type of attention." The albums will be the third for both men. Kanye's is called "Graduation," and 50's is "Curtis."