Today marks the 10th anniversary of the album that kicked 50 Cent’s ass; Kanye West’s ‘Graduation.’
Back in 2007, Kanye changed the release date for his third studio album Graduation from September 18, 2007, to the same release date as 50’s ‘Curtis,’ with September 11, 2007. The G-Unit general claimed that if Graduation sold more records than Curtis, he would stop releasing solo albums.
Moreover, Graduation, the last in Ye’s education-themed trilogy — absolutely clobbered 50’s third opus, Curtis, in the battle for #1. The race wasn’t even a tight one: Graduation sold nearly 266,000 more copies than Curtis; week-one sales of West’s latest were clocked at nearly 957,000, while 50’s LP sold a bit more than 691,000 units.
As of 2017 Graduation is now 2x Platinum.