10 Years Ago Today: Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ vs. 50 Cent’s ‘Curtis’


September 11th, 2017 by
Kanye West and 50 Cent appear on BET's '106 & Park' at BET Studios Sept. 11, 2007, in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)

10 Years Ago Today: Kanye West’s ‘Graduation’ vs. 50 Cent’s ‘Curtis.’

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.

Kanye West and 50 Cent appear on BET's '106 & Park' at BET Studios Sept. 11, 2007, in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Kanye West and 50 Cent appear on BET’s ‘106 & Park’ at BET Studios Sept. 11, 2007, in New York City. (Brad Barket/Getty Images)

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.

Kanye West and 50 Cent face off at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on Sept. 9, 2007, in Las Vegas. (Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
Kanye West and 50 Cent face off at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Casino Resort on Sept. 9, 2007, in Las Vegas. (Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

As of 2017 Graduation is now 2x Platinum.

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