By Gregory Kirschling
Updated August 10, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

New developments today in the hip-hop showdown of the century, currently scheduled for September 11, when both 50 Cent and Kanye West release their new albums. In an interview with, Fiddy says he’s ready to bet his whole career that his new album, Curtis, outsells the Louis Vuitton Don’s Graduation.

“Put it like this,” 50 said, gearing up to refer to himself in the third person. “Let’s raise the stakes. If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I’ll no longer write music. I’ll write music and work with my other artists, but I won’t put out any more solo albums.”

Let’s see: 50 sold 1.14 million copies of The Massacre in its first four days of release back in 2005. Later that year, Kanye’s Late Registration moved 860,000 units in its opening week. According to historical precedent, 50’s solo career looks safe. But two years later, is 50 at the height of his powers? This could get interesting (assuming, of course, that 50 Cent really would quit if he got shamed on 9/11/07). And what if Kenny Chesney’s new album, also opening on September 11, outsells both 50 and Kanye? Will you buy 50’s album just to keep him in the game, or Kanye’s album instead, just to get him out?