50 Cent just might be the rap game’s greatest troll. His skills at calling out other rappers and hating on fellow emcees has made him one of the most the most notorious trolls to grace the microphone. In a recent appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the New York was asked who he feels is the most overrated rapper in Hip-Hop as part of the infamous “Plead the Fifth” game. With minimal hesitation and the smoothest of hater-ease, replied Jay-Z was the most overrated.
Among claiming that Jay-Z is overrated, Chelsea Handler is a gator in the sack, getting yelled at by Beyoncé is not all that bad, and that he never had sexual relations with Kim Kardashian, 50 Cent’s honesty is an interesting take on his fellow emcee. Considering that Jay has been in the scene for over 20 years with a slew of number one hits and records, calling him overrated just seems more of a jab at the rapper’s career than an actual fact. So if Jay is overrated, then what does that make 50 Cent?
Although Jay-Z has not been shelving out some of the greatest music in the past couple years, his longevity in the rap game is proof that he is meant to grace the microphone. For those that could argue otherwise can compare the facts of the two artists’ discography.
Jay-Z found mainstream success in music with his first full-length project with Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The debut album spawned four hits (Dead Presidents, Ain’t No N—a, Can’t Knock the Hustle, and Feelin’ It). It later became certified platinum in the span of a year and cemented Jay’s standing in Hip-Hop amidst the rise of a growing culture. Jay’s follow-up’s In My Lifetime…Volume 1, Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life, and Vol. 3…Life and Times of S. Carter reached the top of the Billboard US charts and went multi-platinum. Each work brought rap to the forefront of popular media and global charts. Since the arrival of Jay in Hip-Hop, he has dropped over 11 projects that have all gone platinum and delivered multiple quotable hits that have plagued the hip-hop and pop charts, Grammy’s, awards and world tours. Nothing about the achievements in his career could make 50 Cent say that Jay-Z’s work was overrated.
In 50 Cent’s corner, the list of accolades are not as diverse not extensive. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson became recognizable in the game for his early career mixtapes and rap beef with the popular rapper Ja Rule. Claiming that the two grew up together, 50 Cent dedicated one of his first singles Wanksta to the façade Ja Rule was putting out. This notorious beef and hyper-masculine rhymes gained 50 Cent recognition from the hip-hop community and a deal from Shady Aftermath Records. Back by Eminem and Dr. Dre, 50 Cent’s debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ quickly became one of the greatest projects to drop in 2003. Going six-times platinum and spawning a slew of chart-topping hits, Curtis quickly became an instant rap star. His sophomore The Massacre performed well but did not reach the same status as the debut. With each follow-up, the chart appearance and sales quickly declined and the rap beefs grew. His mouth and notorious rap beefs became more interesting than his music. 50 Cent’s latest project Animal Ambition only sold close to 64,000 in its first week and reached number four on the Billboard charts.
Although Jay-Z’s latest work is arguably on the more “cookie-cutter” and generic side of Hip-Hop, his discography speaks for itself. All in all, 50 Cent may have not meant to start any type of beef or slander Jay-Z’s name by saying that he is the most ‘overrated’ but 50’s rap career and sales haven’t reached the same level of success since his debut while Jay-Z continues to trump.
By Tyler Cole