50 Cent Reveals "Animal Ambition" Record Sales Expectations

50 Cent says Troy Ave sounds "so much" like him, details KRS-One's influence and explains his record label plans.

With his Animal Ambition set for release next week, 50 Cent stopped by The Breakfast Club yesterday for a final leg of promotion.

Speaking with the Power 105.1 show, 50 detailed his plans for his independent label following his next two albums.

“I’m getting ready to concentrate—following the release of Street King Immortal—I’ll just be focusing on bringing new artists in so I can work on their music behind the scenes,” he said. “I want to build something that’s special. I think I can actually turn my company into a major record company.”

Asked if the major label prototype is outdated in the current landscape, 50 alluded that despite some changes, it’s still a viable business model.

“It’s not the same return, but it’ll be major record company influence,” he said. “We all would just have a major record company as far as them utilizing the influence to create what Beats is. So you make $3 billion. What they did was take the resources and energy that was connected to Interscope Records and they just put it behind the brand. It grew. When did Beats start?”

50 Cent Says Troy Ave Sounds "So Much" Like Him

Describing his view of Troy Ave, 50 Cent hinted that he turned down signing the rapper after feeling like his style was too similar to his own.

“He’s so new,” he said. “Every time I hear a record I hear part of my old stuff. It’s obvious I’m a huge influence on actual his career...My problem with it when I heard it was so much me. It’s gon’ take time for him to turn into Troy. I have an influence too, I listen to music. It was so important that you had your own style, that I didn’t follow anything that was there. I listened, I appreciated different things from different artists. Like KRS was one of my favorites in the beginning. The aggression in ‘Bridge Is Over,’ you see where that falls into some of the content and material that I created. But, it doesn’t sound like KRS-One. It’s still 50 Cent being 50 Cent.

“When you get past that little hurdle," he added. "I know in his mind it’s having a New York sound. It’s cool. I’ve seen guys come and be like Biggie Smalls. Guerilla Black. Guerilla Black was one of the one’s that I looked at and I was like, ‘Yo, maybe he sounds like that ‘cause even when talks he sounds like Biggie to me at different points.’ With Shyne, he was doing that voice. ‘Cause he’s not big. You would get that from Guerilla Black and from B.I.G. just from being bigger guys. There was a few Jay Zs that came through. Guys that rapped just like Jay Z.”

50 Cent Discusses Sales Projections For Animal Ambition

During the interview, 50 also spoke about his sales expectations for Animal Ambition, which is available as a stream on HipHopDX now

"I can't do good," he said. "In my head, what good is because of the success I've had in the past, that's so much lower. I've done so much that having the music that makes people enjoy themselves, that actually means something at the moment is the goal. Like when you said, 'Do you care whether you sell the record or not?' I do care that it actually is within our culture. That it means something."

Responding to a comment about his pushing the place of record sales into the public arena, 50 explained feeling like his career's sales were unprecedented. 

"I was doing so much," he said. "It's all more than I thought. I didn't know that. You had to die, you gotta have a double CD, you gotta be Tupac and get killed to do ten million records. All Eyez On Me, that was the only time I ever saw it before. When it goes past ten to thirteen I was like, 'What?'"

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103 Comments

  • Anonymous

    What Curtis meant to say was 35k 1st week sales.

  • Anonymous

    Hahahha oh wow.. I SINCERELY hope that was a Fake number that dude put up on the internet.. because if not, that was the single Stupidest internet move I have seen so far This Year.. hahahha.. do you know how many Troll forums, boards.. and LULZ hackers can spam that to millions of people who want nothing more than to order pizzas to your house.. call day and night saying the most disrespectful shit you can imagine and use it to get other personal information on you... and the worst part is.. it's online.. all that "fist" talk is meaningless. not a thing u could do about it hahahha u better erase that if it's a legit number. You're a bitch ass punk.

    • HAHA

      Let all that anger out tough guy.. you seem like the type of dude that get so worked up you'd break your own phone in anger haha or punch a tree and break your hand.. ie an idiot. btw in reality I've probably fucked up more people in the last five years than you ever will in your whole life. but that's nothing to be proud of.. let that anger go young man before you encounter someone who is actually dangerous instead of cats who "think" they are through some misguided Street ideals.. because that is just a fast road to getting yourself killed.. I was trying to help by letting you know that.. But sure go ahead and keep posting personal information on the internet like cats won't turn your life into a huge joke for all to see.. haha.. good luck with that.

    • Anonymous

      cmon man i doubt anyone called it once

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  • Older Top guy

    Any slutty bottom bois here??? :)

  • Drake runs rap

    50 cent can only be relevent if he gets a drake feature. Lets face it drake revived eminems career when he featured him on forever. 50 better get on his grubby little hands and beg king drake for a feature. Drake runs this rap shit

    • Anonymous

      man fuck drake the jewish degrassi faggot hell you prob try to fuck drake

    • hahahaa

      Hahahha oh wow.. I SINCERELY hope that was a Fake number that dude put up on the internet.. because if not, that was the single Stupidest internet move I have seen so far This Year.. hahahha.. do you know how many Troll forums, boards.. and LULZ hackers can spam that to millions of people who want nothing more than to order pizzas to your house.. call day and night saying the most disrespectful shit you can imagine and use it to get other personal information on you... and the worst part is.. it's online.. all that "fist" talk is meaningless. not a thing u could do about it hahahha u better erase that if it's a legit number.

    • Anonymous

      None of that bullshit is true.

    • Drake runs rap

      You wanna act like a punk. My phone is 550-432-6455. Let's see some fists.

    • Anonymous

      I think you need a more productive hobby. For real.

  • BIG GUCCI THE RULER

    Big gucci is the only real nigga in rap and the only true gangster. Big gucci killed a man which is the ultimate achievment of a real nigga and a gangster. 50 is fake and big gucci went certified hood platinum in the streets.

    • snipez

      Thanks 4 the laff

    • Anonymous

      Stop feeding the troll your cum

    • city

      @stanucci just shut up you lil fanboy...ridin' Gucci's cock pretty hard

    • Stanucci

      Some internet thugs are trying to be hard but would you ever say so some bullshit in Gucci's face? No because Gucci will fuck up your face. Go listen to fake thugs like: Nas, Cube, Dre, Mobb Deep etc.

    • drake runs rap

      drake is more real than both these clowns

    • Anonymous

      get off Gucci's dick already! Gucci is a gay clown who is getting raped in prison right now. So what if Gucci killed someone it only makes him look good in your eyes and your screwed up mindset. you're weak and gay and so is Gucci fag.

  • Not Impressed

    I always hear his fans saying sales don't matter, but just like the interview states, he was the one who made sales important to hiphop fans in the first place. Before he started rubbing his high album sales numbers in other peoples faces and dissing others for not selling a lot, no one really cared about record sales. Hiphop is the only genre of music that has fans that care about how much their artists are selling...Ask any non hiphop music fan about soundscan or their favorite artists first week sales and they won't have a clue. We have Curtis to thank for doing this bullshit to hiphop. This is why his sales DO matter and it's imperative that he sells records. He talked way too much shit to other people to fail himself. For his sake I hope he can hit 20K at least, that way he can make the "I'm indie" excuse. If it's anything under that he will be judged pretty harshly, and rightfully so. But I some how get the feeling that his pride would make him buy his own albums before that happened. I'm not impressed

    • Anonymous

      "i sold what your whole album sold in my first week" jay-z that was back in 2000 the constant sales convo is because of 50 but sales have been brought up many times by the biggest sellers because they are able to brag about it 50s going to do 75-100k and while everyones going to say he flopped, theyre decent numbers

    • Anonymous

      Jay-z always talked about his money and sales. Men lie, women lie numbers don't lie.

    • Anonymous

      to say sales were NEVER important is ridiculous. go ask the record labels if sales are important. if it wasnt they wouldnt be spending so much to market and promote albums.

    • Not Impressed

      ^^^ Give me evidence that what I'm saying wrong. Hiphop sales were never important before Curtis, he even agreed with this if you watched the interview. None of the hiphop sites I used to visit reported first week sales back then, that was a post Curtis trend that started in the mid 2000's. This was not always a part of hip hop at all. A rapper might have said "I'm happy I went platinum" or something but sales weren't a big part of hip hop the way they are now. Even with the whole Forbes list thing, do you remember hearing rappers before the 50 Cent era ever talk about Forbes? 50 Cent made hip hop about money and sales, anyone who disagrees is a delusional dick rider. I'm not impressed

    • Anonymous

      "Before he started rubbing his high album sales numbers in other peoples faces and dissing others for not selling a lot, no one really cared about record sales. " This couldn't be further from the truth. LOL no one cared about record sales before 2003? You must be 12.

    • Anonymous

      Jay Z and countless others have rubbed their records sales in peoples faces. 50 just sold on a level that no artist not even himself could duplicate. He has the right to be proud of that, dudes like you were and are so jealous that all you can do is wish failure on him because he's done what none of those rappers you like so much could do. Over 30 million sold? Fuck being humble and kissing ass. 50 went from selling 9 million to barely going gold. Haters love that idea until you point out that he has effectively lost more fans than their favorite rapper has ever had! Who's really pathetic?

  • MBTM

    Fif been beat up, stabbed, shot up, sold out Prime and snitched on Chris and Irv. He has yet to have done anything to anybody outside of make diss tracks but he his the realist nigga out???? sorry but I can't buy that. I respect his hustle but the path he chose to get where he is deserves no respect. Yea he has a gazillion dollars and gained enough power to shut people out of the music industry. People should at least admit he got smashed on the streets. Again... who has he shot or stabbed???

    • snipez

      Yup. Every rapper and their granny was a coke dealer. Just like rick ross wasn't ever a cop. Pics or it didn't happen you retards.

    • Anonymous

      your mom and i got pictiures

    • Anonymous

      "He has yet to have done anything to anybody outside of make diss tracks but he his the realist nigga out???" I think Gunplay and his missing chain would strongly disagree with this statement.

    • @Fishazz nigga

      Nigga stfu 50 was a petty drug dealer just like the other low-level niggas Kenny had slangin. I bet you dont even know anybody from Queens lol. Faggot fishazz nigga.

    • Anonymous

      Fuck you Fish you act if you were there. 50 sold a little bit of crack so what. Preme had dzoen of teenagers who sold drugs for him

    • Anonymous

      WTF YOU TALKING BOUT MURDER INC STAN LOL 50'S STREET CRED IS WELL KNOWN EVEN HIS ENEMIES CONFIRM HIS GANGSTER NOT RAPPERS BUT STREET DUDES GO BACK TO MURDER INC ONLINE

    • Fish

      I'm not even a 50 Cent fan, but you need to have a word with yourself if you're trying to say he isn't real. This man wasn't just selling dope in his 20s, he was RUNNING the block. You don't get into a position like that without doing dirt. It's well known he ran with Supreme (not 'prime' as you spelled it) and if you actually know anything about the Supreme Team, you'll know that they would not have tolerated a pussy in their ranks.

  • IROC

    Yawn zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • The Game

    I hate this crab.

  • Anonymous

    Ross came out in 2006 a year later with the biggest song of his career...signed by Jay-Z, why ain't he go plat? POM went plat actually. A promo said this.

    • Anonymous

      Don't believe his lies. the same promo that showed him being interviewed in 2004 that said 1999 on the screen? he was wearing a jersey that came out in 03 so how could it have been 1999? same promo that said Deeper Than Rap is gold?

  • Anonymous

    but ross is almost done and didnt make the impact like 50 did. No he isn't. He's still on a major while 50's closer to being finished. ross might get one page the book of hip-hop about being a cop and tricking the world while 50 will get a whole chapter. Ross will get 2 whole chapters about changing hiphop wihle 50 will be a footnote.

  • Anonymous

    SMS is dope.. A lot mor successful than Luda's Sould headphones.

  • Anonymous

    50 aint a handsome nigga

  • go snitch on murda inc

    50 is fuckin rich but fuckin stupid. He is not inteligent as a person. What the fuck is this guy talking about.

    • Anonymous

      no comment cause u cant argue wit stupid people

    • Anonymous

      What the fuck are you talking about? Talking about a man whos worth 9 figures? How man retards from the streets you know thats 100+ million dollars?

  • Anonymous

    I watched the whole in interview. Love his HONESY. and the man sure is HUMBLE. This a new fiddy?

    • Anonymous

      Stoute seems like a bitch. Dame Dash been going in on that boy hard recently calling him a culture robber or some shit, I like how 50 didn't necessarily agree with Dame and hate but said his lil piece instead.

    • Anonymous

      The best part of the interview is when they asked him about Steve Stoute. Nobody in that room knew what the fuck he was talking about. Envy was just like,"Well aight".

  • Anonymous

    Damn.........I love 50 as much as any other hip hop head should, but I am struggling to understand him in this interview. ODB sounded more intelligent than him. Guess that gun shot wound is still having bad effects. Regardless I'll buy AA

  • Anonymous

    JA RULE KILLED 50 BACK ON THE EARLY '00 , LYRICALLY AND CAREER WISE

    • Anonymous

      more trolls.. lol.. bring em. Ja rules career went into the dirt because people didn't want to work with him after the Aftermath Shady G-unit beef.

    • Anonymous

      AND EMINEM DESTROYED JA LYRICALLY AND CAREER WISE

  • OUCH

    Pre sales in 1,732 Projected first week sales 7,000 units

    • Anonymous

      i dont know but i cant knock his hustle

    • Anonymous

      Whoever pays $5,000 to meet 50 Cent is a moron. Meet and greets for most major artists' concerts are like $200 or more. Unless he's giving you stock options, opportunities to invest in what he's doing, or gives you insanely good business advice, who would want to do this?

    • Anonymous

      There were probably about 3 or 4 of those bundles, hardly enough to make a difference in his sales.

    • Anonymous

      and 50 sold more than that in pre-orders. not to mention them $5000 bundles he sold out of first day.

    • Anonymous

      LOL 7k? Ross sold more than that in one store in one hour.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Smh you act like Ja Rule done set the bar for first week sales

    • Anonymous

      Whoa 7k? Thats already more than the last Ja Rule album sold in 2+ years. Godfather 50 keeps winning!

  • Anonymous

    he's wearing contacts. look at his blue eyes.

  • Anonymous

    They just posted the first episode to his new show POWER, its really good.

  • RIGZ

    ROSS WON 50 SAID HE WOULD END HIS CAREER BUT HE STILL HERE

    • Anonymous

      POM is not platinum, the promo video lied. Also, Ross didn't make more than Mac Miller and he doesn't donate to charity.

    • Anonymous

      but ross is almost done and didnt make the impact like 50 did. ross might get one page the book of hip-hop about being a cop and tricking the world while 50 will get a whole chapter.

    • Anonymous

      If you're asking who, today, is more relevant in hip-hop, Ross is. 50 was relevant in the past, and has more money, but he's faded.

    • Anonymous

      POM is platinum (promo said it was platinum) and ross makes more than miller yet donated more to charity.

    • Anonymous

      What did Ross win though? He still ain't got 1 platinum album and last year he wasn't even in the top 20 on Forbes! it's all down here for Ross, he makes as much as a white independent rapper, the god Mac Miller now.

  • Don

    Rick Ross ethered him. swag

  • jj

    Platinum in the first week!!!!!

  • boobalo

    As far as who takes an l.. You got to remember, 50 still a 26mil album selling nigga..mmg whole camp ain't moved 5mil...

    • Anonymous

      Ross came out in 2006 a year later with the biggest song of his career...signed by Jay-Z, why ain't he go plat?

    • realish

      massacre and gunit album came out in 2005 or some shit. when sales were up before downloading anyway lets say they didnt. mmg is selling more than gunit now. were in 2014. 2005 was 9 years ago almost a decade. its like the old bball player on the court that cant shoot a jump shot anymore but wants to talk about what he did back in his days lol. its over now

    • Anonymous

      MMG whole crew still ain't sell more than the G-Unit album, or The Massacre.

  • Anonymous

    15k most for animal ambition. Rozay winning again. 50 takes the full L for retiring.

    • Anonymous

      50 could retire too but he does it for the love of rap. That's why he has features from Jadakiss, Styles P, Joe, Prodigy and Yo Gotti instead of Lil Wayne, Big Sean, The Weeknd, Kanye West, Jay-Z, etc...

    • Puff has Officer Ricky by the balls

      50 will sell more than Officer Ricky! Tech N9ne could retire if he wanted to with the amount of cash he made BY HIMSELF. Yeah Ricky has puff......or maybe puff has Ricky, know what im saying?

    • Anonymous

      Ross likely gets 1.8% or some shit like that if he even broke even after all them features and promo

    • boobalo

      80%....lomudafuknl..

    • Anonymous

      Ross get 80% on sales and mastermind sold plenty so he will get more than 50.

    • Anonymous

      50 will make more money on AA than ross will on MM

    • spapstein

      I'd say 50k tops . . . and Ross isn't beating him. 50's independent so it's a whole other ball game with numbers. 50 takes a 100% of the cash though compared to Ross on a major who only sees a fraction

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