Charlamagne Tha God Says 50 Cent Has Reached His Peak

Charlamagne Tha God praises Jay Z, T.I., and Jeezy for being consistent throughout their careers.

During an interview with Vlad TV, Power 105.1 on-air personality Charlamagne Tha God was asked if 50 Cent has the ability to bring his career back to where it was when he first came out. According to Charlamagne, not only does 50 Cent not have the ability to reach his peak again, no artist has that ability.

Shortly after addressing 50 Cent’s situation, Charlamagne credited both Jay Z and T.I. for being consistent and growing with the release of each of their albums. The radio host then circled back to 50 Cent as he spoke on the G-Unit lyricist’s consistency over the past few years.

“Nobody can ever get back to where they were,” Charlamagne said. “That’s just the nature of the game…That’s why, man, it’s sometimes better to have careers almost like Jay Z and T.I. Reasonable Doubt came out critically-acclaimed album, commercially it didn’t do so well. But if you watch Jay Z just grew and grew and grew with every album. Same thing with T.I. I’m Serious, critically-acclaimed didn’t sell shit. He got dropped from the label…But he grew. He grew, grew, and grew and got to a certain point. So, after a while, like with 50, came out red hot. 10 million records sold. Boom, right on top of that, G-Unit album. Boom, four million records sold. Massacre album sold like 10 million records. He capitalized off his moment. From that point on it was just about being consistent. And I think up until his last album he was consistent. Cause his last album really didn’t sell well, but 50 Cent is a brand.”

After declaring that no artist has the ability to get back to where they were when they first started their music careers, Charlamagne was questioned about 2 Chainz. He clarified that despite being in Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz reinvented himself and was therefore a whole new person when he introduced himself as a solo artist several years ago.

“Tity Boi and Dolla and Playaz Circle never got to that level level,” he said. “They made great music. I love both they albums. Flight 360 and the first Playaz Circle albums was super dope. Like really dope, down South classic albums. 2 Chainz came out as a whole new person. Reinvented himself. He was a rookie and he got to that peak. So, once you get to that level it ain’t never about being that new, hot guy anymore. Cause that new, hot guy is that new, hot guy. After that it’s just about being consistent and maintaining. Like how Jeezy’s done. Jeezy was that new, hot guy at one time. He was consistent and maintained.”

Charlamagne’s interview with Vlad TV comes days after 50 Cent released his fifth studio album, Animal Ambition. The album is projected to sell less than 35,000 copies in its first week.

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127 Comments

  • DJ85

    50 was just at the breakfast club. How come u didnt tell him that when he was there?

  • j

    @Charlamagne Thank you Captain Obvious

  • Matteyo

    Interesting article. You forget Nas, who constantly puts out A- material. Eminem too. Some rappers just find a way to stay consistent. 50 has fallen big time

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  • Luigy Thone

    No one can surpass Lil-wayne's peak, Lil wayne's been on the game more than 10 years but his still relevant, no one can do what lil wayne has done in the rap game, Wayne made hip hop to be played where it wasn't played at, Wayne is a g.o.a.t. Wayne is something else cuz

  • Anonymous

    wise words spoken

  • Anonymous

    fuck that i stile belive in 50cent

    • wasd

      50 cent is a mortal man who gives less of a fuck about you than you could imagine. you going to be a sucker for life?

  • COCA

    THAT'S AN UNDERSTATEMENT... 50 PASSED HIS PRIME A LONG TIME AGO!!!

  • pandemicz

    Well, if he said so... then 50 must quit.... That's Charlamagne Tha God, so 50 has no choice now.

  • Bang Em Smurf and Domination

    But Curtis said he would quit rap if Kanye West sold more albums than him...well Kanye whopped his ass in sales. Well u know the rest. Curtis lied and refuse to retire. so his fans decided to help him retire by not buying his albums since BISD. Well there you have it. The reason for Curtis sale decline. BINGO!!!

  • hoodCNN

    Lloyds Banks Indie Album sold 45K...it had a gold selling single-with far more less promo and radio play. Only the gold selling single had major radio play but it wasnt promoted at all and it sold far more than Animal Flopbition which had mad promo...like 5 of the singles were in constant rotation on radio. Videos all over the place and not one of the single certified. smh after all that mad promo. Lloyds Banks album should be out not Curtis.

    • Anonymous

      I'll give you Banks had that 1 single that saved his ass from foreclosure, but best believe if he releases another album he's doing 20-30k tops.

    • Anonymous

      different times, llooyd would be lucky to move 20k now

  • Anonymous

    why is he comparing a real brother to a camel and a sand monkey

  • Number1ArseHole

    Fuck Charlamagne. That's why he got jumped a fews yrs back and was running like a little bitch on camera aka ugly usain bolt.

  • Anonymous

    Charlamagne needs to stop riding Jay. Biggest Jay stan on the planet. Better and better? He took years after RD to drop another album worth not frisbeeing out the window. And 50 was done after massacre. since then this output has been terrible

  • WWYD?

    Kanye West killed 50's career. Ya'll don't remember that??

  • Gossipin Ass Ho

    Beanie Sigel used to own a hot dog stand Eminem took young zee and pacewon's verses off amityville because they wouldn't change them Kid rock sent a demo to bad boy and nelly sent a demo to rocafella and so so def, both were turned down. the A&R's at roc-a-fella and bad boy were then fired Cam'ron use to have IBS (irital bowel syndrome) which causes the person to have uncontrolable bowel movments. durring a preformance of horse & carrige camron shitted himself and ran off stage. jimmy kimmel made cracks about it when cam was on the show WC from l.a capped some mexican dudes in a shootout way back in 1994; the nigga left without a single scratch Big Moe raped a chic and got away on some "I didn't know what I was doing" shit smh Masta killa once punched out a reporter for NBC (just before Wu-Tang Forever dropped). The reporter asked him "when is you next album coming out?", and he replied "when you wake up" and knocked them out. "Threat" from jay-z's "black album" was done by 9th wonder on the spot... jay told him he had hundreds of beats to choose from and if he could lace some heat using a sample of r. kelly's "a woman's threat" in 30 minutes he would put him on the album. 9th opened his laptop, downloaded the file, and introduced the world to fruity loops and his expert chopping and filtering... by the time jay came back from a memphis bleek session the song was done and 9th made the album

  • Anonymous

    you gonna sit right here all day wednesday looking for a victory trophy son, not collecting paypal bet money from naan a commenter and rozay ain't gonna send you a watch for your comment vigilance in his holy name you looking pathetic out here on these information superhighway streets stalking curtis 50cent jackson, probably know more about his life than yo momma's smh

  • Not Impressed

    I wish I can skeet my nut in Solange Knowles' pussy then eat her butthole out from the back while my cum drips on the sheets. She'd love this White cock in her asshole

  • Not Impressed

    Cam'ron destroyed 50's career after Cam destroyed Hov's career.My mom bought me 2 copies of Animal Ambition. Listened to it with me and Im Not Impressed

  • Not Impressed

    As far as I'm concerned 50's best album was Curtis. He was okay at best before that one. and fell of after it. wow what a faggot. Im Not Impressed

  • Anonymous

    So he thinks T.I., Jeezy and Jigga have stayed consistent and shown growth but not Kanye Yuh

  • real

    who really gives a fuck what charlamagne tha god says.

  • Anonymous

    not all good music is real music

  • JG

    Why is this news? We all know that no one is going to come out and sell 10 million A. Because all his fans have grown up while his music is still the same content, and B. Pirating music wasn't as available in '03. Thanks for stating the obvious Charlamagne.

  • Anonymous

    50 a real general he aint gotta be consistent with music

  • Anonymous

    meek didnt make a mill on that corner though lol he the closest street rapper out right now though with a buzz his first album was good i think he ain't gonna have anything else to talk about anymore on this second one

    • Anonymous

      meeek barely make a mill off rap game, ol 1.5 million networth never been on the forbes list but bragging about his money all day ass nigga. mac miller got more paper than him.

  • u so tuff

    The sales for AA may be a dud. But I like the album... He made money selling the singles.. It has gotten good reviews from alot of Hip-Hop sites except hating HipHopDX ... Think for yourself..

  • Anonymous

    the problem with 50 cents career is he came in so fast and switched from street to mainstream which he really not the new mainstream type of artist.

  • Anonymous

    This was Curtis best chance for a #1 album with no comp besides Iggy on the charts but this is 2014 and the public want true HipHop from studs like TDE, J. Cole, Drizzy, A$AP, Meek, and Troy.

    • Not Impressed

      Drake is 10x great than 50. Im Not Impressed

    • Anonymous

      naw..he came out against a country music star Miranda Lambert.. country music star outsell everyoneee

    • Anonymous

      "Curtis lacks lyricism and his subject matter is redundant, his features are nothing exciting and his entire image seems old and cheesy." Perfect description of William Roberts.

    • Anonymous

      Funny because what you said about 50 perfectly applies to Meek Mill and ASAP Mob.

    • Anonymous

      All Meek does is scream on the mic about Rollies and Phantoms, nothing from the heart.

    • Anonymous

      LOL HE SAID MEEK AND TROY

    • Anonymous

      Drake makes good music even if it's a bit R&Bish, Meek makes street music from the heart and A$AP Mobb are a cool switch up from the standard sounds. Curtis lacks lyricism and his subject matter is redundant, his features are nothing exciting and his entire image seems old and cheesy.

    • Anonymous

      Take out Drake, Meek, and A$AP and you'd be correct.

  • Anonymous

    The groupies will say that 35K is good for a rapper who is a world renowned rapper/actor who is on every blog, has his own website, headphones, cable show, and just performed in front of 100,000 Rap fans with no release date competition from R&B or HipHop releases. Tyler the Creator is Indie and he moved 90,000 first week without SummerJam or constant media fodder, or constant headlines so this flop should be a lesson to all artists who release inferior music that their most loyal fans say is nothing more than a "Mixtape".

    • Anonymous

      100k people at summer jam? its crazy how much you exaggerate when you hating on 50 but when you're defending french or khaled against tyler the creator its a whole different story!

  • Anonymous

    50 reached his peak with his debut and has sank lower and lower critically and commercially every since: (2003-2014) Get Rich or die Rhyming = 8 Million The Massacre = 5 Million Curtis = 1 Million Before I Self Distruct = 500,000 Animal Ambition = 40K No other artist in the history of Rap music has sold 50% or less than the previous album with each release....a horrible lack of consistency and an inability to generate new fans.

  • Slum hotness

    I will never understand this bum! Sales doesn't mean shit! Dude won't say what he really want to say about 50 because is scared of him! I hate rubber nose guys that suck up! Lame a$$ fool with no talent.

    • Anonymous

      he didnt base shit off sales. he clowned niggas for being flops while he was on top but ja and ross was never about sales, they disrespected him first.

    • Anonymous

      Generally that sales argument I agree with. However 50 based all his beefs and entire career off sales. He went to war over sales and made fun of rappers for being indie not selling. Therefore, yes sales completely apply.

  • Anonymous

    The guy fell off musically so terribly that his most loyal fans are focusing on his money and his association with cable TV shows rather than his music and songs. Em can fall off and then make a comeback same with Nas and Common but 50 lacks the ability to grow with his music.

    • Anonymous

      This reminds me of when Bruthadee was writing essays defending all the last MMG flops like Excuse My French and Self Made 3!

  • Anonymous

    misleading title when you actually listen to what Charlamagne say he doesnt say much wrong it isn't a diss to 50

  • Mario Toney

    I disagree, I think people look at sales wrong now, 50's brand allowed him to get a show like Power, Sms headphones, movies, summer jam and so many oppurtunities. I think 30,000 sales first week is great indie for a project that was really a mixtape. now G unit is back...I think 50 can also have the next Aftermath ent or Cash Money...I think thats what he should do next....and not just rap, diversify the brand .Hip Hop, Pop. Edm, Latino music etc...

    • 2Far

      For someone who fell off his TV show on Starz Power got 2.6 million views and good reviews so if thats maintaining fuck it maintain 50.

  • Anonymous

    Without Eminem on his album why should any of us buy it? I only supported 50 out of respect for Em but his music is pretty shabby and lacks lyricism like Royce and Slaugterhouse.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ "Our"? Lol hell no youngin

    • Anonymous

      50 was our generations MC Hamme, a guy with a gimmick that sold a shitload of records and made a Ron of money and then got boring and predictable while the fans moved on to better music.

    • Anonymous

      That's pretty wrong to support because of an affiliation, it called bandwagging If you only hopning on in the first place don't complain now because he hustled the game and has now made history forever.

  • IROC

    when you are not hungry it shows , 50 need to produce new talent period

  • Not Impressed

    He's right, but why didn't he say this to his face? They've done a bunch of interviews and all this dude does is kiss his ass and let him ramble on about nothing. I'm not impressed

    • Anonymous

      Char is super behaved around real niggas like 50 and Gucci, he doesn't get outta line or step on any toes until they are out of the building then he might talk some shit for his lil vlog.

    • Reading Is Fundamental

      Funny to see who doesn't read the article but just the headline. If you read the context you'd see he didn't say it as a negative connotation. Maybe if it was a video it'd be easier for you to comprehend?

    • Anonymous

      This nigga scared of 50, he only shitted on Kanye cause Ye's a known bitch nigga, but he would never say shit to a real nigga

  • smh

    50 reached his peak after he released GRODT.

  • Anonymous

    The way 50 killed and reinvented the mixtape game the stage was already set for him to blow

  • Anonymous

    fuck 50 ja rule is way better lyrically and his career was a much more success when you look at cd to cd!!!

  • Qaadiru Rashaad

    He's speaking the truth but that goes for any artist as he states. The music business from a selling records stand point is no longer the same. Its about partnering with corporations or bigger business entities than yourself, launching and diversifying your brand and products and service you place your name on that can yield income. Its totally different than before but that is not necessarily a bad thing, just a new thing.

  • 098

    50 cents 4 albums: over 22 million worldwide G-units first album: over 3 million worldwide Get rich or die trying movie soundtrack: over 3 million worldwide Games first album: over 5 million worldwide Lloyd banks first album: over 4 million worldwide Tony yayos first album : over 1 million worldwide Young bucks first album : over 1 million worldwide Total sales: 39 million Jay-Z's 12 albums: over 28 million worldwide Jay-Z's 5 collab albums: over 9 million worldwide Beanie sigels 6 albums: 2 million worldwide Memphis bleeks 4 alums: over 2 million worldwide J Coles 2 albums: over 1 million Total sales: 42 million 50 got 3 number 1 songs on billboard hot 100 (with only one feature, nate dogg, allthough 50 wrote the hook for him) and a total of 9 top 10 songs on the same chart(2 more with no features, total of 4 nonfeatured) Jay-Z got 1 number one (which featured alicia keys) and a total of 11 top 10 songs(4 of them had no features), plus one with watch the throne 50 cent got one number one feature, and 5 top 10s (1 with a singer) Jay-Z got 3 number 1 features (all with singers), and 9 top 10s (8 with singers) Get rich or die tryin' sold more than Jay-Zs 4 highest selling albums combined Jay-Z only got one album outselling 50s second album, and that is with a margin of 13 000 50 cent got an average 5.5 million sold per album Jay-Z got an average of 2.3 million sold per album If you combine the sales of ALL jay-z albums since get rich or die tryin' was released, Get rich or die tryin' still sold more 50 cent accomplished that in 4 year period, jay did it in 17 years.

    • NxtCom

      Your numbers for fifty are wrong: GRODT:13 million worldwide Beg for Mercy:3.7 million worldwide The Massacre:9 million worldwide GRODT Soundtrack:2 million worldwide Curtis:3 million worldwide TOS:400K worldwide BISD:1 million worldwide That is over 32 million albums worldwide not including artists signed to him

    • Anonymous

      Where's Kanye sales at though?

    • Anonymous

      that's true

    • Anonymous

      why u keep posting the same shit for years

    • chiva02

      LMAO!! All that make you feel better for his 35,000? 50 did that too. Jay NEVA bricked that hard. Funny how that works when the Interscope machine is no longer backing you.. And you seemed to mention everyone under Jay...except Kanye West. But carry on.

  • POPE

    Another misleading title.

    • Anonymous

      It is but it's funny to see all the people commenting coming to 50's defense when Charlemagne didn't really say anything that negative. As much as we bitch about the journalism most of the commenters are pretty illiterate and don't have much education.

    • Qaadiru Rashaad

      the brother was right when he said another misleading title to a story. smh divide & conquer is live and in affect. on another note its fucking dam near impossible for any hiphop artist to replicate the album success 50Cent has had. It truly is. remember he has only had 5 albums.

  • Anonymous

    True! All real fif fans know he still that nigga but this industry now is full of pussy ass skinny jeans wearing motherfuckers and fif too real for u bitch ass niggas! The only problem with fif he give too much music for free, that big 10 mixtape could ve easily been kept and put out as an album cos some track on there better than those on Animal Ambition and I bought 3 copies plus a bundle number 1 so far from hating cos fif is my nigga no one can do it like fif! But like I say he just need to put his shit together and put out a solid album cos every now and again he ll come out with free hit tracks like 'financial freedom', 'big rich town', and he for some reason don't put em on any album and ppl forget about them quick and start calling him wack cos the ones he put out are not as good as the one he puts out for free. That murder by numbers had hits on it too, if he selected a few tracks from that and a few from big 10 and a few from Animal Ambition and easily make an album better than Curtis and BISD easy! But only real fans know what I m talking about. Fif flow on big 10 is far much better than how goes on Animal Ambition, I like AA but big 10 was better to me it's got more rewind value only a few tracks on AA has rewind value but I know SKI will be good though cos if u listen to the tracks he put out after AA tracks are all different to AA flow, like how he flow on 'cuffing season' with Fab, and the other few he's featured for the past few months or so. I m looking forward to SKI fuck a hater! Eat a dick!

  • Anonymous

    what about drake? he started hot n still is hot as he was back n 09

  • Interscope Records

    I agree

  • Anonymous

    said the same thing when marvin gaye's mignite love came out, when micheal's dangerous came out you got mofo's perpetuating the agenda and others actually listening to music, nothing has changed except the fans and the platform

  • Anonymous

    not too many people checking for that real street music from a 40 year old man. they wanna hear the fakes from down south or the retarded chiraq kids.

    • Anonymous

      bitch you living in a time machine? check the features on his new album and compare it to an officer ricky album? you see any big sean? lil wayne? kanye west? jay-z on there? nah i just see jada, styles, yo gotti, prodigy and kidd kidd.

    • Anonymous

      Street music with Justin Timberlake and Eminem added to it is pretty awesome dude but the street music with Skyler Grey is the best.

  • Anonymous

    It's true but its the same for most artists not even just hip-hop. People peak early, 50's peak was just so much higher than anyone had seen at that point so they say he fell off despite the fact that hes still doing better than his peers from that time like Nelly, Ja Rule, Snoop, Cam, Fat Joe, etc...

    • chris

      Well ill disagree with u a bit first he was buzzing when em and dre signed him..its just that Murdr Inc was hot and kinda put the word out not to fuck wit 50 ..the buzz from them was that they were the only ones to sign him..but you cant say he total buzz was from em and dre..if that was the case all the albums up until Rotten Apple would have never went platinium the rest of g unit's success had nothing to do with em and dre..but he has a point..but he on jeezy and tip dick because they can still sell 500k?..

    • Anonymous

      Snoop came out in 92. I wouldn't exactly call him a peer of 50. The others are somewhat close though. But back to the topic, I would say some of the success that 50 had was based on dr dre and em at that point. He was put into that machine and his album was great so he took off.

  • RealHipHopBoy

    The only rapper that reached their peak again is Eminem. His peak first was with MMLP andThe Eminem Show albums along with 8 Mile movie. Then Eminem got to his peak again with his Recovery album

    • Not Impressed

      Eminem definitely reached his peak a while ago, I would say after The Eminem Show he ran out of ideas. All his albums after that were just dumbed down versions of his past work. But unlike 50 Cent, it makes sense financially for him to keep putting music out, white people will always support him no matter how garbage sounding his music is or how many times he remakes his songs. 50 Cent as well as the other big artists from that era (DMX, Nelly, Ja Rule, Ludacris, etc) are not going to get that same Eminem treatment, so they might as well just stop putting music out. I'm not impressed

    • chris

      I would say releasing the em show and 8 mile in the same year was his peak

    • boobalo

      As far as content, MMLP1 was his peak.. Sales though bruhh.. C tha God put that in... So he did peak again.. And.. RapGod is a masterpiece

    • Anonymous

      I'd hardly say Eminem got back to his peak with recovery. Nothing ever matched MMLP as far as I'm concerned. The Eminem Show came close though

    • boobalo

      Still tho..M peaked again bruhh..C tha God proven wrong

    • Anonymous

      dude popped em's dick in like a pacifier before he typed, LOL

  • dentaldamboy

    50 cent has sold more albums than TI and Jeezy combined.

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