50 Cent Says He Can't Match Past Sales Success

50 Cent reveals that "New York City Hip Hop wasn't friendly" to him at the start of his rap career.

While speaking on first week sales for Animal Ambition, which moved 46,728 copies, 50 Cent revealed that he’ll never attain the kind of success he had in the past when it concerns album sales.

In addition to talking album sales during his interview with Hartford, Connecticut-based radio station Hot 93,7, the Queens rapper revealed that Animal Ambition is only the “warm-up” to his next studio album. He also spoke on success and expressed his confidence in the people bringing him back.

“I know I can’t actually have the success I’ve had in the past,” 50 Cent said. “It’s impossible…This is the warm up…I put this record out to cut through the cloud of my audiences mind, success. Some people are not conditioned or prepared for success. And it’s an adjustment. If you leave the environment thinking the exact same way you were in the environment chances are you won’t be successful. You have to make some adjustments as you actually go. Inquiring new information. Being exposed to different situations is what allows me to continue to do it, but if you don’t do it you’ll forget about it. The people, they’re gon’ bring you back. They gonna pull you back.”

50 Cent later added that at the start of his music career he didn’t receive much love from his fellow artists in New York City. According to the G-Unit helmsman, that’s the reason why his debut album, Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ includes few guest features from artists based out of New York City.

“New York City Hip Hop wasn’t friendly to me,” he said. “They were keeping their relationships for artists that had already established themselves. And they were going ‘Nah, I’m cool with this. So, I can’t really deal with that.’ So, I’m like ‘Alright, I don’t have to work with them ever’…My album didn’t have features. All I did was put Em and Banks on my record. And Young Buck on ‘Blood Hound.’ You know what I mean? Other than that it was no features on the record. I didn’t say ‘I gotta be kumbaya, my Lord. Let’s prick fingers. Be blood brothers and love each other by the fire.’ You can go do that somewhere else.”

During an interview with Hot 97 earlier this year, 50 Cent recalled having no luck finding a deal in New York City and eventually signing with Eminem and Dr. Dre, artists from two completely different regions.

“I couldn’t even get a deal in New York City,” he said in April. “My deal is with Eminem from Detroit. Dr. Dre from the West Coast…was nothing there for me. This is why—People always misinterpret what they’re [actually seeing]. Because I’m the underdog, when I get to the winning slot I’m going—I’m not looking back to help people who weren’t helping me in the whole time.”

50 Cent's interview with Hot 93.7 can be found at CBSLocal.com.

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108 Comments

  • Anonymous

    If I were Curtis I wouldn't even use the word sales anymore.

  • Real Chuck

    Numbers don't lie. 50 spent too much time clowning and commentating. His music angle and edge became un-current. He's trend-less. Time to be a radio host. But calling it a "warm up" was bitch ass. He caught a brick. Period. Steve Stoute was right. 50 hasn't made a relevant music mark since "I got money". All of the sudden- he's ready to eff with Gunit. 4 weeks ago he said them dudes had an "expiration date" like milk and that their time had passed. 50 is more like 35.5

  • Anonymous

    "sounds like he will more than make up for the low sales by releasing another album in 3 months and a G-Unit album 2 months later" ^ translation: 50 will get press for 11 months in 2014, putting out more music in 7 months than the last 5 years and those who call him irrelevant, washed up, and wack for the last 5 years will spend all of these upcoming days and months following every single move he makes while begging someone desperately to agree with them that 50's finished over 200 out of 365 days online hating a rapper, thousands of hours typing about how you dislike curtis 50 cent jackson.....now let's add in the past 5 years' hours, days, months, we can even add in the rick ross articles the past 5 years and upcoming ones this is how much life you f#ckboys have wasted on this man, it's no longer a debate or conversation it's a weird obsession y'all have

  • Anonymous

    Yikes only 46,728 copies copies sold. I don't think anyone really expects 50 to match his prior success (i.e. high album sales), but I don't believe anyone thought he wouldn't at the very least crack 100k in sales. Cats that this nigga thinks he's on the same level with like Em, Jay, Nas, or even Kanye can't match prior success but they still continue to have strong relatively strong album sales: Yeezus: debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 327,000 copies in its first week of release. Life is Good: debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 149,000 copies in its first week. Magna Carta: debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 528,000 copies in its first week. MMLP2: debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling more than 792,000 copies in its first week.

  • Anonymous

    JA RULE KEEPS ON WINNING! 50 STAYS BROKE!

  • the truth

    your damn straight you cant match your home sales 50 coz nowadays your wack!!!!WORD you tried every trick going to promote your album n it still floped..

    • SOUNDTRACK TO CHAOS

      His album was a throwaway like that pitch haha also 50 don't be disrespectful you also had Nate on.GRoDT!

  • Not Rich & Still Tryin'

    "New York City Hip Hop wasnt friendly to me," Well, maybe that's because you dissed half the city on that weak ass How to Rob track.

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Exactly niggas tryna downplay this shit: "oh he's only talking about corporations" like dissing rappers didn't play a part on his blackballing

    • Anonymous

      hes talking about NY rappers too. none of them was helping him but Nas and Onyx in his early days. Murder Inc tried to black ball him thats why he took so much pride in ending Ja and the Inc when he finally made it big.

    • Anonymous

      50 had a bidding war going that doesn't mean there were no suitors son the politics of the game and topic is rappers would have cockblocked him, strongarm the system to push their music before his and he would/could sit until his buzz died (i.e. if clue worked for roc & 50 dissed jay why would clue play 50) interscope made him an outside entity to work within the infrastructure he was fighting, and he won that fight, the reason he won't ever match that height again, there's no fight I don't expect outsiders to 'see' the 50-lox-mobb affiliation

    • Lawrence

      He doesn't mean New York rappers, stupid !!!!. He means Labels & corporations in New York that wouldn't go near him when he was trying to get a deal after being shot... He had to go to Detroit & LA to get a deal, so when he blew up he was like "F*ck New York, none of you wanted anything to do with me before." 'How To Rob' did make people feel a certain way towards him, but that's not what he felt bitter about, everyone knows 50 thrives on beefs, he knew how 'How To Rob' would make people feel, he never had any intentions on being 'friends' with anyone... So, like I said, he means labels, corporations, etc, that wouldn't pick up the phone & left him high & dry...

    • Anonymous

      "..everybody knows your paying jadakiss n styles p to be on the album CMON SON!!!!" Thats usually how features work LOL, you think niggas just giving out verses for free? rapping is their job they gots ta get paid.

    • diddy

      maybe being a SNITCH amm teling the COPS rat bastard had something to do wit it..everybody knows your paying jadakiss n styles p to be on the album CMON SON!!!!

  • Anonymous

    gooooo cheeeeeeeee

  • Anonymous

    sounds like he will more than make up for the low sales by releasing another album in 3 months and a G-Unit album 2 months later. indie money.

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  • Anonymous

    Ahahahaha, look at all these clowns hatin'. It's been 10 years and Fif still gets more hits and comments then all your favorite rappers combined, co-head liner at summer jam, new album and another one dropping in Sept, numerous TV appearances, TV shows, head phones, v water, boxing, etc etc. He just wont go away and it hurts huh? Not bad for a "irrelevant" artist.

  • Anonymous

    "Game's ethos is, and always has been, to pay homage to hip hop culture and history. How the fuck do you expect him to do that without mentioning the names of those who have came before him or that are currently forces in hip hop??" ^ the reason why I f#cks with game I'm happy with game, 50, ross all eating just tell rozay stop lying so much but these online weirdos be camped out with piss jars commenting on rappers, choosing sides like their next meal depends on it

    • Anonymous

      I have to agree with you. His main style was always to depict what he sees in the "GAME" so to speak. Yeah sometimes he gets a lil extra with it but I think it's apart of his style.

  • Anonymous

    "can someone please tell me what a real n1gga is? i've know real recognize real but no one can ever explain it. is it just something you know? and if it's just something you know what cant be explaining how can anyone ever know if they're a true real n1gga? from the outside looking in it seems that if you glorify the street lifestyle then you real. fukin all the hoes(STDs), killing your own ppl, gettin money by any means necessary, etc... is this the pedigree? i've asked this question before but no one will answer. i seriously want to know. i'd prefer to hear it from someone who identifies himself as a real n1gga...." A real man is someone who does right by his family friends and community and a real nigga is just a catchphrase

    • Anonymous

      Ross didnt do right by his family, neither did DJ Khaled. There running around with French and Diddy after what they did like suckaz.

  • Anonymous

    Fact is rap has changed a lot and 50 is still making great music, a lot of you fans are still in 2003 expecting some gangsta shit but forgetting that so much has change, I like 50's new music its on point, so faggots stop complaining.

  • ACTUAL AMBITION, IN STORES NOW

    I know I cant ACTUALLY see the success Ive had in the past, 50 Cent said. Its impossibleThis is the warm upI put this record out to cut through the cloud of my audiences mind, success. Some people are not conditioned or prepared for success. And its an adjustment. If you leave the environment thinking the exact same way you were in the environment chances are you wont be successful. You have to make some adjustments as you ACTUALLY go. Inquiring new information. Being exposed to different situations is what allows me to continue to do it, but if you dont do it youll forget about it. The people, theyre gon bring you back. They gonna pull you back. New York City Hip Hop wasnt friendly to me, he said. They were keeping their relationships for artists that had already established themselves. And they were going Nah, Im cool with this. So, I cant really deal with that. So, Im like Alright, I dont have to work with them everMy album didnt have features. All I did was put Em and Banks on my record. And Young Buck on Blood Hound. You know what I mean? Other than that it was no features on the record. I didnt say I gotta be kumbaya, my Lord. Lets prick fingers. Be blood brothers and love each other by the fire. You can go do that somewhere else. I couldnt even get a deal in New York City, he said in April. My deal is with Eminem from Detroit. Dr. Dre from the West Coastwas nothing there for me. This is whyPeople always misinterpret what theyre [ACTUALLY seeing]. Because Im the underdog, when I get to the winning slot Im goingIm not looking back to help people who werent helping me in the whole time.

  • Anonymous

    50 a hustler, he don't have to sell one record, Go and checkout thegrandreport(dot)com, they have some good hip hop and viral videos on there

  • 50cent

    Actually I made adjustment to success in my actual environment.

  • jay

    CHART DATE: 06/16/2014 LAST UPDATE: 06/16/2014 11:20:38 NOW IN: 29.37% 62150 CENTG-UNIT6,411

  • jimjim

    the rap bully deafeated yall career over like a fat rat

  • Kawhi Da MVP

    The same way LeBron can't match my success.

  • Anonymous

    PLEASE DON'T RELEASE STREET KING IMMORTAL. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR THAT PLAYED OUT GARBAGE ANYMORE.

  • Anonymous

    JA RULE DESTROYED 50S CAREER BACK IN EARLY 2000S. HE STILL SUFFERS FROM IT.

  • Anonymous

    Yo 50 it's not just you that cannot match your past sales success its everyone! Some of these niggas still ain't go plat once and they screaming about being bosses!

  • lol

    here goes 50 again with the same ol shit..no ones buyin 50s music bc its trash..if he had skill like drake, Eminem, game or even members of his own crew im sure hed sell 50s formula..take his first rap hes ever written..write in a new bar or two to make it sound different even tho its the same shit, grab a singer, grab a shitty pop hook..and flop. it takes skill to get popular people on tracks and still flop as hard as 50 did.. esp when u got Eminem and adam Levine on ur tracks.

    • Fish

      Game's ethos is, and always has been, to pay homage to hip hop culture and history. How the fuck do you expect him to do that without mentioning the names of those who have came before him or that are currently forces in hip hop??

    • Anonymous

      what lyrics? he cant go 2 bars without dropping a name. even his new song is cool but too many names. hes even giving 50 and eminem props on that new track! nigga lost his damn mind.

    • lol

      game is nice with the lyrics..he migh tnot be on Eminem level but hes passed 50 times 100

    • Anonymous

      giving Game props that is

    • Anonymous

      it kills me when niggas try to put down 50 cents music and abilities while giving gave props like hes some lyrical mastermind.

  • Anonymous

    How comes 50 doesn't have black conscious side to his music?

    • Anonymous

      "He done said a few times ago he doesn't like to add consciousness to his "actual music" because it might steer the "general public" away from what they are "actually used to hear"" LMAO

    • Me

      The older he gets the mature 50 will get and I believe one day he may turn into an activist because he'll get bored with everything else, he'll start requesting every book 2Pac read, he just might read Malcolm X's autobiography, Marcus Garvey, Dr. Naim Akbar (Breaking the Chains).. 50 gonna get right but that's when them alphabet boyz would recognize his power and have to step in..

    • Anonymous

      He done said a few times ago he doesn't like to add consciousness to his "actual music" because it might steer the "general public" away from what they are "actually used to hear"

    • Anonymous

      He does drop a jewel or two here and there but they are usually hidden within more open ended topics.

    • uhh

      black conscience? wtf is that.. I heard of conscience music but not race attached to it lol ur either conscience or not, doesn't matter if what race idiot lol/smh

  • Anonymous

    No shit Captain Obvious, unless you are LiL Wayne you wont be selling more albums after being in the game for a decade after your debut. 50 flopped. The critics panned AA and the sales reflect that.

  • Anonymous

    no he didn't Eminem outsold Drake with ease. Pop artists don't count. Just because eminem also raps doesn't mean he's hiphop.

    • Anonymous

      Eminem is just a pop rapper but he still rhymes circles around all your favorite rappers. It hurts huh?

    • Anonymous

      if eminem is pop then a pop artist is a better rapper than every rapper out right now minus 3...

    • Anonymous

      47k is good sales for an indie artist 10 years past their prime. Compare him to Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Nelly or Cam'ron...

    • orlkh

      those songs were just trash..always gotta be some excuse just never can be 50 just aint got it lyrically and if his hooks not poppin hes not sellin bc his material lacks.

    • Anonymous

      the people have moved on some of those songs were real hits that didnt take off due to interscope black ballin him and people being so tired of seeing him win too much.

    • lol

      so were gonna sit here n pretend 50 never made no bullshit ass pop music (my life, amusement park, winning, smoke) its just 50 cant do it like them and make a hit.

    • Anonymous

      Drake is just as pop if not more than Em.

  • Anonymous

    50 Cent Says He Can't Match Past Sales Success BUT WHO CAN IN 2014???????

    • lol

      which makes my point stronger. Jcole came in with a buzz and worked and worked and worked and now hes damn hes within the top 7 most looked out for rap artists today.. 50 came out with a classic and just bombed and bombed and bombed..when u come out that heavy its hard to lose your entire fanbase..Eminem, jayz, wayne to name a few drop shit and still sell bc they got loyal fan base. drake and Kendrick are next up to have fanbases that stick/ people jut got tired of hearing the same stories for 50.

    • Anonymous

      J Cole didnt come in the game on top. 50 had no where to go but down.

  • Anonymous

    If you look at the artists who are selling and who are popular it's not a surprise.

  • Anonymous

    AA was like guess whos back cheap and cheerful and SKI will be like GRODT with big names in 2014 standards. wait to the people hear the track with eminem and the track with chris brown.

    • Anonymous

      damn nigga em must have fucked your bitch.

    • lol

      and I know you 50 fuck boys love to talk about sales (except animal ambition LOL) but im talking quality of music not how many pedophiles bought eminems how to rape album for dummies

    • lol

      but how much did Eminem show sell? a cd everyone can listen to. kills every verse and song, no faggot shit..im sure if he had that material it would of sold double bc it would of been worth something instead of that shit he dropped he a 4o year old man rappin about rappin bitches. the fuck, if ur grown and u listen 2 that ur a pedophile most likely.

    • Anonymous

      if it aint broke dont fix it. mmlp2 sold over 2 million.

    • lol

      im an Eminem fan up until he released recovery..then all his music just started sounding like evyerehint hes done w no growth..at what point does a 40 year old man stop the shock rap?

    • Anonymous

      "Eminem? you mean the weirdo who raps about getting fuck, his mom and complains about the fame every track he gets... yeah no ones waiting for that in 2014" Eminem? you mean the highest selling rappers of all time? the only nigga going 2x plat in 2014? yeah no one listens to that guy.

    • lol

      Eminem? you mean the weirdo who raps about getting fuck, his mom and complains about the fame every track he gets... yeah no ones waiting for that in 2014

  • lol

    the reason you wont sell much is bc you suck it simple..50 has a limit skill set when it comes to hiphop and that's been evident for the last 12-13 years. j cole outsold his first project..rick ross, kanye, jayz, Eminem, Kendrick, drake, jcole and many many more have all went gold or plat.. sure 50 will never sell diamond again but hell also never go gold again (which is very attainable) bc of his limited skills..he never grew after GRODT. try focusing on your lyrics and topic range and maybe ull crack 50k sales and wont flop next time.

  • Anonymous

    In 2014 not many people can.

  • Anonymous

    when you get to the level 50 was at the only thing left is to fall down. same thing will happen to drake in 10 years when the industry changes again.

    • nah

      see drakes got the skill and lyrics to make it 10 years and still be relevant bc he has topic ranges and word play..so u do nt rly know what to expect next with 50 u except the same, I get bread, im a hussler, I split wigs with semis..yeah yeah yeah

    • Anonymous

      no he didn't Eminem outsold Drake with ease.

    • Anonymous

      Nah, Drake is set for life. Of course sales go down but his will still be the best. Hell, he had the biggest 1st sales week for hiphop of 2013.

    • Anonymous

      Nope cuz Drake will become a str8 singer once R&B starts to sell again.

  • Anonymous

    #4. 50 Cent - Animal Ambition - 46,728 (46,728)

  • Anonymous

    "While speaking on first week sales for Animal Ambition, which reportedly moved less than 40,000 copies," It sold 47k you morons your own website posted the damn sales.

    • Anonymous

      "from the outside looking in it seems that if you glorify the street lifestyle then you real. " that dont make you real unless you really lived that life. Rick Ross aint real because he was never about that. he lies to sell records.

    • room2roam

      my bad for all of the typos

    • room2roam

      can someone please tell me what a real n1gga is? i've know real recognize real but no one can ever explain it. is it just something you know? and if it's just something you know what cant be explaining how can anyone ever know if they're a true real n1gga? from the outside looking in it seems that if you glorify the street lifestyle then you real. fukin all the hoes(STDs), killing your own ppl, gettin money by any means necessary, etc... is this the pedigree? i've asked this question before but no one will answer. i seriously want to know. i'd prefer to hear it from someone who identifies himself as a real n1gga.

    • Anonymous

      the hipsters loved that shit. he abandoned his hiphop roots and fans. 50 still making ny street music for real niggas to ride around to.

    • Anonymous

      How about Kanye throwing out an album with no lead single or video and still going gold while being 100% experimental?

    • Anonymous

      Nope. You had to purchase it. Not a free album.

    • Anonymous

      it was basically a street album that he gave away for free. features from kidd kidd, jadakiss, yo gotti, prodigy and styles p so theres no point in comparing it to a major label album with singles with Jay-Z, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Big Sean, The Weeknd etc. and a reunion song with Jeezy.

    • Mushton

      Lol yeah I don't think they even look or proof read most of the shit they post here..

    • Anonymous

      Don't nitpick it still flopped

    • Anonymous

      Either way though, butthurt groupie, it still sold 1/4 of what mastermind sold.

  • Anonymous

    50 actually didn't say "Space" once lol

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