Fat Joe recently hosted another episode of his Instagram Live series The Fat Joe Show and this time, he invited T.I. to be his special guest. During their conversation, the age-old debate about classic albums came up and Tip was quick to confidently state he has more classics than 50 Cent.
Joe says in the clip, “Before I talked to you today, I listened to both y’all’s shit and let me tell you something, 50 Cent has some shit,” to which Tip replies, “I love 50! That whole album [2003’s Get Rich Or Die Tryin‘] was jammin’. The whole album, top to bottom. How many songs on that album? About 15? It is a classic album. It is. Even the intro. Everything. Classic. Bro, I got five classics, three if you’re being conservative. I have five classics.”
50, of course, couldn’t help himself and had to share the clip with his 26 million Instagram followers. He wrote in the caption, “The man said he got 5 classics. it’s too early i’m going back to sleep.”
Tip’s catalog consists of 10 studio albums, including his 2001 debut I’m Serious, 2003’s Trap Muzik and 2004’s Urban Legend.
Subsequent albums such as 2006’s King debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling roughly 522,000 copies in its first week. His hot streak continued with 2007’s T.I. Vs. T.I.P. and 2008’s Paper Trail, which both landed at the No. 1 spot upon their release. 2010’s No Mercy broke that streak when it debuted at No. 4 in December of that year.
Meanwhile, 50’s eponymous debut Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ arrived in 2003 with Dr. Dre and Eminem serving as executive producers. The 16-track project made its Billboard 200 entrance at No. 1 and has since been certified 9x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
His sophomore effort, The Massacre, dropped in 2005 and also hit the chart at No. 1 with roughly 1.15 million copies sold in its inaugural week. At the time, it was the sixth largest opening week for an album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Fiddy’s third studio album, 2005’s Curtis, debuted at No. 2 on the chart, right behind Kanye West’s third album Graduation.
Over the course of his career, 50 has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and won numerous awards for his contributions to rap, including a Grammy Award, 13 Billboard Music Awards, six World Music Awards, three American Music Awards and four BET Awards.
But these days, 50 is more focused on his television empire and hasn’t released a studio album since 2014’s Animal Ambition. Tip, on the other hand, delivered his latest studio album, Dime Trap, in 2018.