50 Cent definitely isn't going down without a fight. Although the G-Unit top dog is projected to place second to Kanye West in their SoundScan showdown (the official numbers will be released Wednesday), he's been making plenty of noise in the final days to swing any momentum he can his way — and it's made for some noteworthy headlines.
First, there was his tour of New York City's five boroughs last week and into the weekend, where he brought out some of his foes' estranged crew members (Dipset's Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, Terror Squad's Remy Ma), not to mention LL Cool J
And Monday night, the much-hyped remix to 50's street anthem "I Get Money" dropped on New York radio station Hot 97 during Funkmaster Flex's show. Fif hinted on Thursday that the track — once called the "Billion Dollar Remix" but now titled "Forbes 1,2,3 Remix" after Jay-Z's, 50's and Diddy's ranking in a Forbes magazine article on hip-hoppers' wealth — would see the light of day on Monday.
According to a source close to the G-Unit camp, the track was recorded the same week as the New York leg of the Screamfest tour last month, when headliner T.I. pulled out Jay-Z, Kanye West and Diddy to the stage (see "Jay-Z, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Diddy, T.I., Ciara, Swizz Beatz Make Hip-Hop History At NYC Show" and T.I., 50 Cent, Swizz Beatz Reflect On Historic Onstage Collabo — And How It Almost Didn't Happen"). Fif, who appeared earlier in the same show with Ciara, also joined them. The track was rumored to have been recorded directly after the show and to have included West, but this was later refuted.
The three rap giants take turns trading money-tossing rhymes over the Apex-produced track.
"Bo knows, but Diddy did it," the Bad Boy CEO spits. Cars, jewelry and big homes, yeah, Diddy did it."
"Still hustling, baby, hurry up and kill me," Jay rapped. "I'm already the G.O.A.T., next stop is the Billy."
The three are scheduled to shoot a video for the song with director Jesse Terrero in New York at an unspecified future date, according to reps for Interscope.
As a precursor to 50 and West's sales battle, according to multiple reports, Kanye has bested the G-Unit leader in the U.K. chart battle. Sales tallies weren't included, but West landed at #1 with 50 landing in the second slot. In recent interviews, 50 claimed that Def Jam purchased copies of West's Graduation to boost the U.S. sales totals, which are projected to top 800,000 units compared to the over 600,000 for Curtis.
"[Kanye] has never had a fraction of the sales [I've had]," 50 told the magazine Uncut. "They could have only one scan and have it count four times. West's entire career hasn't sold half what I sold on my first album."
Calls to Def Jam for comment had not been returned at press time.
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[This story was originally published at 2:25 p.m. ET on 09.18.2007]