News: 50 Cent Breaks Silence On Rick Ross' Album Sales, "I Can't Call A No. 1 A Flop" [Video]
Friday, May 1, 2009 9:30AM
G-Unit leader 50 Cent has shared his thoughts on Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap debut this week and begrudgingly admitted that his rap rival had a successful first week.
While not taking any direct shots at the Miami boss, 50 did suggest Def Jam's artists tend to have suspiciously high first-week sales.
"I didn't get an opportunity to hear his record," Fif said in an interview. "But a lot of freak numbers come out of the Def Jam system. I mean, just look at it. I think [his numbers] could be a disappointment to the system, based on how much of an effort and money they spent marketing, but I can't call a number one a flop under any circumstances." (MTV)
Ross' former boss, Slip-N-Slide CEO Ted Lucas, recently discussed the rapper's ability to "out-rap" his competition despite his battle with Fif.
"When I heard about all that was going down, I knew that musically Ross would rebut by making great music and come out on top," Lucas explained. "If he wants to get caught up in personal issues, that's fine, but I never doubted him musically and lyrically. He's constantly in the booth making music. In fact, he's already working on album number four. Ross is an incredible rapper and not too many people can out-rap him." (Billboard)
Ross has used the rap beef to taunt the 50 Cent by claiming his life has only become "better" since the battle kicked-off last January beginning with "Mafia Music."
"We got a lot of money," Ross said in a video. "I just bought four new whips. F*cking monkey said he was gonna ruin my life, haha! I'm waitin' for it man. Life is actually better. Follow my time pieces man. Follow my whips. Chronicle my triumph. You n*ggas still can't dress. Youse a monkey...You don't get tired of wearing those ugly jeans? Those ugly shoes? You lost all that weight and your face sunk in with your fake teeth, it ain't a good look...Y'all stay tuned, it gets deeper." (World Star Hip Hop)
The rapper's latest release debuted atop Nielsen Soundscan's Top 200 this week.
Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap led the way this week landing at No. 1 with 158,000 scanned discs followed by the Hannah Montana soundtrack which landed at No. 2 with 104,300 copies and Depeche Mode's Sounds of the Universe at No. 3 with 80,100 copies. Asher Roth's Asleep in the Bread Aisle debuted at No. 5 with 62,000 copies while Chester French's Love the Future opened at No. 77 with 6,300 copies. (Sales Wrap)
Check out 50's thoughts on Ross' album below: