News: Rick Ross On Baby Mama Tell-All, "Doing A Book W/ 50 Cent Is Like Getting A Crunk Beat From Lil Jon" [Video]
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 5:33PM
Rick Ross recently addressed his baby's mother, Tia Kemp, joining forces with 50 Cent for her new tell-all book and why the G-Unit leader's brand has continued to decline.
Speaking with radio personality Mr. Peter Parker, the rapper questioned why Kemp would partner with Fif.
"I haven't heard anything about it," Ross said referring to Tia's new tell-all book. "So that kinda speaks for itself...You gonna get out the streets what you put into it. For instance, 50 Cent's very last video game sold 680,000 games the first week. His last one sold 50,000. That may be a 90 percent drop-off. And the video game world is only striving, so that lets you know what his brand is doing at this point. So doing a book with a 50 Cent at this point is like getting a crunk beat from Lil Jon. I got a little one from her, that'll never get crossed. It's entertainment. She get to be an actress and a video model, I'm like one of the only G's that's schooled. We buy the whips online now...It's kinda hard to catch my attention, if you like something and sell a hundred copies, you gotta be No. 1 to be on my radar. And that's what I was trying to motivate 'Curly' to do, but you see how his last single he just leaked." (B96)
Fif's game Blood on the Sand has reportedly sold just over 50,000 copies since its February release.
Blood on the Sand has sold an estimated 56,000 copies in the United States between its February launch and early April. In its first two months of release in the fall of 2005, Bulletproof - Blood on the Sand's prequel, sold 681,000 copies, with life-to-date sales of 1,123,000 units. Kotaku takes a look at a few more reasons why the game sold so low, and even mentions that maybe Activision's decision to sell of the title might have been a pretty smart move after all. (Co-Optimus)
Various explanations for the game's retail struggles have been reported.
It was obvious that something was wrong with Blood on the Sand's sales when THQ failed to hype the game's performance in its earnings report earlier this week. 50 Cent may not be as popular as he was in the middle of the decade, but he's by no means faded to obscurity. A drop-off this steep outpaces even the decline in the rapper's recent album sales. His 2005 album The Massacre sold 1.14 million copies in its first week, according to SoundScan, the group that tracks music sales in the U.S. His 2007 follow-up, Curtis, sold 691,000 units in its first week, a big decline, but not a calamity. There were stark differences between the two games. Bulletproof came out in the fall season and put 50 in an urban setting that was supposed to be inspired by what he raps about. Blood on the Sand was out in the winter and was more exotic, transporting 50 to a pseudo-Iraq where he needed to reclaim a stolen jeweled skull. Both games were released against tough competition. (Kotaku)
Tia recently spoke with DJ Whoo Kid about her association with Fif's camp.
"G-Unit books. It's not a [coincidence]," Tia said regarding the company overseeing her tell-all release. "I'm affiliated with G-Unit now, officially. I am G-Unit. I'm waiting on my piece too, 50. [laugh] Yes I am [serious]...I'm a great mother, I'm hoping this book with be successful so that I can give my kids a good life, a better life than I had...[Ross] is not a real n*gga, he has no street credit at all. None whatsoever...I don't know where all of the [swag] came from, the fake shades. I think that's who he's trying to be now, Biggie. Did you see him in that new video? He put two earrings in his ear, do some research, he never put earrings in anything he did. He just got earrings about a month ago...[With the beard] he's trying to be Freeway Ricky Ross." (Radio Planet TV)
Check out Ross' interview below: