Kayne West and 50 Cent released their hip hop albums on the same day, and 50 claimed he would quit the music scene if West outsold him in the first week. West's "Graduation" sold 957,000, while 50's "Curtis" sold 691,000 in the United States. I bought both artists' previous albums, and was as drawn to West's intelligent grooves as I was unimpressed by 50's worship of gangsterism. Stronger, Mr West!
The above was a piece I did for a Community Development Council comic book project.