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50 Cent and Kanye West, Part Three: The Future of Hip-Hop

September 7, 2007 4:15 PM ET

Do fans want simple, hooky ringtone music or something deeper and more complex? 50 Cent and Kanye West compare their new albums to the latest hot tracks from the Shop Boyz and more as they muse on what the future holds for hip-hop. "Hip-hop changes so fast as an art form, if you're not paying attention you're going to get left in the dust," 50 Cent says. Watch the two MCs debate what comes first — selling what consumers want or creative integrity — in the third of Rolling Stone's three videos from the 50 Cent and Kanye West cover shoot.

Kanye West and 50 Cent, Part One: The Main Event

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“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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