50 Cent and Kanye West: Watch the Hip-Hop Titans Behind the Scenes at the Rolling Stone Cover Shoot

September 5, 2007 3:41 PM ET

"This is a rock & roll moment right here," says Kanye West on the set of his Rolling Stone cover shoot with 50 Cent. Watch the two hip-hop heavyweights get camera-ready at photographer Albert Watson's New York studio, discuss the Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier confrontation that inspired them, chat about what it means to be on the cover of Rolling Stone and more as the two gear up for the September 11th releases of Curtis and Graduation. Check out excerpts of the 50 Cent and Kanye West interviews, too.

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