Our Next Cover: 50 Cent Vs. Kanye West

September 5, 2007 8:02 AM ET

Rolling Stone's next cover documents the hip-hop story of the year: Kanye West and 50 Cent, whose new albums are coming out on the same date, September 11th. Stay tuned this afternoon for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the cover shoot, along with a gallery of photos from the big event, and read the excerpts from the cover stories below:

50 Cent: Taking Care of Business

Kanye West: A Genius in Praise of Himself

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Song Stories

“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

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