Piracy Forces Early G Unit Release

That group's "Beg for Mercy" will now be issued Nov. 14 by Interscope, four days earlier than originally intended.

A day after the release of Jay-Z's next album was moved up two weeks due to piracy, a similar move has been made for the debut set from the 50 Cent-led G Unit. That group's "Beg for Mercy" will now be issued Nov. 14 by Interscope, four days earlier than originally intended.

"What can you expect when you're the hottest rapper around?," 50 Cent says in a statement. "The streets are used to gettin' my music the unconventional way. So if they want it why not give 'em the real deal as soon as you can. Why make 'em wait?"

Interscope has been in this position before, having moved up the release of Eminem's "The Eminem Show" last year due to advance piracy. "Unfortunately this is becoming too common for us," says Interscope senior sales and marketing executive Steve Berman. "We've been in this situation before so we know what measures have to be taken. This is an ongoing war against bootlegging and piracy. We are taking the necessary steps to get the real album into the listener's hands."

As previously reported, four "golden tickets" will be inserted randomly within the first 1 million copies of "Beg for Mercy." Each winner will get a chain necklace with a diamond-encrusted G Unit medallion, valued at $12,500.