G-Unit, Jay-Z To Duke It Out In Stores

Earlier release needed to fight online leak, 50's crew says.

All of sudden, Friday, November 14, has become a major day for record releases.

One day after Jay-Z announced he was pushing his The Black Album release up two weeks from Friday, November 28, the G-Unit are bumping their due date for Beg for Mercy to November 14 as well.

Not only do 50 Cent and company now share the same release date as Jay, their representatives say the thugged-out collective has been plagued by the same problems as the Jiggaman: bootlegging. Originally, Beg for Mercy was supposed to come out on November 18, but the LP has been leaked to the Internet and the streets already, thus the need to get it in stores officially.

"What can you expect when you're the hottest rapper around?" 50 Cent said Thursday (November 6) 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?"

Fans who can't wait to hear 50 can catch him, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck on their current U.S. tour.