50 Cent album release postponed

'Before I Self Destruct' had been due Dec. 16

NEW YORK -- Originally due Dec. 16, 50 Cent's new album, "Before I Self Destruct," has been pushed to early 2009.

Interscope said the artist was "rushing" to meet the December date but "with the deadline to secure advertising and retail placement for the album imminent," the rapper opted to wait until next year.

The album boasts production and guest turns from mentors Dr. Dre and Eminem; producer Scott Storch helmed first single "Get Up."

"Before I Self Destruct" will be bundled with a full-length feature film of the same name, in which 50 Cent plays a budding basketball star who becomes a criminal after his mother's murder.

Early pressings of the album will also include a second DVD with the documentary "Two Turntables and a Microphone: The Life and Death of Jam Master Jay," which 50 Cent executive produced.
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