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50 Cent, G-Unit Show "Mercy"

Debut album due in November

September 5, 2003 12:00 AM ET

50 Cent's G-Unit crew will drop their debut, Beg For Mercy, on November 4th.

"It's like Get Rich or Die Tryin' times ten," says Young Buck, a member of the rap quartet that includes Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and 50 himself.

"Banks, Buck, and Yayo each bring something significant to the table," 50 says. "That's why I signed them."

The sixteen-track album features production from the usual suspects, Dr. Dre and Eminem, but despite those big names, there aren't a lot of guest spots. "When there are four of us, it doesn't make sense to bring a lot of guests on," explains Banks.

Yayo's presence is limited thanks to his ongoing incarceration, but each member of the G-Unit crew gets a shot at solo cuts. Still, 50 takes over for most of the hooks -- as on Banks' "Smile" and Buck's "Footprints in the Sand."

"Footprints" is an autobiographical look at how Buck, a native Southerner, got to where he is today, built fittingly on a Dirty South-meets-East Coast vibe.

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