When 50 Cent’s G-Unit group release their debut albumBeg For Mercy on November 18, four “golden tickets” will be hidden inside four random pressings of the first million copies of the album. The lucky record-buyers who get the winning tickets when they purchase the album will receive a chain with a diamond-studded spinning G-Unit medallion, valued at $12,500.
The Willy Wonka-inspired contest is similar to a promotion for Obie Trice, when three golden tickets were inserted into copies of his debut album, Cheers. Recipients of those three tickets won the chance to spend a day in the studio with Trice’s mentor, Eminem.
50 Cent said in a statement, “Everybody knows when I do something I got to do it bigger than anyone else out there. I’m giving away 50 grand worth of diamonds and a chance to become part of my crew. The streets have been loyal and I just want to show my appreciation and give a little something back.”
G-Unit is 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and the still-incarcerated Tony Yayo, who is scheduled to be released from jail at the beginning of 2004. Beg For Mercywill come with G-Unit Deskite software, which will allow the user to unlock live performances and other behind-the-scenes footage that is delivered full-screen to one’s computer desktop.