50 Changes Massacre Date, Joy Bryant To Star In Rapper's Film

Rapper 50 Cent has moved the release of The Massacre from March 8 to

March 3, in an effort to combat the spread of the album on the internet and

from bootleggers, since the album was leaked earlier this week.

Numerous websites

posted the album and the artwork for The Massacre, forcing the label to shuffle

the release date.

50's dis track

"Piggy Bank" has finally been revealed, after months of anticipation.

The record takes swipes at Fat Joe, Nas and Kelis and Jadakiss.

Fat Joe is already

preparing a response, which will be featured on his new album, All or Nothing,

which is tentatively scheduled for release on April 26.

50 Cent's major

label debut Get Rich or Die Trying, was also moved up ahead of its

2003 release date. The album went on to sell over 872,000 copies in the first


50 himself scrapped an alternate version of The Massacre, fearing

he had not outdone his first major release.

Neilsen's Soundscan

figures state that Get Rich or Die Trying was 2003's bestselling album

and has moved over 6 million units.

In related 50 Cent news, actress Joy Bryant has been cast to

star opposite 50 Cent in MTV Films' movie, tentatively titled "Locked and


The movie, about a drug dealer who leaves the streets for rap

music, is a semi-autobiographical account of 50 Cent's meteoric rise in the

entertainment world.

His 1999 breakout

single "How to Rob an Industry N**ga" was a humorous description of

how he would stick-up various famous rappers of the day. Additionally, during

the time period, 50 had several violent altercations in New York and Atlanta.

50 Cent, who admits he sold drugs before entering the music

business, was later shot 9 times in Jamaica, Queens as he sat in the passenger

side of a car, by unknown assailants.

The shooting happened just as Columbia was preparing to release

his Trackmasters produced debut Power of The Dollar. Columbia shelved the album

and dropped the rapper from their roster because of the incident.

50 Cent formed his G-Unit collective and started releasing albums

independently. The sales success of his independent releases and constant mixtape

presence landed 50 a multi-million dollar deal with Eminem and Dr. Dre's Shady/Aftermath

labels, which are distributed by Interscope, a Universal Music company.

50's movie is being spearheaded by Interscope's Jimmy Iovine

and Paul Rosenberg, who co-manages 50 Cent and manages Eminem.

Bryant starred in "Antwone Fisher" and will be featured

in "The Skeleton Key," which is slated to hit theaters this year.

The 50 Cent movie is being directed by Jim Sheridan, while Terence

Winter, a writer for HBO's hit series "The Sopranos" is writing the


The movie starts shooting this spring.