Close to 500 lucky fans accidentally received a copy of Lil Wayne’s oft-delayed album, Rebirth, a lot sooner than expected due to a shipping mistake by amazon.com.

Rebirth, which as early as two weeks ago was scheduled to hit stores on December 21, has since been pushed back to an undecided date in 2010. According to Billboard, before changing the release date, Universal manufactured one million copies of the disc and sent a small percentage out to Amazon. The online retailer mistakenly sent out about 500 copies to shoppers who pre-ordered the CD.

XXLMag.com reached out to Amazon for a comment on the slip up, but as of press time reps have yet to return our phone calls.

Several publications have reported that Wayne’s new release date is February 1, 2010, a week before his February 9 sentencing date, where he is expected to surrender himself and report to jail on gun charges. A rep for Universal told XXL that the album has not yet received a confirmed drop date. —Max G