Forget about his beef with Ja Rule, Shyne, Fat Joe, Ciara…. Rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) is stepping in to the fight against bullying with a new book aimed at teens.
Playground is a semi-autobiographical novel that tells the story of a 13-year-old schoolyard bully “who finds redemption as he faces what he’s done,” the book’s publisher says in a statement released to MTV. But what inspired the rapper-turned-actor-turned-writer to address the topic in this medium?
“I had a strong desire to write Playground because I wanted to explore how a kid becomes a bully,” 50 (make that “fi-dee”) says. “I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life. This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son [Marquise Jackson], it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers.”
Playground isn’t the rapper’s first foray into the literary world. His best-selling autobiography, From Pieces to Weight, was released in 2005, and in 2008, he co-authored The 50th Law, a book on success that he wrote with The 48 Laws of Power‘s Robert Greene.
The book is slated for release in January of 2012.