Bullying has been an age-old problem in schools all over the country. Now, it has even taken new forms with technology leading kids to bullying over the Internet. It’s hard to get to the cause of this bullying and fighting, but rapper 50 Cent is trying to make progress with this important subject. 50 Cent has a bullying novel coming out in January, aimed towards young adults called Playground.
According to the The Los Angeles Times the anti-bullying book is semi-autobiographical, as 50 Cent gives kids a look into his childhood. In the past, the Jamaica, Queens native has rapped about crime and drugs in the streets of his hometown. The story is about a 13-year-old bully that needs to face the damage he has caused to people around him.
He told Reuters, “I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life.”
This is not the rappers first book, however. In 2005, he wrote his autobiography, From Pieces to Weight, and then co-authored a book in 2008 with Robert Greene—The 50th Law. 50 Cent has sold over twenty-two million albums, but he hopes to increase his fame in a positive way: by discouraging teens from bullying each other.
In a press conference held yesterday about the book, 50 Cent said he feels that this type of book “would have been very helpful for me growing up…Now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers,” the Los Angeles Times reported.