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50 Cent Pulls From His Own Life Struggles to Pen Novel About Bullying

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50 Cent is adding to his literary resume with a new book called ‘Playground.’ The book will be told from a first-person point of view and is said to be a semi-autobiographical novel that will focus on the current, hot-button issue of bullying. The target audience for the book is the teen crowd.

The rapper has two other books to his credit: ‘From Pieces to Weight,’ which was an autobiography that addressed his drug-dealing days before he became a multi-Platinum rapper, and ‘The 50th Law,’ a tome about success. But both of those books centered on his personal life story, whereas ‘Playground’ will focus on a 13-year-old schoolyard bully who eventually finds redemption in the face of the things he’s done. It’s a topical, incredibly current subject that makes it likely to fly off the shelves.

‘Playground’ is slated to land on shelves in Jan. 2012.

“I had a strong desire to write ‘Playground’ because I wanted to explore how a kid becomes a bully,” 50 said in an official statement. The rapper recognizes the poignancy and power of a book like this, especially the effect it could have on those who are being bullied right now. He said, “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, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers.”

Those are very noble goals, even if 50 Cent is known for publicizing his beef with fellow rappers and his record label in public forums like music videos and in tweets.

Listen to 50 Cent, ‘Outlaw’

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