June 21st, 2011
05:50 PM ET
Rapper 50 Cent is no stranger to the best-seller list, and now he's trying his hand at fiction. According to MTV, the “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” star is working on a semi-autobiographical novel about bullying called “Playground.”
The book is set to arrive in January from Penguin imprint Razorbill, and will tell the story of a 13-year-old bully who “finds redemption as he faces what he's done.”
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, said in a statement that he wanted to tackle this project because he “wanted to explore how a kid becomes a bully."
"I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life,” he added. “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."
Previously, 50 Cent has written a memoir about his rise from a drug dealer to a famed rapper in “From Pieces to Weight,” as well as a book on success with “48 Laws of Power” author Robert Greene called “The 50th Law.”
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