The rapper who was shot in the face nine times is speaking out about adolescent bullying. In January, 50 Cent is set to release a new book called Playground.
The story focuses on a 13-year-old boy who stops bullying others after he learns that his actions were severely harmful.
“I had a strong desire to write Playground because I wanted to explore how a kid becomes a bully,” the rapper said in a statement announcing the book. “I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life."
From the numerous news stories about bullied children and young people committing suicide, the issue is more than just child's play.
Almost 30 percent of U.S students will experience being bullied during their lifetime, and every year almost 168,000 students miss school to avoid being bullied. Past studies have found that bullying is linked to failing grades, dropping out of school and mental health issues.
In 2005, 50 published an autobiography called, From Pieces to Weight. In it he talked about growing up in Jamaica, Queens, and how his mother, a drug dealer, was murdered when he was just eight years old. The only heroes in the neighborhood were either the bullies or drug dealers.
In 2009, 50 Cent co-wrote, with author Robert Greene, The 50th Law, a spinoff of Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power.
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