Reformed gangsta rapper 50 Cent appeared on “Today” to discuss his upcoming children’s book, “Playground,” which tackles school bullying from the bully’s perspective. Fiddy, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, admitted that he once was a bully and hopes to connect with kids who might be bullying others.
“I had more experiences where I was a part of the problem, where I was actually bullying,” he said. “To know now from an adult’s perspective and be able to write things, I can look back on those actual situations and say, ‘That was completely wrong.’ But I know what was motivating it now.”
50 Cent also said that his book might actually make a difference in the fight against school bullying because his fan base respects and will listen to him: “When I present something, it’s different, because of the energy and material I created in my music. A lot of the times, the kids that would actually be a problem are listening. When I offer it, they’ll take the time to stop and read it.”
A couple of weeks ago, 50 Cent and his company Street King donated enough money to the United Nations World Food Program to feed one million hungry children. Do you think more members of the hip-hop community should follow his lead?