50 Cent is expanding his empire with his latest book release. A dapper Curtis Jackson sat down with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on the “Today” show to promote his first young adult novel Playground, inspired by his own adolescence as a teenage bully.
He thought of his son Marquis when writing the book, in stores November 1. “Because my son is 15 years old, [bullying is] a relevant issue for me,” he said. “I wrote it because I want to do something about it.”
50 admits to being a bully as a kid, but he has learned from his past. “I can look back on those actual situations and say that was completely wrong. But I know what was motivating it now.”
It was Marquis who turned the former drug dealer’s life around. “My son, he’s my motivation. When he was born, I had to change everything.”