Twelve time Grammy-nominated rapper, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, announced on Jan.31 that he plans to write a children’s book.
On Aug. 9, 2005, he released his autobiography, “From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon A Time in Southside Queens,” which chronicled his rise to international stardom. With a memoir under his belt, Jackson wants to venture out into the world of children’s literature.
According to the Rap News Network, “the rapper plans to use his experience of life on the streets-as inspiration for the children’s stories.” Jackson was quoted as saying, “the stories will have a positive message, something that kids can learn from.”
Even Die hard 50 Cent fan, Keri Ann Coore, a senior majoring in engineering at the University of Miami was skeptical of the rapper’s new project.
“A children’s book would be a bit controversial based on the picture he paints of himself,” said Coore. “[The book would be] contradictory to the lyrics he always raps about-guns, violence, killing- not a good role model for young kids,” she said.
Other fans of the rapper have voiced concern about his life-inspired children’s book. Kenneth Mitchell, a freshman majoring in government at
Georgetown University, was unsure about the images that may be portrayed in the book.
“I don’t know about that because it might show kids that they can do whatever they want like drugs, violence, go to jail and still be successful,” Mitchell said.
Jackson has enjoyed the success of a booming rap career, his debut album “Get Rich Or Die Tryin” sold 900,000 copies in its first week and he also has a video game of the same name.
No date has been set for the release of the children’s book.