50 Cent Promotes Anti-Bullying Book "Playground," Admits He Was A Bully

Fif appeared on "The Today Show" this morning and spoke about why fatherhood prompted him to change his views on bullying and teen violence.

This morning (October 25) rapper/actor/author 50 Cent briefly appeared on NBC's The Today Show. The Queens, New York Rap superstar spoke about his new book, Playground, a novel for teens on bullying. Asked why teens may take an interest in the issue, the G-Unit Records CEO stated, "When I present something, it's a little different," stressing that younger readers may pay attention.

Also a father, 50 Cent explained with his speckled past, including arrests and shootings, why he would feel so inclined to speak about an issue like bullying. "Because my son is 15 years old, right now, it's a relevant issue for me." Fif continued, noting that even as an adolescent, he was more of a bully than a victim. "I had more experiences where I was part of the problem. To now have an adult's [perspective], I can [look back] and say 'that's wrong.'"

Playground by 50 Cent and Lizzie Akana releases November 1 on Razorbill Books.

Watch the interview below.

46 Comments

  • Charisserudolph

    Words Hit Hard as a Fist, With 18 tips on How to STOP being Bullied. It is sad when a young person gives up on life. My book was dedicated to a young man where I live by the name of Seth Walsh who took his life while I was finishing my new book. There are skills that we all need to know. In my new book Words Hit Hard as a Fist With 18 Tips on How to STOP being Bullied, I teach kids how to "take the bull by the horns." I share information on how to communicate clearly so others don't take defense,I explain what boundaries are and how to draw the line, and how to gain teen-esteem. I give advice on acceptance and tolerance, as well as information about 24 teen challenges all teenagers will face, I give resources and I share a hotline for quick advice. You can get it at Balboa Press, a Division of Hay House or Amazon or download it. The weekend of Nov. 11th, in Tampa Florida, My books will be displayed at a Hay House publishing conference, called, I Can Do It! My goal is to get a copy into every Middle and High School Library.

  • Charisserudolph

    Words Hit Hard as a Fist, With 18 tips on How to STOP being Bullied. It is sad when a young person gives up on life. My book was dedicated to a young man where I live by the name of Seth Walsh who took his life while I was finishing my new book. There are skills that we all need to know. In my new book Words Hit Hard as a Fist With 18 Tips on How to STOP being Bullied, I teach kids how to "take the bull by the horns." I share information on how to communicate clearly so others don't take defense,I explain what boundaries are and how to draw the line, and how to gain teen-esteem. I give advice on acceptance and tolerance, as well as information about 24 teen challenges all teenagers will face, I give resources and I share a hotline for quick advice. You can get it at Balboa Press, a Division of Hay House or Amazon or download it. The weekend of Nov. 11th, in Tampa Florida, My books will be displayed at a Hay House publishing conference, called, I Can Do It! My goal is to get a copy into every Middle and High School Library. www.theleadershiplady.com

  • Azad Jakhar

    Stfu lame homo where's ur career

  • big timer

    check these hot rhymes baby... im in the streets where i do my dance saw the police coming so i pooped my pants get jacked everyday always lose my cash cornhole get stuffed, u can say i use my ass

  • cmon fif

    lol g unit dick riders

  • Nico 3

    The bully is now the bullied... Fans can't stand you.

  • boss

    despite what I think of his music I give the man the respect he deserves for the good hes been doing as of late, people forget that there are things outside of the internet hip hop community where real problems are still around

  • Blocka

    Marcus is 15? Wow, time flies.

  • jr88

    why are people saying "he is still a bully" ?????......THIS IS HIP HOP!!!!!!! there is a big diffrence between teen bullying and hip hop......HIP HOP WAS BUILT ON COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER!!!!!! i will admitt some of 50 beefs were pointless but its fuckin hip hop!!!!!!!! ross was the one that started the beef with 50 dont forget that>>>>> most of you on here listen to just drake or wayne so most of you guys are soft as hell...

  • SmackAllWhacks

    House Nigga,look @ this chimp-all his 32 hanging out. Stupid fool

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    Yea I'm sure folks didn't know he was a bully, yea he's doing good ish now, so it's all good.. Got to be a part of the solution and not the problem, and he's trying to do that so he gets props from me.. I wouldn't mind pitching this guy a few business ideas, make a lot of moola together...

  • Gunitinthehouse

    That's right the general been bullying. look how scared the young hunnies general is after being punked and he takes off to the skate park to cry in his secret cave. Gunit fanbase >>>>>>Young Hunnies fanbase. It's the unit bitches...

  • chamberland

    50 is a pretty smart guy, you gotta give him some respect for being a bit of a role model. Rappers are far more influential than almost anyone because kids that can get into that hood life actually listen to them.

  • DL Dub

    How has noone said anything about his played out micro cornrows? Dude nobody's worn those since you were bullying in high school. Nah I'm being hyperbolic but still, way behind in that ugly ass baby hair line up, with the tiny cornrows. Why you couldnt just pick your afro for the today show I dont know... Anyway this dude is definitely still a bully? Anybody heard of a Young Buck Album yet? Does his baby momma have another house yet or is that one burned down too?

  • random dude

    50 cent is just turning out to be that nigga, hes just doing all kinds of relevant stuff for the people isnt he.

  • Laura Linder

    Fif, I was so impressed by your interview this morning with Hoda and Cathy....so happy that you are in a position to 'make a change'! If you get a minute I would love you to see the anti-bullying video we made last year...my daughter has a brain anyerysm and was bullied at school (several girls tried to flush her head in the toilet during school), so we decided to take the focus off of the bullies and design a program that rewards those children doing kind acts. Would love to help you promote your book if we can along with our Little Acts of Kindness Project. Our friends in the band 'Here II Here' allowed us to use their song 'Time IV Change' and we made this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUVmA7Si-4Q Hope you enjoy it. Thank you for helping us to make a change in this world! We love you!

  • Anonymous

    Bitch ass nigga!!!

  • uhh

    To people calling him a hypocrite because he "is a bully:" when it comes to his music, he is a different person. I'll bet the director of Scarface was never in the drug game, and neither was al pacino. At the end of the day it's entertainment and, like movies, there's ones based off a true story and ones that are there to let to bare witness to shit getting shot up/blown up for entertainment purposes. This is fif when he's not behind the mic. I say he's doing a good thing here.

  • Anonymous

    He talked about Master P now he doing the same thing P doing lol.

  • Flow Master

    I'm an up and coming rapper check my lyrics: Dont fuck around leave em past murked shitting on these rappers i be shittin til my ass hurts big dick and some money in my cash purse every verse is better than my last verse spread my fuckin cheeks and all you see is ass dirt Tell me how it sounds

    • Flow Master

      You don't know nothing about music im buzzin like a cousin my shit is banging heavy in the streets its just not that typical shit you're used to try to think outside the box

    • Talk of NY

      Damn son, that shit sounds homo. Shittin till my ass hurts? Spread my fuckin cheeks? my cash purse? you can't be serious. Every verse is better than my last verse? that shit was weak. Go back to the drawing board kid. That shit was mad wack.

    • Flow Master

      Well haters gonna hate so put em on elimidate

    • Fizzy

      It sounds like ass dirt. Now beat it punk

  • Anonymous

    50 is still a bully smh dude below pretty much summed it up. im glad ross over came his bully. from underdog to boss. karma's a bitch

    • King Oduduwa

      Man, you know he is playing the "anti-bully game" to get paid. That's in now, and while he looks good, or pretends to be, your public relations looks good to attract consumers. Plus, you know you read the 50th law. Damn. Haters can't see straight. Stop hating. That's all.

  • fake

    This guy say's he isn;t a Bully in the sense of violence or whatever, but yet HE STILL IS A BULLY.. The guy is always baiting people and starting shit with them He still is very immature, the guy still has feuds that for some reason he won't ever let go of, even though it's been years and the artists he has feuds with have moved on but he still holds a grudge for some stupid reason. This guy is a Bully, whether he think he is or isn't, maybe not in the sense he is talking about, but in the publics eye this guy has always come across as arrogant bully

  • murdock

    Hes rich hes a grown man now has a son thats 15.Things like that change people he went from the streets to a mansion.How many crimes or violence comes from being broke?Im gonna say its in the 90 percent range.Not too many people well off are actin a fool.

  • Anonymous

    50 still is a bully though. It's nice that he can admit to past bad behavior but he hasn't changed

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, he admitted he was a bully and learned. that doesn't make him a hypocrite.

  • Anonymous

    "I'll whoop ya azz, boy, you know that I will....I'll whoop ya azz boy.your man can get killed". FUckin' hypocrite. Get outta here with your we are the world shit. Your claims are as effective as Jim Jones telling people to drink his kool-aid.

  • 50CentFan

    Yeah this is all well said and done about anti-bullying but coming from a man who makes Gangsta Rap and glorifys the use of guns and murder? Pffft.

    • Anonymous

      At the same time then, Anonymous, we shouldn't criticize people for being "not real" if we're acknowledging that much of music is just acting.

    • Anonymous

      its just music. what next you gonna bitch at al pacino for promoting anti violence because he has violent roles? fuck out of here

    • milehighkid303

      I don't know if he "glorifies" it as much as he just gives "insight" on it, respect the comment though bruh. I just think its cool hes doing this kind of stuff.

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