Regarding his new series, 50 Cent said the show came to be as a result of his recent book about bullying.
“A lot of the times, my childhood experiences help me with projects that I create now,” 50 told HardknockTV. “Like, I created ‘Playground.’ It was a book based on bullying. My son was was telling me a story about something someone next to him was experiencing at school. I found myself explaining it from a perspective where I realized I was the bully. I was like, ‘Damn. How you gonna teach him and you’re tellin’ him…’ So, I wanted to create a book where I made the audience like the bully before I made them realize that his own actions was comin’ from something internal that had nothing to do with those situations…That book was a successful book. And now it has been picked up to become an animated television show on FOX. So, you’ll see it soon.”
During the interview, Fif also expressed his take on what went wrong with G-Unit.
“A lot of people here may not know every member of D-12 by name or every member of the St. Lunatics,” he continued. “But chances are, they recognize who was a part of G-Unit. It’s because I was so conscious of the people around me that, after the first record took off – and Interscope Records really didn’t want – Why do you want a G-Unit record when you can have a 50 Cent record when that one is the largest debuting Hip Hop album? You want another 50 Cent record. So I was adamant about positioning them properly because those crews, D-12 and St. Lunatics, had people that spearheaded them like Eminem and Nelly that had so much success, those projects would take two years before they would finish. They would come out and be such a huge success that they’re traveling and touring with so much going on that their crew would be there and they would turn into those guys that are just in the background…I didn’t want that to happen so I made the G-Unit project at that point and it offered them different things.”
“[I got] to the point where I was writing the music,” 50 added. “Helping them with their albums, putting the right choruses and production around them so they could make the album right. I think that there are certain things you do where you enable people and they feel like you are supposed to do that. This is how we do it, versus they appreciate you actually doing it. So, I made that mistake also.”
More from the interview can be viewed below.
In 2011, 50 spoke on his book, Playground. The emcee then shared similar sentiments. “Because my son is 15 years old, right now, it’s a relevant issue for me.” he said. “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.'”
50 Cent’s relationship with G-Unit has gone through ups and down. The group released their debut album, Beg for Mercy, in 2003. Since then, they have only released one other full length album, 2008’s Terminate On Sight. The group later disbanded over a series of issues. Among these issues, 50 once said he “disabled” some of the group members. He also shared that communication was lost between him and Lloyd Banks. Also, a feud boiled between 50 and former member Young Buck. Similarly, 50 and former G-Unit member Game have been at odds for years. Beyond this, there have been times where Fif has been open to reuniting with members of the original squad. But there have also been times where he’s said a reunion would be unlikely.