First chapters of 50 Cent's novel, 'Playground' -- EXCLUSIVE


Rapper and mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is trying his hand at writing for teens and doing good at the same time. Jackson’s partially autobiographical novel Playground, following a troubled 13-year-old named Butterball, touches on his own experience being a former bully. As Jackson writes in the introduction — also excerpted below — one of the purposes of this book is to “show a kid who has become a bully — how and why that happened, and whether or not he can move past it.” See below for the first three chapters of Playground:

Playground will be released Nov. 1.

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  • Shelly

    I really like it so far. Butterball is a contradiction. Good story for middle school and teens.

    • Nicole

      Greatt book so far it seems to real I like it though keep up the good work 50.

      • lori

        its too bad I didn’t learn eubonics to read this masterpiece

    • Nikki

      @ lori, too bad that you are one dimensional. Its your lack of diversity that makes you a stale personality and most likely unemployable. We had to learn Shakespare, poetry and other forms of literature. Our flexibility in learning and acceptance of different cultures are what make us great well rounded people.

      • Dee

        lol…love it Nikki…

      • Tara

        @LORI…not sure why you are saying you need to learn eubonics to “read this masterpiece”. I think it is written pretty well. It “sounds” like many YA novels I have read; from the teenage point of view. P.S. I am a librarian and have read thousands of books. My 2 cents added to 50 Cent! All the best!

  • butterball2

    good Job 50 more of these stars need to give back to thiere communitys not cause they owe them but because its the circle of life too help the youth and make them smarter and stronger

  • @chasedamoney

    ya struggle made you a genius bro I peep u had ties with the 48 laws of power also ima make sure i go buy this book

  • Detroit dan

    50 is one of a kind the 50th law told it all hes a real hood dude crack n guns type and grew into a success i appreciate 50 cent more then any other rapper he got rich and didnt die tryin lol

  • jerry

    TIGHT work Fif i like, good job always. Butterball, i know kids like him back in my days sucks for
    Maurice homey seem innocent.

  • Dee

    What I love about Curtis is that he has made treasury of his tragic life, and he is praiseworthy of all honors. Now, whether or not this book or his next book, movie or music sells millions .. . Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent is a wHe is an American Idolinner on every level by every Global standard … . This story is a relatable page turner. All the best to you Curtis.

  • Dee

    What I love about Curtis is that he has made treasury of his tragic life, and he is praiseworthy of all honors. Now, whether or not this book or his next book, movie or music sells millions .. Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent is an American Idol and a global winner. This story is a relatable page turner. All the best to you Curtis.

  • tyronda b

    nice…really interest me, i could picture the scene. and depend on how deep the book go it could really hlp bullies and the bullied…i was on both ends at on time in my life. i bullied kids my age then got bullied by olded kids..which made me see what i was doing to others.

    • lafonda

      can I get a minute eh? yo soula girl.. im president charlie

  • sherika

    First 3 chapter is good I would most definitely buy this book for my nephew to read

  • Daniel

    WoW i dont even read but this was actually good Great job Fif

  • Kelvin

    Pretty interesting stuff. I’m reading this simply because I thought The 50th Law was one of the best books I’d read in the 2000’s. Fiddy Cent’s range is extraordinary. My son is a fan of his music, and he says that he’d wish that Fiddy would get back to music, because he doesn’t care about music and has other things on his mind. Me personally, I’d rather he do this kind of stuff and try and provide 1 billion meals in Africa. I gladly allow my son to enjoy whatever Fiddy now does, he’s become a great role model.

    • M@NEY-OFA

      Kelvin , Awe I like your comment ..-reading with your son or daughter is very important. Will your son be joining us this summer in our summer reading event. prize $100.00 .. PS My favorite part of the book is .. The NEW SNEAKERS..

  • s. libby rose

    He’s off to a good start. If you’re a fan of novels about the gritty side of teen life, you might try One Bad Mother. It’s a thriller about a teen mom’s battle to keep her son out of felonious “baby daddy’s” hands. Available on Kindle for only 99 cents. The cover alone is worth checking out.

  • William Jenkins III

    50 continues to break new ground and stays keeping it one hundred. Good Stuff man…will definitely support this latest project. Black and Proud.

  • Birch

    Are you people nuts? This is poorly-written crap that wouldn’t see the light of day if this guy wasn’t famous.
    It’s too bad so many quality authors never see the light of day thanks to these so-called celebs and their literary aspirations.
    50 Cent is a horrible rapper and an even worse author.

    • Kelvin

      He’s not a great novelist. This is known. His perspective and charisma is what is attracting the people to this.

      • ZeeZee

        If you don’t believe he’s not a great novelist and the only reason people are drawn to the books becasue of his perspective and charisma, then you are sadly mistaken. Because this book is real life-this happens around the world in schools if you don’t open your eyes. Kids fighting each other, ignoring authority. 50 actually has a good voice, and if you really hear, then you might actually notice that’s it’s not all about the fame, but the children. The children aren’t what we think of them now, today, they want to be more like an adult, like to do drugs or have sex. Also, it is unfair; just because 50 is famous doesn’t mean he can’t write a good book, and if you think this, then you have shut your eyes to having faith in these kinds of people, people that might actually save and reach out to the children around the world.


    OK I was not finished reading yet… want the rest of the story. I read often and so do my kids. I want my son to read this when its released. Please make Kindle and Audible versions also. Good Job Boo Boo

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