Like father, like son? Not at all, says Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent. The rapper/actor/author talks about how very different he and his son are in the latest issue of Jet magazine
The following is an excerpt from 50’s interview with JET:
50 Cent on being a bully and his new book, 50 Cent: Playground, The Mostly True Story of a Reformed Bully:
“I was [a bully] at different points during my childhood,” the 36-year-old shares. “I was dealing with my emotions the wrong way. From a child’s perspective, you don’t understand. As an adult, you get that’s not the way to deal with things.”
The story follows Butterball, a youngster who hits a kid on the playground… with a sock full of batteries. Butterball comes from a broken household and is dealing with relocating and feelings of powerlessness. “It’s for everyone,” he adds.
On his son Marquise:
Though father and son grew up in the dichotomous worlds of poverty and privilege, there is one commonality: the focus on intelligence. Jackson assigns his son books to read during the summer and sends him excerpts of material to read during the school year, then calls him to discuss it. Moreover, Marquise, his son, is afforded the opportunity to be taught by the best because Jackson lives what others teach.
“My son is 15, and I have conversations with him about things like this. He isn’t being bullied, but he meets people who have expectations of him because of the aggressive energy that I have and the content of the material I create. They look at him like he’s supposed to be like that,” he shares. “But he’s not. He doesn’t even know what it feels like to need for something. When we didn’t have any money, he was too young to notice.”
Read more in the latest issue of Jet magazine, on newsstands on October 24th.