So did you hear the one where 50 Cent writes a young-adult book about bullying called Playground? No, this one is not a joke. Apparently, 50 wants to explores his inner tween and examine the negative effects of bullying on young people because of his own troubled past.
Good for him. (But wasn't that bullets, not bullying?) Rappers and R&B performers should be supporting the youth through other avenues besides their music. Why in the world wouldn't a hip-hop star make a good young adult novelist?
Still, we'd like to see more rappers and R&B musicians pen books specifically for the pre-pubescent. Here are the top five YA books we'd like to see:
Notorious B.I.G., Twilight: Life After Death
Because of his deep love of dough, Mr. Smalls (posthumously) should release a book specifically for teenyboppers to cash in on the never-ending vampire craze. In Biggie's YA debut, two bloodsuckers from different coasts are plagued by the volatility of having mo' money. This book would inevitably spawn the sequel, Twilight: Born Again.
The Pharcyde, Harry Potter and the Bizarre Ride To the Pharcyde
Just like the Harry Potter series, the Pharcyde haven't been up to anything in what feels like forever (although they did tour last year). The chapter titled "Passing Me By" would be about Harry's distress over Hermoine's choice of Ron.
EPMD, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Unfinished Business
The newly reunited EPMD know that a good thing is never really over. In their version of the tweenster hit book, the pants are passed between the original members of the Hit Squad and they magically fit everyone, except Hurricane G.
Nas, Are You There God's Son? It's Me, Nas
Nas has always had something of a God complex. In this updated version of the Judy Blume classic, Nas has to deal with the everyday issues of growing up, such as religion, jealousy and trying to justify his own opinions even when the whole world is against him. This sounds just like a Nas album, actually.
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Beyonce, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Sasha Fierce
In this re-write, two runaway teens try and crack the case of the missing Sasha Fierce, who is said to have been mysteriously killed during an awkward Allure magazine interview.