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50 Cent launches G-Unit novellas
50 Cent
Rapper 50 Cent has sold 22 million albums worldwide
Rapper 50 Cent has marked his foray into the world of publishing with a book signing in New York.

The hip hop star, 31, has co-written a series of fictional books featuring characters based on former members of his group G-Unit.

50 Cent, who is due to star in the film New Orleans opposite Robert De Niro next year, appeared at New York's Borders bookstore.

The titles include Death Before Dishonor and Baby Brother.

The books explore similar issues to those that feature in 50 Cent's songs - Death Before Dishonor carries the tagline: "One reason to live. Three reasons to die".

Gangster image

"These tales will tell the truth about 'the life'; the sex, guns and cash; the brutal highs and short lives of the players on the streets," said publishers MTV and Pocket Books.

50 Cent - whose real name is Curtis Jackson - is known for his gangster image and has sold 22 million albums around the world.

He was criticised last year by some who said his film Get Rich Or Die Tryin' condoned violence and gun crime.

Fellow rapper Snoop Dogg has already published the first of what will be a series of novels, Love Don't Live Here No More: Doggy Tales Volume 1.

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