*The soon-to-be tattooless 50 Cent will trace his family roots as part of an upcoming VH1 Rock Doc titled “50’s Roots,” the network announced.
The rapper, based in South Jamaica, Queens, will head to the deep south and meet with living family members en route to discovering more about his slave lineage.
The “Rock Doc” is being produced in conjunction with 50 Cent and Roadside Entertainment and is part of 44 new shows VH1 unveiled today for 2010.
The new programming reflects a study VH1 conducted, to gain insight into what viewers of the network actually wanted to see.
“They told us that they want to connect even more with our characters, our artists and our celebrities – but in a more genuine way,” said Tom Calderone, President of VH1. “They still enjoy VH1’s signature sense of fun and irreverence, but they also want more storylines that reflect the issues and challenges they are experiencing in their own lives.”
An airdate for “50’s Roots” was not announced.
Meanwhile, the rapper-turned-actor is in the process of removing his multitude of tattoos so that he can spend less time in the makeup chair on future movie sets.
“It cuts down on the amount of time I have to spend in makeup covering them up,” 50 told People.com.
Still, don’t expect him to rid himself of all the ink. His arms may be tattoo free, but 50’s vowed to keep a tattoo on his back.