50 Cent Hospitalized: Stomach Flu or Publicity Stunt?

05/17/2012 at 05:00 PM EDT

50 Cent Hospitalized: Stomach Flu or Publicity Stunt?
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Is 50 Cent suffering from a stomach bug – or just bugging for some attention?

In a series of recent Tweets, the rapper, 36, says he's on the mend after being hospitalized with what a friend, DJ Drama, told XXLMag.com was a stomach ailment.

"I'm feeling better today I think I'm gonna get out of the hospital soon," 50 Cent wrote Thursday morning on Twitter, alongside a photo of himself in what appears to be a hospital bed.

But a source tells PEOPLE all that talk of hospitalization is just a publicity stunt for the rapper's upcoming mixtape, set for a Friday release, about which he also Tweets.

"I'm in the hospital but my gangsta grillz LOST TAPE is done so it will be out on time," 50 Cent Tweeted on Wednesday.

Later that day, he added: "I don't want to go into surgery." It was not clear, however, whether he did indeed have any procedure done.

When reached, a rep for the rapper did not have any comment.

50 Cent Hospitalized: Stomach Flu or Publicity Stunt?| Health, Music News, 50 Cent

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