Credit: Twitter Photo: 50 Cent Cuddles Up to Some Stuffed Animals While in the Hospital on May 17, 2012

If 50 Cent did share photos of himself in the hospital as a publicity stunt, we hope it’s really for a Madagascar sequel. Otherwise ... why is the rapper surrounded by a stuffed giraffe, elephant, and lion? Does that scream "Gangsta Grillz: The Lost Tape is coming out this Friday!" to you?

Anyway, 50 is definitely getting publicity. He first tweeted on Wednesday, "I'm in the hospital but my gangsta grillz LOST TAPE is done so it will be out on time."

He added, "I don't want to go into surgery. @FloydMayweather call my phone why your phone off." Then on Thursday he tweeted, "I'm feeling better today I think I'm gonna get out of the hospital soon. EMINEM called me last night I love him that's my boy."

With each tweet he shared photos of himself in a hospital bed. Friend DJ Drama told XXLMag.com (via Chron.com) that 50 is battling a “stomach virus" but he planned to be up in running in time to promote their new mixtape, "Gangsta Grillz: The Lost Tape."

Credit: Twitter Photo: 50 Cent in a Hospital Before Surgery on May 16, 2012

“First they wanted to keep it quiet," DJ drama said, "but he’s not a quiet guy. He should be cool. It’s nothing that serious. We still gonna do our promo run stuff."

However, a source told People that this was all just a publicity stunt for the mixtape, which comes out tomorrow.

This seems like an odd way to get publicity — especially the stuffed animals, which kind of send an anti-gangsta message — but that would be better than him really being hospitalized with a stomach ailment. Either way, good luck, Fiddy!

Sources: Twitter, Chron.com, People