Updated: Mar 21
Book Club Based on Late Rapper Nipsey Hussle The Marathon Book Club Reading List
Grammy-nominated artist Nipsey Hussle, a former member of the Rollin 60’s Crips gang had a love for both his music and his good works while using his platform to work with the police to stop gang violence and heavily invested in his neighborhood in South L.A.
In an interview before his death, Hussle spoke about the importance of reading and how it made an impact on his life. Contrarily, on March 31, 2019, the rapper was shot and killed outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles.
In the aftermath of his death, eager fans grasped for ways to honor him. Some painted his face portrait on the sides of buildings, others made the pilgrimage to his shop off Slauson Avenue.
“I didn’t really graduate high school. I left early when I was like 14, but I always had books around me,” he said. “I just read things that I was interested in. I started off reading magazines, that’s how I learned about hip-hop culture outside of L.A.”
“A lot of my best ideas, a lot of my business savvy… came from books. I read books about the industry, I read books about the deals that were done in the industry, and [how] these dudes held out and made certain decisions that empowered them for the rest of their careers.”
The Marathon: Book Club
Los Angeles Times Reports: A fan from Wisconsin created a meme listing all of the books that Hussle had mentioned in interviews, songs, and motivational messages that she had been compiling for years. It includes self-help bestsellers, cult classics, and little-known books by black authors.