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Books that Inspired Nipsey Hussle

Keith Kesler, Social Media Librarian, Public Relations Department,
street mural of rapper Nipsey Hussle
Hussle & Motivate was the motto of the slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, tribute mural near the end of LA's Arts District on Violet Street near Mateo St. Photo credit: Joey Zanotti

Nipsey Hussle was a rapper, entrepreneur, and community activist from Los Angeles. In March of 2019, Hussle was fatally shot outside his store Marathon Clothing.

A recent article in the LA Times highlighted Nipsey Hussle’s love of books. The discussion was kickstarted by @theSIMSITY on Twitter compiling the list of books Nipsey Hussle mentioned in interviews and songs. This book list has inspired the creation of the Marathon Book Club where participants discuss the books that inspired Nipsey Hussle. We’ve made the list library friendly and included links to books in our collection so you can check out any of these books for free.

Nipsey Hussle Recommended Titles

Isaacson, Walter

Fried, Jason

Welsing, Frances Cress

Clason, George S. (George Samuel)

Beauvoir, Simone de

Byrne, Rhonda

Cleaver, Eldridge