• Jalyn Hammond

The Marathon Book Club - Inspired by Nipsey Hussle's Favorite Books


Thousands of fans around the world mourned on March 31, 2019 when news aired that the talented Los Angeles rapper, Nipsey Hussle had been shot and killed.


The rapper was known for uplifting the youth by using encouraging words in his music. Hussle also used references to many books that he’s read throughout his life. These were not ordinary books, they were all empowering books that helped him become a young entrepreneur.


A fan by the name of Simran Kaleka decided to create a list of the many books that Nipsey mentioned in many motivational talks, songs and interviews. Kaleka shared the list of songs via Twitter, which went viral.





Local fan, Rashad Drakeford got inspired and founded The Marathon Book Club. A group of men join together to discuss the books inspired by Nipsey after their readings. More than 60 black and hispanic men created book clubs in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and New York.


Nipsey Hussle had an immense impact on individuals from all walks of life. His words aided in the self-improve people of color.


The readings include Blood In My Eye by George Jackson, who was an inmate- turned activist, after Jackson spent over 10 years in prison for stealing $70. As well as, The Spook Who Sat by The Door written by Sam Greenlee.

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