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.

An article in the L.A. 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.

The reading list wouldn't be complete if we didn't mention the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle which is also available from the library.

Nipsey Hussle Recommended Titles

Between the World and Me
Coates, Ta-Nehisi

Blood in My Eye
Jackson, George

Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
Mackey, John

Contagious: Why Things Catch On
Berger, Jonah

Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
Kocienda, Ken

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas

How to Eat to Live
Elijah Muhammad

I Didn't Do It For You: How the World Betrayed a Small African Nation
Wrong, Michela

Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior
Berger, Jonah

Law and Economics of Vertical Integration and Control
Blair, Roger D.

Manchild in the Promised Land
Brown, Claude

No Man is an Island
Merton, Thomas

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Grant, Adam M.

Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior
Hawkins, David R.

PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America
Anderson, Claud

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
Godin, Seth

Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money—That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not
Kiyosaki, Robert T.

Revolutionary Suicide
Newton, Huey P.

Sacred Woman: A Guide to Healing the Feminine Body, Mind, and Spirit
Afua, Queen

Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton
Seale, Bobby

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Knight, Philip H.

Steve Jobs
Isaacson, Walter

The Art of Seduction
Greene, Robert

The Art of War

I Ching: The Book of Change

Fried, Jason

The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons, and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
Coates, Ta-Nehisi

The Fire Next Time
Baldwin, James

The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
Galloway, Scott

Invisible Man
Ellison, Ralph

The Isis (Yssis) Papers
Welsing, Frances Cress

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
Merchant, Brian

The Peebles Principles: Tales and Tactics From an Entrepreneur's Life of Winning Deals, Succeeding in Business, and Creating a Fortune From Scratch
Peebles, R. Donahue

The Richest Man in Babylon
Clason, George S. (George Samuel)

The Second Sex
Beauvoir, Simone de

The Secret
Byrne, Rhonda

The Spook Who Sat by the Door: A Novel
Greenlee, Sam

The Wretched of the Earth
Fanon, Frantz

The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire
Deida, David

The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding: How to Build a Product or Service Into a World-Class Brand
Ries, Al

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk
Ries, Al

Think and Grow Rich
Hill, Napoleon

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
Ferriss, Timothy

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Coates, Ta-Nehisi

The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love with the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams
Baker, Tommy

The 48 Laws of Power
Greene, Robert

Soul on Ice
Cleaver, Eldridge