Nipsey Hussle Biography 'The Marathon Don’t Stop' On The Way
By Peyton Blakemore
October 8, 2019
An in-depth biography about Nipsey Hussle's life and legacy is in the works.
Music journalist Rob Kenner is currently writing The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle, a book that will feature "on-the-ground reporting and interviews" with the late rapper and activist's friends and family, Complex reports.
“The last time I spoke with Nipsey Hussle, he told me, ‘I ain’t outside giving out jewelry or dropping off bags of money on people, but I’m giving out game,'" Rob told Complex. "This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention. The Marathon Don’t Stop will also place his accomplishments in proper historical context, giving Nipsey Hussle his rightful place in the history of hip-hop, Los Angeles, and America. It will include interviews with people who haven’t spoken before, as well as insights into the forces that shaped Hussle into the man he became."
He added, "Ultimately, though, this is a book about his life. My purpose is to lift up the best parts of Nipsey Hussle’s legacy so that they will live on and inspire others."
The esteemed hip-hop journalist, who's a founding editor of VIBE and whose work has also appeared in The New York Times, Complex, Billboard, and more also discussed what drove him to write a book dedicated to the late, great artist, whose tragic passing shocked the world. "I knew I wanted to write a book about Nipsey Hussle long before his tragic death," Rob shared. "The events of March 31 left me stunned just like the rest of those who cared about him. Since that time, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love for him around the world, but also a fair amount of misinformation and media spin from forces that underestimated him or saw him as a threat."
"I wanted to do my part to help set the record straight," he continued. "While this is not an authorized biography, I’ve decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to Nipsey’s estate out of respect."
The biography is set to arrive on March 24, 2020, just one week shy of the one year anniversary of Nipsey's death.
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