The Marathon Will Continue: A List Of Books That Impacted Nipsey Hussle’s Life & Way Of Thinking

On May 31st, it will be two months since his passing. Ermias Asghedom, known as Nipsey Hussle was a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many.

At 19, Nipsey’s father took him and his brother Samiel on a trip to Eritrea, East Africa for three months. Nipsey credited the trip with inspiring him to become a community activist with an “entrepreneurial spirit.” Nipsey did more for his community than just handing out turkeys on Thanksgiving. He was involved in his local community, founding and supporting many L.A. businesses and organizations. The companies he and his partners built employed over 40,000 people, many of them ex-convicts who might have had trouble finding a job elsewhere. Apart from his clothing line, he successfully entered tech, real estate, and retail, while navigating the business world of entertainment. Nipsey started out selling his mixtapes for $100 (which including a free ticket to a future show).

Nipsey had a serious interest in technology and providing upcoming tech companies with the tools they needed to develop their business. One of his innovative tech ventures was Vector 90, a co-working space that served as a “cultural and intellectual hub for entrepreneurs and creatives,” while “heightening the economic and social fabric of the neighborhoods” in communities. Vector 90 will stay in operation after his death offering free seminars and networking events as well as mentorship programs for adults and a free STEM program for youth and teens. One of Nipsey’s goals for the center was to provide an outlet for children and young adults o explore technology as a successful career choice rather than getting involved in gang activity.

Nipsey was also big on health, and you know how we get down. Before Nipsey passed, he said in an interview with The Breakfast Club that he was doing a documentary on Dr. Sebi, a herbalist that claimed he could cure aids, arthritis, cancer and other diseases with herbs and an alkaline infused diet. When Nipsey learned of Sebi’s story, it moved him to educate others about the life work of this black healer.

There’s no doubt he made a significant impact on his community. Just after he passed, known LA rivalry gangs came together and called a truce in his name. Fans and friends started a petition to have the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue—where he came up hustling, invested millions, and lost his life—to be named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square. Some fans are even suggesting Crayola rename their blue crayon to “Nipsey Blue” and I honestly couldn’t agree more.

Here’s a list of books he has read or referenced gathered from his Instagram posts, interviews, articles, speaking engagements, and music. A piece of Nipsey lives within all of us, therefore, let us educate and elevate, in his name. The marathon will continue!

  1. A Macat Analysis of Frantz Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks by Rachel Din
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Blood in My Eye by George Jackson
  4. Coded Language by Saul Williams
  5. Conscious Capitalism by John Mackey & Rajendra Sisodia
  6. Contagious by Jonah Berger
  7. Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda
  8. Culture Vultures by Kenyatta Griggs and Damon Dash
  9. Decoded by Jay-Z
  10. Fools by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  11. Guerrilla Marketing by Jay Conrad Levinson
  12. Heal Thy Self by Queen Afua
  13. How to Eat to Live by Elijah Muhammad
  14. I Didn’t Do It For You by Michela Wrong
  15. Invisible Influence by Jonah Berger
  16. Law and Economics of Vertical Integrations and Control by David Kaserman
  17. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson
  18. Manchild in the Promised Land by Claude Brown
  19. Message to The Black Man in America by Elijah Muhammad
  20. No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton
  21. Originals by Adam Grant
  22. Political Economy by Barry Stewart Clark
  23. Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins
  24. Powernomics by Claud Anderson
  25. Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  26. Respect by James Prince
  27. Revolutionary Suicide by Huey P. Newton
  28. Rework by Jason Fried
  29. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
  30. Sacred Woman by Queen Afua
  31. Seize the Time by Bobby Seale
  32. Seven Thousand Ways To Listen by Mark Nepo
  33. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  34. Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson
  35. The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
  36. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  37. The Book of Change by I Ching
  38. The Art & Science of Respect by James Prince
  39. The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  40. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  41. The Four by Scott Galloway
  42. The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  43. The Isis (Yssis) papers by Frances Cress Welsing
  44. The Lost Book of Enoch by David Humphreys
  45. The One Device by Brian Merchant
  46. The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth by R. Donahue Peebles
  47. The Peebles Principles by R. Donahue Peebles
  48. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  49. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
  50. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  51. The Spook Who Sat by The Door by Sam Greenlee
  52. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  53. The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
  54. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries & Laura Ries
  55. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries & Jack Trout
  56. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  57. Three Magic Words by Uell Stanley Andersen
  58. Vertical Integration and Technological Innovation by Yeong Heck Lee
  59. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss
  60. We Were Eight Years In Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  61. 1% Rule by Tommy Baker
  62. 2022 Annunaki Code by Maximillien De Lafayette
  63. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  64. Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
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