As the old adage goes, reading is fundamental. The lifestyles and principles of rap stars have been the focus of many must-read biographies and memoirs. Can you think of a better way to learn how to boss up like your favorite rap mogul than to read their come-up stories? To get a deeper look into the lives, thoughts and careers of some of hip-hop’s most recognizable figures, add these books to your reading list.
Gone Til November: A Journal of Rikers by Lil Wayne
In 2010, Lil Wayne served an eight-month stint at Rikers Island after being convicted on gun charges. Inspired by the entries found in his prison diary, Gone Til November: A Journal of Rikers recounts Wayne’s time behind bars.
$16.99 on Amazon
The Keys: A Memoir by DJ Khaled
Major Key Alert! DJ Khaled delivers his guide to success with The Keys.
$10.19 on Amazon
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
Learn about the ups and downs of the life of Gucci Mane with The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.
$34.45 on Amazon
Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir by Common
Common wants you to feel the love. Often described as one of hip-hop’s greatest poets, Common spreads good vibes and knowledge with his book that focuses on the power of love.
$11.60 on Amazon
JAY-Z: Made in America by Michael Eric Dyson
The life and times, as well as the impact, of Shawn Carter are examined by the great Michael Eric Dyson in this book featuring a foreword by Pharrell Williams.
$12.99 on Amazon
Hurricanes: A Memoir by Rick Ross
Follow one of hip-hop’s biggest bosses on his rise to power with Hurricanes.
$13.99 on Amazon
Dapper Dan: Made In Harlem: A Memoir by Dapper Dan
The tale of Dapper Dan is a rags-to-riches story at its finest. Read about how this modern renaissance man went from Harlem hustler to streetwear pioneer to in-demand Gucci designer.
$19.69 on Amazon
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