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Hip-Hop books to read before the year is over

words by: Kai Acevedo
Nov 4, 2020

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

Released: 2016 

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

Released: 2016

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

Released: 2017

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

Released: 2019

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

Released: 2019

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

Released: 2019

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 

Released: 2019

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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