April 14, 2021

The Marathon Don't Stop

"In the Tigrinya language of Eritrea, the name Ermias means 'God will rise.'" ~ 12%

Ermias Joseph Asghedom was born on August 15, 1985. The world knows him by a name that sounds phonetically pleasing: Nipsey Hussle. A prolific, self-gifted, hip hop mogul, entrepreneur, artist and activist. In the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, journalist Rob Kenner delves into his life and times, music career and ahead-of-the-times business movement.

Allow me to warn that The Marathon Don't Stop is an emotional read. Rob Kenner explores tough times in Nipsey's life with emphasis on L.A. gang culture, the LAPD, supporting the hood, and street violence. However, it is balanced with many high points. Nonfiction books are not typically page-turners. But I could not put the book down without looking forward to resuming. 

"His was a higher calling. Tangible results—ownership, freedom, justice—those were the things he valued."
 ~ 3%

By the last chapter, I was sad the book came to an end, sad for his family that no doubt miss him and sad for his absence in the music industry. The most emotional part was Kenner pointing out that Nipsey did indeed meet one of his goals (selling out Staples Center) even though he wasn't alive to witness it.

Majority of this well written biography is positive and motivational. It highlights Nipsey's many accomplishments, work ethic and strong family ties. Interviews and quotes are expertly woven into a story that is smooth reading. I recommend pairing reading with playing songs/lyrics that are referenced as well as adding his favorite books to your reading lists. Yes, Nipsey had a love for literature that has inspired book clubs all over the country.

"It's real words behind an experience." ~ 57%

Victory Lap is still in heavy rotation. I listen to at least one song on the album every single day. It was great to read the story behind the lyrics and how it relates to the late artist. The Marathon Don't Stop covers the origin of his name, early career and the impact of his death in the hip hop world, as well as in the city of Los Angeles. It is well researched and celebrates Ermias' life. Well done and thank you, Mr. Kenner.

Whether you are a Nipsey Hussle fan or not, The Marathon Don't Stop is recommended for all. You just gotta read it!

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle
Author: Rob Kenner
Published: March 2021
Pages: 288
Edition: Galley
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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