Nipsey Hussle has been honored in a variety of ways since he was killed on March 31, 2019, and one of those ways comes through something called “The Marathon Book Club.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, book clubs have been set up in different parts of the United States so people can read and discuss the books that Hussle read.
In April of 2019, one of his fans took to Twitter and shared a list of the reading material the late rapper mentioned in his songs and other places. And today, “The Marathon Book Club” has chapters in Washington, D.C., New York, Oakland, and Los Angeles.
Some of the books the fan listed include “Blood in My Eye” by George Jackson, “How To Eat To Live” and “Message to the Black Man in America,” both by Elijah Muhammad, “The Way of the Superior Man” by David Deida, and “The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing” by Al Ries and Jack Trout.
“We read a lot of books together,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “We inspired each other to be better versions of ourselves. He was a truth seeker and a truth speaker.”
On Sept. 2 of last year, The Game shared one of his many Instagram posts about Hussle’s death and said he often encouraged him to read.
“My last few times spent in his presence, it was all smiles, laughs and jokes,” he wrote. “He stayed trying to get me to read books and strengthen my knowledge in all areas of life. A specific time was earlier this year in the studio parking lot. I was coming and he was going.”
“We stopped, dapped, hugged each other and proceeded to walk off, and when I got to the studio door he said, ‘Chuck, you read that book I told you to get?'” added the Compton rapper.
Hussle was killed in front of his Marathon Clothing Store in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles, close to where he grew up.
The suspect, Eric Holder, was captured two days later in Bellflower, California, about 20 miles southeast of the clothing store. He’s still behind bars awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty.