The first biography on Nipsey Hussle is headed to bookstores in 2020.
The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle, written by music journalist Rob Kenner, is set for release on March 24 via Atria Books. According to Complex, the unauthorized book will feature on-the-ground reporting and interviews with Nipsey’s family and friends.
“The last time I spoke with Nipsey Hussle, he told me, ‘I ain’t outside giving out jewelry or dropping off bags of money on people, but I’m giving out game,’” says Kenner. “This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention. The Marathon Don’t Stop will also place his accomplishments in proper historical context, giving Nipsey Hussle his rightful place in the history of hip-hop, Los Angeles, and America. It will include interviews with people who haven’t spoken before, as well as insights into the forces that shaped Hussle into the man he became.”
Kenner says he wanted to write a book about Nipsey “long before his tragic death.” A portion of proceeds will go to Nipsey’s estate. “I wanted to do my part to help set the record straight,” explains Kenner. “While this is not an authorized biography, I’ve decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to Nipsey’s estate out of respect.”
Michelle Herrera Mulligan, senior editor at Atria, will edit the biography. “Nipsey has inspired an entire generation of people who have felt invisible in their communities,” she says. “This book will share the blueprint of Nipsey’s success, drawn on the streets where he was raised.”
The 33-year-old rapper was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store on March 31. In the wake of his death, his family has launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, which will continue Nipsey’s efforts in his community. PUMA also released a collaborative collection with his Marathon Clothing brand, with all net proceeds going to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.