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The Marathon Don't Stop

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The Marathon Don't stop the Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle: This “beautiful tribute to a legendary artist” (Quincy Jones) is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up.

For Nipsey Hussle, “The Marathon” was more than a mixtape title or the name of a clothing store; it was a way of life, a metaphor for the relentless pursuit of excellence and the willpower required to overcome adversity day after day. Hussle was determined to win the race to success on his own terms, and he wanted to see his whole community in the winner’s circle with him.

A moving and powerful exploration of an extraordinary artist, The Marathon Don’t Stop places Hussle in historical context and unpacks his complex legacy. Combining on-the-ground reporting and candid interviews, “Rob Kenner has given us the book the world—and hip-hop and pop culture—has been waiting for…one that should be celebrated alongside the best biographies ever about iconic figures we have loved—and lost” (Kevin Powell, author of When We Free the World).

About the Author

Rob Kenner is one of the most prolific and influential voices in hip hop publishing. A founding editor of Vibe, Kenner joined the start-up team of Quincy Jones’s groundbreaking hip hop monthly in 1992.

During a nineteen-year run at Vibe he edited and wrote cover and feature stories on iconic cultural figures ranging from Tupac Shakur to Barack Obama as well as writing the acclaimed column Boomshots.

Kenner’s writing has appeared in ComplexGeniusMass AppealPigeons & PlanesEgo TripPoetry magazine, The New York Times, and Billboard. He’s also produced and directed documentary shorts on the likes of De La Soul, Nas, and Post Malone.

As an editor at Vibe Books, Kenner worked on the New York Times bestseller Tupac Shakur and contributed to The Vibe History of Hip Hop. He went on to co-author VX: 10 Years of Vibe Photography and produced the book Unbelievable, a biography of The Notorious B.I.G. by Cheo Hodari Coker, which was optioned for the motion picture Notorious.

The Marathon Don't Stop Introduction

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—Nipsey Hussle, “Outro,” The Marathon Continues (2011)

Lauren London walked gracefully to the podium inside the Staples Center, wearing a long white dress and dark glasses. This building held many fond memories for her and Nipsey Hussle. They loved sitting together courtside at Lakers games. Only two months earlier she’d come here with him for the sixty-first annual Grammy Awards when his official debut, Victory Lap, was nominated for Best Rap Album.

Lauren had worn white that night too; Nipsey was regal in his black tux and velvet loafers with gold tassels. A red carpet correspondent said the couple looked like they were on top of a wedding cake. “Wow, okay, we’ll take that,” Nip replied.1 Boog just smiled. He called her Boog, short for L-Boogie. Eventually she would go by a new name. “Forever and even after,” she declared, “call me Lady Hussle.

The vibe was different as she crossed the stage on April 11, 2019. Had she ever heard the place so quiet?

On this occasion Lauren was accompanied by Samantha Smith, Hussle’s younger sister. Nip’s close friend, “shadow,” and longtime bodyguard J Roc towered behind them in a black suit and matching cap, his golden All Money In medallion glinting over his black tie. Nip’s little homie BH stood by silently, a blue rag tied around his braids. At the center of the stage, Lauren’s beloved lay in a casket like a fallen king, surrounded by a profusion of blue, white, and purple flowers beneath an oversize AMI logo. “Never was I prepared for anything like this,” she began. “So bear with me, y’all.

Unseen voices cried out, offering support from all over the cavernous arena. Take your time, Lauren!

On a large screen above her appeared a portrait of Hussle and Boog glowing together on the set of his “Double Up” video, in which he played a hustler on the rise and she played the girlfriend who tries to learn the game but folds under pressure—a far cry from the strength she was showing now. On either side of that image was Awol Erizku’s full-length portrait of Nipsey from “California Love,” the magical photo spread about “the people’s champ of West Coast hip-hop and New New from ATL” that appeared in GQ magazine soon after the Grammys.

The piece was a rare public celebration of this intensely private power couple. “Our Grandchildren will frame this,” Lauren wrote when she shared an image from the story on Instagram. There she sat, resplendent on a white horse in the streets of the Crenshaw District, her man by her side like some valiant knight from a storybook, Nip Hussle the Great. Their life seemed very much like a fairy tale at that precise moment. And then on March 31, everything changed.

With their three beautiful children, generations of extended family, and another twenty thousand or so mourners hanging on every word, Lauren somehow made it through her eulogy without breaking down. A million and one emotions flashed across her face as she spoke. “I know everyone’s hurting,” she said, “but I’d like to say something to my city, Los Angeles. Y’all from L.A., stand up.

Without hesitation, twenty thousand people moved as one, rising and cheering for her, for Hussle, for themselves. “Because this pain is really ours,” she said. “We know what Nip meant to us. We lost an incredible soul, we lost someone very rare to us, and we lost a real one. And we won’t ever be the same.

Lauren’s voice grew just a little bit stronger as she began channeling Hussle’s words: “He used to always say this,” she said with a confident flourish. “The game is gonna test you. Never fold. Stay ten toes down. It’s not on you; it’s in you. And what’s in you they can’t take away. And he’s in all of us.

Sparked by the spirit, the Staples Center erupted in applause once more. Lauren let the sound die down before continuing, in a softer voice now. Hand on heart, she directed her closing remarks to her man. “And to Ermias, the love of my life, you know what it is,” she said. “Grief is the final act of love. My heart hears you. I feel you everywhere. I’m so grateful that I had you. I love you beyond this earth, and until we meet again, the Marathon continues!


—Nipsey Hussle, “Victory Lap,” Victory Lap (2018)

Hussle’s three-word rallying cry and the #TMC hashtag have become a universally recognized inspirational mantra. At this point “the Marathon” is much more than the title of a mixtape series or the name of the successful business that Hussle and his brother Blacc Sam built brick by brick in the heart of a community where so many others had given up. “While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair,” Barack Obama wrote in his tribute to Hussle, “Nipsey saw potential.

The final musical performance at the Celebration of Life was “Real Big,” one of the first songs Hussle recorded for his debut album, Victory Lap. Standing at the foot of the casket, Marsha Ambrosius summoned all her strength and sang cascades of coloratura through a black veil as Hussle’s mother danced with the ancestors, Ase! Ase! Her son’s voice floated in through the Staples Center sound system, blending with Marsha’s voice almost like they did on the album, which had seen a 2,776 percent spike in sales since Hussle’s murder. “I knew one day I would do it real big,” Nipsey Hussle sang. “Real shit, real shit, I know all my real niggas feel this.”

It was all too much for Ralo Stylez. “I got up out of there,” says Hussle’s high school classmate, who became one of his earliest musical collaborators. “That song made me cry, bro. I couldn’t listen to it after he died. That song is our story. He really summed up the whole feeling of what it’s like to be from over here.” As the co-producer of standout Victory Lap tracks “Dedication” and “Young Niggas,” Ralo benefits financially from the explosion of interest in Hussle’s music, but he’s not content with the money. “I’m embittered by it,” he says. “If I get a check, I’ll be happy, then I’ll cry, and then I’ll spend the money real fast. It’s destructive energy on my life,” he says with a mirthless laugh. “Just because of the connotation of what’s involved and how this all went down. Like ‘Damn, why didn’t they give him this respect while he was alive?

The Marathon is the ultimate test of endurance in every sense: mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, economically. It represents competing in the race of life and being in it to win it, against all odds, for the duration—much longer than 26.2 miles. “That’s why we call it a Marathon,” Hussle explained. “Cause we ran a lot of laps.” It was a race Nipsey Hussle was determined to win by all means necessary, and he wanted to see his whole community in the winner’s circle with him. Still, the Marathon is not a team sport. You can get support from your crew and train together, but nobody else can run those laps for you. Even in a crowded field, the long-distance runner goes it alone, testing their character and spirit as much as their physical limits, pushing for a personal best, competing against themselves and the clock. Tick-tick-tick.

Before Hussle rebranded the ultimate Olympic event, the concept of the marathon had a long history rooted in sacrifice and struggle. According to legend, the footrace was inspired by Pheidippides, a young messenger who was dispatched from a bloodstained battlefield in the ancient city of Marathon, where vastly outnumbered Greek troops miraculously defeated invading forces sent by the mighty Persian Empire in 490 BC. After running all the way to Athens—a distance of some 150 miles, nearly six modern-day marathons—the exhausted messenger announced the glorious victory, then collapsed and died on the spot. The tragic story inspired paintings and poetry, and eventually, the race was created as a way to honor Pheidippides’s heroism.8

Going the distance meant summoning the courage to confront one’s fears. “It stands for stayin’ down,” Hussle said. “Not quittin’, acceptin’ the ups and downs of whatever game you commit yourself to and ridin’ it out, you feel me? Because that’s the reality of success or greatness, that it comes with a roller coaster ride.

Nobody saw Nipsey Hussle coming. Not just in the sense of his being a “slept-on rapper,” although he was that too—especially outside of Los Angeles. The whole world slept on Nipsey. The rap game slept. The media slept. Even his own neighborhood slept on that man. He deserved more support than he got. More airplay. More respect. Less police harassment. Less hate—and more life. Most of all he deserved more life.

Few recognized the audacity of his vision until it began to unfold. Blinded by low expectations, many mistook this tatted-up Slauson Boy, who repped East Africa as hard as he did the Rollin’ 60s Neighborhood Crips, for your average aspirational street entrepreneur. They overlooked his discipline, underestimated his focus, miscalculated his capacity to hustle and motivate, to study and model self-empowerment and “get it straight up out the mud.” Even though it was written right there on his face: PROLIFIC. And just below that, by his right temple: GOD WILL RISE.

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EditionInternational Edition
ISBN1982140291, 978-1982140304
Posted onMarch 1, 2022
Page Count464 pages
AuthorRob Kenner

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The Marathon Don't stop the Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle: This “beautiful tribute to a legendary artist” (Quincy Jones) is the first in-depth biography of Nipsey Hussle, the hip-hop mogul, artist, and activist whose transformative legacy inspired a generation with his motivational lyrics and visionary business savvy—before he was tragically shot down in the very neighborhood he was dedicated to building up.


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