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"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.’ This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention," Kenner said in an interview with Complex.
"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 said.
The book will be comprised of interviews with Nipsey and his family as well as reported pieces which surrounded his death. The famed Grammy nominee was tragically gunned down in Los Angeles On March 31.
Kenner spent decades as one of the founding editors of Vibe, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Billboard and Complex.
BREAKING: Rapper Nipsey Hussle has been pronounced dead at the hospital after being shot outside his clothing company in south Los Angeles, multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the incident tell @NBCNews. https://t.co/IY2Np29zFm - @anblanx— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 1, 2019
"I knew I wanted to write a book about Nipsey Hussle long before his tragic death. The events of March 31 left me stunned just like the rest of those who cared about him. Since that time, there has been a tremendous outpouring of love for him around the world, but also a fair amount of misinformation and media spin from forces that underestimated him or saw him as a threat," Kenner said.
"I wanted to do my part to help set the record straight. 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," Kenner said.
After the shooting, 29-year-old Eric Holder was arrested and charged for the murder. He is now awaiting trial after pleading not guilty.