My Very Best Writing from 2015


Overall, 2015 was probably my best year as a writer. A lot of great things happened.

I published two new books, Philadelphia and In Defense Of…, and finally gave my first book the respectable cover it always deserved.

I finally started my very own website and moved my reading recommendation list from Tumblr to a newsletter.

I also contributed to more sites than I ever have before – Cuepoint, The Cauldron, Business Insider, MidCentury Modern, and The Musical Outcast to name just a few along with what I wrote here and on my own Medium page. I was also called all sorts of vile names online, so that was fun too.

Writing a few things for Cuepoint was especially a highlight. Long before I was a writer or even a bad rapper, even before I became a teenager, I was a rap superfan and The Source was my bible. Cuepoint is an online magazine founded by the co-founder of The Source and the co-founder of To me, that is hip-hop royalty and to have my work featured alongside amazing journalists (like Paul Cantor) and hip-hop artists (like Talib Kweli) is not only a dream come true, but still hard to believe.

I’ve collected the best things I wrote this year and separated them by category. Some of them were widely read, some of them weren’t. Some of them went all over the place, others received only a handful of readers. Regardless of the reception, I have no doubt that of the hundreds of pieces I wrote over the past twelve months, these are the best.



Random Rap Thoughts

Two Decades On: The 20 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 1995


‘Classic’ Exaggeration

The Chronic vs. 2001

Longevity and Losses: The Complicated Career of LL Cool J

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

20 Classic Hip-Hop Songs for Casual Fans

Jay Electronica Should Never Release an Album

Wu-Tang Beer, Inspectah Deck, and Me

Revisiting the Hip-Hop Class of 1998

Flashback Friday Flop: Encore

The Musical Outcast

Sorry, but There’s No Such Thing as “Real Rap”


The Cauldron

A King Among Men


Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, and the Battle for the Legacy of the Fab Five

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

The Biggest NBA Draft What Ifs

Kobe, Peyton & Tiger Make Us Face Our Own Mortality

Reading & Writing

Business Insider

What Happens When (Virtually) No One Buys Your Book


The Book That Changed My Life

In Celebration of Physical Books

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

My 5 Favorite Hip-Hop Books

Stephen King is Still Underrated

5 Books That Everyone Loved but I Loathed


The Best Books I Read in 2015

TV & Movies


How TV Should Be

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

I’ll Make You Famous: An Appreciation of Young Guns II

Movie What Ifs

Work & Career


Seven Lessons I Learned from Working an Assortment of Odd Jobs

Most College Majors are Overrated

The Problem with Pursuing Perfection

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

Time Maximization: Pursuing One’s Career with a Career and a Family


MidCentury Modern

Nostalgia Porn


Searching for Happiness

The End of Our Youth

Gender (G)app

My Biggest Fear? Retirement

My Words are Weapons

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

The Time I Ruined My Chance at a Threesome

Embarrassing Confessions

Facing Alcoholism: One Year Later



No Streaming: Why I Choose to Control My Media

Diners are Underrated

The Passion of Christopher Pierznik

The One I Was On Stage at a Comedy Club

Unpopular Pop Culture Opinions

Aside from book sales, I don’t get paid for any of this. I do it because I love it and it’s my passion and, it seems, some people like to read what I write. That’s an honor, one that means more to me than anyone will ever know. So thank you all for reading my drivel, for supporting my endeavors, and for interacting with me online. I value every single one of you.

See ya in 2016!

Christopher Pierznik is the author of eight books, all of which can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, and many more. He has been quoted on Buzzfeed and Deadspin. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


By Christopher Pierznik

Christopher Pierznik is the author of 9 books and has contributed to numerous websites on a variety of topics including music, sports, movies, TV, personal finance, and life. He works in corporate finance and lives in northern New Jersey with his family. His dream is to one day be a member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

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