The November 2016 edition of my monthly reading review newsletter. Continue reading… Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, Fatherly, Hip Hop Golden Age, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.
“I used to always read with a pen in my hand, as if the author and I were in a conversation.” ― Tara Bray Smith
It’s Friday. (More than) half the country is in a funk. Thanksgiving is next week. Work is crazy. So, instead of obsessing over politics or reading another essay about how to hack your way to greatness, I thought I’d just go light today and run down a list of my favorites.
On page one of John Grisham’s new novel, The Whistler, we’re introduced to a character that is napping. It’s fitting, because this book will put you to sleep.
Whether or not Jay-Z is the greatest rapper of all time is a matter of debate (he’s certainly in the conversation), he’s undoubtedly the most successful and influential rapper in history.
The formerly Nasty Nas made a name for himself as a featured artist.
Some have proclaimed André 3000 to be one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time, an especially impressive honor considering he’s never officially released a solo album (The Love Below was basically a lone LP but it was still packaged, marketed, and sold as an Outkast project).
Of all the things one can say about 2Pac, both positive and negative, something that no one can deny is that he was probably the most prolific mainstream rap star in history.
Dr. Dre is the king of hip-hop.
Although he’s known to an entire generation as an actor whose menacing snarl is hilarious, at one time Ice Cube wrote the controversial lyrics for the “world’s most dangerous group.”