Despite the glimpses into celebrity life we get on a daily basis thanks to social media, nothing beats getting an in-depth story straight from the source. In honor of World Book Day, add nine of the best music must-reads to your Kindle roster.
One Day It’ll All Make Sense – Common
Common delves into his childhood, and how growing up without knowing his father shaped him into the man he is today. And with a foreword by Maya Angelou, how can you pass it up?
Keep the Faith – Faith Evans
Evans set the record straight on what it was really like to be married to Biggie.
Confessions of a Video Vixen – Karrine Steffans
Confessions might be the tell-all blueprint, and Steffans doesn’t have any problem with naming names. The video vixen gets personal with her detailed sexcapades with A-list rappers, but she makes sure to let readers know the spotlight isn’t always bright.
Decoded – Jay Z
This isn’t your usual memoir. Jay Z, the original Rap Genius, literally decoded his lyrics and related them back to his life.
Glow: The Autobiography of Rick James – Rick James
In his memoir, you’ll read everything crazy you thought you knew about him over the years. Hearing it all in his own words makes it 100 times better.
Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove – Amir “Questlove” Thompson
Only Questlove can make a science reference cool. The Roots drummer talks how growing up in West Philadelphia shaped him into the musical genius he’s become. He also gives his thoughts on the state of hip-hop today.
Miles: The Autobiography – Miles Davis
Told by the jazz great himself, Davis is completely open and honest about his entire life in this autobiography, including his drug addiction and many love affairs.
The Tao of Wu – The RZA
In The Tao of Wu, RZA clues us in on how he reached spiritual enlightenment and gives us the lessons he’s learned throughout his life.
Okay, so this isn’t a memoir, but it’s a must read for any hip-hop head. In Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop, Chang shows us and breaks down hip-hop’s roots, right from the start.
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1. 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu1 of 10
2. 'The Confessions of Nat Turner' by William Styron2 of 10
3. 'Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement' by Robin Morgan3 of 10
4. 'Nostradamus: The Millennium and Beyond by Peter Lorie4 of 10
5. 'Native Son' by Richard Wright5 of 10
6. 'Black Like Me' by John Howard Griffin6 of 10
7. 'And Still I Rise' by Maya Angelou7 of 10
8. '1984' by George Orwell8 of 10
9. 'Thoughts and Meditations' by Khalil Gibran9 of 10
10. 'The Screenwriter's Workbook' by Syd Field10 of 10
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