A list of the 10 hottest hood classic books

Reading Is Fun-damental: 10 Of Hottest “Hood Classic” Books And Their Authors

- By Bossip Staff
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Black Gangster by Donald Goines

Along with Iceberg Slim, Donald Goines should be considered “The Godfather” of the hip-hop culture’s literary cannon. His book Black Gangster and it’s protagonist, Prince, were created directly from Goines’ experiences in his real life in the streets.

Check out mentions that he has gotten in some of you favorite rapper’s lyrics:

Common:
I’m the act to follow, housing kids like Ronald
Mac like Donald Goines, flows I change like coins
-from ‘Orange Pineapple Juice’ “Resurrection” [1994]

Criminal ties for centuries, a legend in my own rhymes,
So niggaz whisper when they mention,
Machiavelli was my tutor, Donald Goines my father figure,
Moms sent me to go play with the drug dealers.
-from ‘Tradin’ War Stories’ All Eyez On Me [1996]

Nas:
With so much drama in QBC,
Kinda hard being Escobaro,
Eldorado Red, sippin Dom out the bottle,
my life is like a Donald Goines novel.
–from ‘Escobar ’97 Men in Black Soundtrack [1997]

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