Braggin' Writes: Rappers With Books

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  • Pharrell, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent
  • Young Buck, 50 Cent, G-Unit
  • Scarface, Geto Boys
  • Common, One Day It'll All Make Sense, BET
  • T.I., Power & Beauty, BET
  • Ja Rule
  • Bun B
  • Pharrell Williams, Places & Spaces I've Been, BET
  • Wyclef Jean, Purpose, BET
  • G-Dep Book, BET
  • M.I.A. Book, BET
  • Cee-Lo Green Book, BET
  • Machine Gun Kelly, The Early Tour Days of Machine Gun Kelly, BET
  • Tray Deee, Streetz Gon' Cry, BET
  • Lil Wayne, Gone Til November, BET
  • Jay-Z, Decoded, BET
  • Odd Future, Golfwang, BET
  • RZA, The Tao of Wu, BET
  • Prodigy, Mobb Deep, My Infamous Life, BET
  • Eminem, The Way I Am, BET
  • 50 Cent, Robert Greene, The 50th Law, BET
  • Chuck D, Yusuf Jah, Spike Lee, Fight the Power, BET
  • Ghostface Killah, The World According to Pretty Toney, BET
  • Ice-T, Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption from South Central to Hollywood, BET
  • Flavor Flav, Flavor Flav: The Icon, BET
  • KRS-One, The Gospel of Hip-Hop: The First Instrument, BET
  • LL Cool J, LL Cool J's Platinum 360 Diet and Lifestyle: A Full-Circle Guide to Developing Your Mind, Body and Soul, BET
  • Kanye West, Thank You And You're Welcome, BET
  • Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete, BET
  • Grandmaster Flash, David Ritz, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats, BET

Braggin' Writes: Rappers With Books

Rap is performance, certainly, but it's also a literary art form. Some artists have notebooks upon notebooks of written rhymes, while others have libraries stored away in their heads. Some, like Common, Jay Z, T.I.Pharrell, 50 Cent and Lil Wayne, are even taking their words and publishing memoirs and self-help manuals, which memorialize not only their individual legacy but also that of this culture.

Read on to check out some of these noteworthy releases, already on shelves or on the way.

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