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Whose Book Club Is More Gangsta: Jay-Z Or ‘Pac’s?

Submitted by on September 29, 2009 – 11:07 am3 Comments


Tupac Shakur is such a revered name in hip-hop that anything synonymous with his legacy must get examined and critiqued. Yet the debate about his place in hip-hop is unquestioned. But a new debate is rising since Jay-Z has found himself to be more “open” than he’s ever been in his entire career and YOU are needed to settle the issue: Who’s book club would you be down for – Jay-Z’s or Tupac’s? More after the jump.

With Jay-Z’s release of Blueprint 3 – the world got a look at the reinvigorated Hov. Now unfiltered since he’s become a total independent in the rap game, Hov has been flooding the market with interviews, press conferences and appearances in foreign press. It may all be a part of the PR movement to get folks to shell out dough for the album but there have been some interesting tidbits that the Brooklyn Bomber has dropped lately.

Over at The Smugger, they have a post that lists the “6 Books That Changed Hov’s Life.” Here goes that list below:

1. The Seat of the Soul – By Gary Zukav
2. The Celestine Prophecy – By James Redfield
3. The Odyssey – By Homer
4. Outliers – By Malcolm Gladwell
5. Purple Cow – By Seth Godin
6. Nigger – By Dick Gregory

To read why Hov picked those books, click here. Those books are very varied, but as we all know ‘Pac was a book lover’s dream. Very voracious when it came to reading the written word.

In an exclusive never-before-seen interview with Vibe Magazine, ‘Pac rattles off the books that he’s currently reading and you can see that for a 24-year-old, the multi-hyphenated entertainer certainly had his mind heading in a certain direction.

1. Mastering The Art of War – Liang Zhuge
2. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
3. Thoughts of a General – Author Unknown
4. How To Win An Argument Every Time – Gerry Spence
5. You’ll Never Work In This Town Again – Ed Greenberg
6. In Contempt – Christopher Darden

You can check out the full Vibe Magazine interview, by clicking here.

…So who’s book club would you rather be a part of? While they’re both learned men does anyone have an advantage with what they were reading? You be the judge! Share your opinion in the comments below!

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  • I gotta say that I would join both. Jay’s books are more relevant to where I am in my life at this juncture, but I feel like Pac’s tastes have laid more of a foundation of who I am. And honestly that makes sense given that we are comparing the tastes of a 24 year old to a 39 year old. Who know what Pac would be reading by now.

  • luxurylife says:

    I would join JayZ book club, he is a very intriging man he is very smart and brings people in and showcases there talent and when the well has run dry he moves on.He has totally reinvented himself and now is a world phenom.You are actually seeing a man grow into greatness.Since 1997 you have seen this man do a clothing line make excellent albums, sellout shows and he never sold out he did it his way and when people got in his way of his greatness he cut them off.Dame it hurt me to my heart to see him leave this man along but it was for the best sometimes you cut people off to show them who really runs things and now that I look back it was great career move.Same with State property and Beans you want to get them big deals you cant be associated with people who are still in the streets you cut them off. Kayne couldve went to Dame and been a nobody but because he chose HOV he is one the biggest artists out right now. I think Jay gonna let Kayne do himself in tho if he dont calm down tho.But at 40 years old JayZ is still relevent cooler than your DAD and holds power and he came from the streets.Im watching this man closely because he his laying down a BLUEPRINT for all of us who want to do it our way without selling out.

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