Top 10 Street Lit
Books of All-Time

April 2008


Since the re-emergence of Street Lit in the late 80's a litany of Urban Fiction books have been released. Some of them good and some of them bad. The rejuvenation of the Urban Fiction genre has been spawned by the release of thousands of novels and a whole industry has sprung up around them with its own culture of celebrity authors, hip-hop fiction beefs, six-figure book contracts and million-dollar publishing houses.

With authors selling tens of thousands of copies of their titles independently, the big publishing companies have taken interest. But for now let us lets take a look back at the classic books that made this genre what it is today.

Top 10 Books of All-Time


ARC BOOK CLUB INC.
www.arcbookclubinc.com

#1. Dopefiend - Donald Goines
#2. The Coldest Winter Ever
- Sister Souljah
#3. Harlem Girl Lost
- Treasure E. Blue
#4. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#5. Push - Relentess Aaron
#6. Grimey - KaShamba Williams
#7. Block Party - Al-Saadiq Banks
#8. Gangsta Lean - Rochan Morgan
#9. Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent
- Caroline McGill
#10. Thugs and the Woman
Who Love Them - Wahida Clark

 

SETH FERRANTI
Gorilla Convict Publications/Journalist

#1. True to the Game - Teri Woods
#2. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#3. Dutch - Kwame Teague
#4. A Hustler's Wife - Nikki Turner
#5. Thugs and the Woman Who Love Them
- Wahida Clark
#6. Squeeze - Joe Black
#7. Larceny - Jason Poole
#8. A Hood Legend - Victor L. Martin
#9. Dirty Red - Vickie Stringer
#10. Caught em Slippin - Al-Saadiq Banks


RAWSISTAZ
www.rawsistaz.com

#1. The Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah
#2. True to the Game- Teri Woods
#3. Thugs and the Woman
Who Love Them - Wahida Clark
* Every Thug Needs a Lady
- Wahida Clark
#4. Thong on Fire - Noire
#5. Gangsta - K'wan
* B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
* Thug Matrimony - Wahida Clark
* Trick Baby - Iceberg Slim
#6. Let That Be The Reason
- Vickie Stringer
#7. Desperate Hoodwives by Meesha Mink
and De'Nesha Diamond
#8. Pipe Dreams - Soloman Jones
#9. Daddy Cool - Donald Goines
#10. Harlem Girl Lost - Treasure E. Blue


* Indicates a tie

 

URBAN REVIEWS
www.urban-reviews.com

#1. The Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah
#2. Caught em Slippin - Al-Saadiq Banks
#3. Life - Leo Sullivan
#4. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#5. Supreme Clientele - Ashley JaQuavis
#6. White Lines - Tracy Brown
#7. Betrayal of a Hustler - B.L.U.N.T.
#8. Little Ghetto Girl - Danielle Santiago
#9. Gangsta - K'wan
#10. Game Over - Tu-Shonda Whitaker


OOSA BOOK CLUB
www.oosaonlinebookclub.com

#1. Black Girl Lost - Donald Goines
#2. The Coldest Winter Ever
- Sister Souljah
#3. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#4. Ghetto Sam and Glory of
My Demise - Kwame Teague
#5. Block Party - Al-Saadiq Banks
#6. Hustlin' Backwards - Mike Sanders
#7. A Dead Man Vengeance
- B.L.U.N.T.
#8. Drug Dealer - isadore Johnson
#9. The Apostles - Y. Blak Moore
#10. Dollar Outta Fifteen Cent
- Caroline McGill

 

COAST 2 COAST READERS
www.coast2coastreaders.com

#1. The Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah
#2. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#3. True to the Game- Teri Woods
#4. Dutch - Kwame Teague
#5. The Ex-Factor - Tu-Shonda Whitaker
#6. Block Party - Al-Saadiq Banks
#7. Little Ghetto Girl - Danielle Santiago
#8. Torn - Keisha Ervin
#9. Eastside - Caleb Alexander
#10. Hood Rich - Crystal Perkins-Stell


TAYLOR NIX
The Urban Book Source/Journalist

#1. The Kenyatta Series - Donald Goines
#2. The Coldest Winter Ever
- Sister Souljah
#3. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#4. Dutch - Kwame Teague
#5. A Hustler's Wife - Nikki Turner
#6. Harlem Girl Lost - Treasure E. Blue
#7. Pimp - Iceberg Slim
#8. Gangsta - K'wan
#9. Let That Be The Reason
- Vickie Stringer
#10. True to the Game -
Teri Woods

 

APOOO BOOK CLUB
www.apooo.org

#1. The Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah
#2. C.R.E.A.M. - Solomon Jones
#3. Mommy's Angel - Miasha
#4. Black Girl Lost - Donald Goines
#5. A Hustler's Wife - Nikki Turner
#6. Dirty Money - Ashley JaQuavis
#7. Dark - Kenji Jasper
#8. Snow - Kenji Jasper
#9. Death Around the Corner - C-Murder
#10. Bitch - Deja King


AALBC (AFRICAN AMERICAN
LITERATURE BOOK CLUB)

www.aalbc.com

#1. Pimp - Iceberg Slim
#2. Manchild in the Promised Land
- Claude Brown
#3. Dopefiend - Donald Goines
#4. Cotton Comes to Harlem - Chester Himes
#5. The Coldest Winter Ever - Sister Souljah
#6. Let That Be The Reason - Vickie Stringer
#7. True to the Game- Teri Woods
#8. A Hustler's Wife - Nikki Turner
#9. Gangsta - K'wan
#10. Push - Relentless Aaron

 

RHONDA CROWDER
Call and Post Newspaper/Reporter

#1. If Beale Street Could Talk
- James Baldwin
#2. The Street - Ann Petry
#3. Dopefiend - Donald Goines
#4. The Dutch Series - Kwame Teague
#5. The Coldest Winter Ever - Sista Souljah
#6. White Lines - Tracy Brown
#7. B-More Careful - Shannon Holmes
#8. Let That Be The Reason
- Vickie Stringer
#9. A Hustler's Wife - Nikki Turner
#10. True to the Game - Teri Woods


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