The Final Words of Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle born august 15, 1985. was a Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur, community activist, and father of two but was with all these amazing titles was more than that, he was a a man who will change the world forever. 


Ermias Joseph Asghedom known as Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper, activist, and entrepreneur. Coming from the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, Hussle released his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1 which led to him being signed to Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records.

Hussle became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues, and Crenshaw. After much delay, his debut studio album Victory Lap was released in 2018 and  was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019. He also was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the songs “Racks in the Middle” and “Higher” that were awarded to Hussle in the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung Performance categories, the next year at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

Lyrics

Hussle style of hip hop was different than many artist in his time. Nipsey not only wa s popular rapper but lyricist. A lyricist is a person who writes the words to songs or music. Nipseys lyrics were not only relevate to the time he lived in but they also shared a story of hs past experiences. 

 

“Ones that hate us, handcuff us and mace us/Call us dumb niggas ’cause our culture is contagious/Third generation, South Central gang bangers/That lived long enough to see it changing/Think it’s time we make arrangements/Finally wiggle out they mazes, find me out in different places/’I’m the spook by the door,’ this the infiltration, double back, dressed in blue laces” —Nipsey Hussle

 

“This the remedy, the separation/Tupac of my generation, blue pill in the fuckin’ Matrix/Red rose in the gray pavement/Young Black nigga trapped and he can’t change it/Know he a genius, he just can’t claim it/’Cause they left him no platforms to explain it” —Nipsey Hussle

 

“Built my own lane, ain’t no nigga ever hand me shit/Slauson Ave., do you understand the averages?/The fact I’m still standing speaks volumes to my savages/We lust lavishness and aim for extravagance/Even if it’s only temporary/Least we had the shit” —Nipsey Hussle

East Coast vs. West Coast

Hussle had a huge impact on the west coast vs east coast rivalry in music. This style of hip hop emerged in the 90s with gang beef. Artist affiliated in bands such as the bloods or crips would represent their set in heir music and would cause a known rivalry. Artist in theses gangs would also only wear specific colors for example bloods would wear red and crips would were blue. 


Nipsey was one of the first artist to collaborate with artist in opposing gangs. He worked with artist such as YG, a very influential strict who is a blood. This collabortion in music and community work not only surprised people around the world but inspired others to not always result in violence. It also taught respect, respect in others beliefs and people. 

Community Involvement

Also known for his entrepreneurship, Hussle created his Marathon Clothing store, which he founded along with partners Carless, the head of the agency, Karen Civil and his brother Samiel Asghedom in 2017, and started a collaborating on environment work which he named “Vector 90”.

 

Hustle had a huge passion for community involvement and not only created organizations but partnered with people and brands to have a bigger community outreached. He partnered with puma to renovate a local elementary schools playground and basket court. He was involved in destination Crenshaw, a open air public art project in the neighborhood. As well as his own workspace vector90. Designed to connect young talent in inner city communities and give them opportunities within the music business.

Interviews

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Yeung, Neil Z. “Nipsey Hussle: Biography & History.” AllMusic, www.allmusic.com/artist/nipsey-hussle-mn0000616192/biography.

 

Kennedy, Gerrick D. “The Legacy of Nipsey Hussle, the Light of Los Angeles.” GQ, www.gq.com/story/nipsey-hussle-oral-history.

 

Carmichael, Rodney. “Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-Nominated Rapper And Philanthropist, Shot And Killed.” NPR, NPR, 1 Apr. 2019, www.npr.org/2019/04/01/708675102/nipsey-hussle-grammy-nominated-rapper-and-philanthropist-shot-and-killed.

 

McLaughlin, Eliott C. “Nipsey Hussle Was More of a Movement than a Musician.” CNN, Cable News Network, 1 Apr. 2019, www.cnn.com/2019/04/01/entertainment/nipsey-hussle-biography/index.html.

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