Nipsey Hussle transcended West Coast rap like no other MC did since Tupac. He brought enthusiastic spirit, raw street rap and priceless inspiration to the City of Los Angeles like no other entity or individual had for decades.
When he passed away on Sunday, March 31st of 2019, it was an end of an era that felt sorely premature — like it was only the beginning of a new chapter of West Coast rap and activism that didn’t existed before.
The passing of Nipsey Hussle impacted the community deeper than anyone thought and his efforts towards the greater good of the place that he grew up in went down in history. The music industry neglected him though, turning their eye to his talents despite being on the scene for nearly 10 years. It was unfortunate, but in all due respect, Nipsey outsmarted the industry because he wanted his royalties and fought for them, proving his overall entrepreneurial savvy in a competitive industry.
Nipsey Hussle provided fans with an intimate experience because he was accessible —so much so that it cost him his life… in his own neighborhood. He had no security to protect him and unfortunately, that’s when the promising era concluded.
While many agree Nipsey’s life went too soon, fans may have something to look forward to. The Crenshaw native’s close friend and collaborator J Stone just released new details surrounding material that has yet to surface from the artist.
In a new interview with The Bootleg Kev Podcast, the colleague explained that he didn’t know how much material Nipsey Hussle had worked on before his passing.
He said: “It’s so much music this n**** done did, bro. Like you wouldn’t even imagine, bro. There’s shit I haven’t even heard when I thought I heard everything.”
Further, he went on to say that there’s enough to provide a posthumous effort.
“It’s definitely going to be another Nip album. But, it’s All Money In, so we ain’t going to put out nothing Micky… Rest in peace to [Pop Smoke]. I feel like if they would’ve held on to his music more and put it out the right way, it would’ve been received differently. But, the music was still good and we needed it at that time.”
Though J Stone thought that Nip’s music would’ve been received “differently,” Nipsey Hussle’s music was already way more influential than anyone had really realized. The Victory Lap was a record about manifestation, hard work and a triumph that was won despite much adversity. Now in present form, most rap records detest these very themes and are much more superficial and less substantial.
Nipsey Hussle won two Grammys for best Rap Performance for “Racks In The Middle” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy and best Rap/Sung Performance for “Higher” with DJ Khaled and John Legend. Most recently, he garnered a Grammy nomination for his verse on Big Sean’s “Deep Reverence.”
The rapper’s only top 10 hit album on the Billboard 200 was Victory Lap, which peaked at No. 2 and spent 90 weeks on the listing.