Artist Profile – Nipsey Hussle

“Slauson ave ain’t the side you could choose with
Homicide city turned these Young niggas roofless
With loose lips will make a snitch nigga shoes slip”

Before I begin, I have to thank my aunt Nicki for reminding me to do this post about a month ago. It totally slipped my mind, so thanks for the reminder. I’m sure a lot of people will be thankful that this post came to life.

Another West Coast rapper. Honestly, there must be something in the water over in California, because they’re breeding some really good rappers out there, my gosh. Nipsey hails from South Central, Los Angeles (much like Blu & Kendrick Lamar), and his style of rap reflect that. Whereas the likes of Blu & Kendrick are more on the conscious side at times, “Neighbourhood Nip Hussle” (a nickname that he sometimes refers to on his tracks) takes the gangster approach, sort of like how ScHoolboy Q does, but his vocals and flow are more reserved, but he still talks about the street life of Compton.

I don’t even know how I even heard of Nipsey to begin with, but I think I was just looking for new music, then I stumbled across him. I had no idea that he was a XXL Freshman (2010), but I can see how that would happen, because he’s not a bad rapper. He took some getting used to, but luckily for me I download a compilation mixtape called The Hussle Way which was featuring songs from his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series (which I’ve yet to download, but seeing that I have a best of, I don’t see why, but I’ll do that at some point.

Nipsey has had a lot of comparisons to Snoop Dogg, not only because of physical appearance (although he’s a lightbright), but because of the same relaxed flow that he brings. He’s got a raspy voice, but he has that true West Coast flow that a lot of us were familiar with, when we were growing up listening to NWA, Snoop, Warren G, and even resembles The Game’s essence as well. He’s still one of those names that’s around, but still underground. He’s on tour essentially promoting his latest mixtape The Marathon Continues and he makes a stop in Toronto. I’m not sure what the fan base is like up here, but I know that it’s growing overall, and you can only hope for bigger things to come from him, including a debut album this year. Not much more you can ask for. But, for now, enjoy what he has now, and rise from the musical slumber you’ve been succumbed to.

That’s My Word & It STiXX

Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Volume 1, 2, 3

The Hussle Way (Compilation)

The Marathon

The Marathon Continues (T.M.C)

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