Nipsey Hussle Gone Too Soon
The Late Great Nipsey Hussle of California’s notoriously famous Crenshaw Blvd would be 34 years old today. Nipsey was a rap legend also known as a knowledgeably conscious, self-made entrepreneur. Some got to know the Grammy nominated artist on March 31, 2019, after his violent death made headlines across America. Nipsey was the victim of a senseless, heinous act of gun violence. He was standing outside his shopping plaza on Crenshaw and Slauson Blvd. in Los Angles before his life was ended in cold, brutal blood.
By now, it’s no secret that Nipsey was a member of LA’s Crips, however he had long evolved beyond a life of crime. He was an activist and worked to empower, educate and build his community. The city of Los Angeles has made elaborate efforts to honor Nipsey and his community investments. From One Country to the next, the American-Eritrean legend has been influential.
“NIP”- An Inspirational King
Nipsey Hussle was know by “Nip” to his fans who were more like relatives. Nip influenced ambition and resilience for many. He was the “Hustle & Motivate” King who preached elevation. I know first hand the long and heavy metric of inspiration spread by Nip. As the pioneer of Hip-Hop’s “Marathon” and “TMC” (The Marathon Continues) this Slauson Boy certainly owns a home on playlist of my music downloads. His last album was entitled “Victory Lap”.
Nipsey believed one of the greatest things man can do is inspire. He had a mighty way of being the muse! Nip delivered ambitious and entertaining raps over west coast style, smooth and funky electric keyboard melodies. He encouraged his audience to shape their goals, focus and find their purpose in life. Nip proclaimed rapping a passion. Nip’s evolved lyrics, words and ways encouraged leadership, unity, integrity and confidence.
34 of The Realest Things Said By Nipsey Hussle The Great
Though there have been many, below I list 34 of the realist lyrics or statements Nip has said according to alignment with motivation, wisdom, and my interest. (Please note: the understanding of rap’s genius requires metaphorical, abstract, and slang comprehension). Long-time fan or newly inspired, Here’s to Remembering Nipsey on his 34th Birthday:
- “They think we’re on some kill others ‘n shit, but we’re on some stay-down ‘n stay diligent…” -Blue Laces
- “Looking back at my life makes my heart race; Dances with the devil; I was thinking chess plays, but it was more like God’s Grace” -Higher
- “Before you run your race, you gotta find your pace…”
- “Just make sure you cross the line, fu@% the time it takes” -Perfect Timing
- “Dynasty in my vision; Build it from nothing; Congratulations you did it!” -Slauson Boy2
- “Life is a fight against your disbeliefs, that why I scream, “I’m The Best of All Time” -Rose Clique TMC
- “Before I run, I’ll lose the fight” -IDGAF
- “I can tell a long story or just say, ‘I’m Grateful’; I can give a million reason or just say, ‘I’m Faithful’ – Checc Me Out
- “Never let them judge you, ’cause they ain’t you” -True Story
- “I speak my mind, they say I say too much” -True Story
- “Even as you make progress, you need the discipline to keep from backtracking and sabotaging the success as it’s happening.”
- “I don’t ever make moves under pressure”
- “Sometimes you have to take two steps back and ten steps forward”
- “First you over dedicate, then you notice that you’re great and you’ve been the whole time, then it’s stacking in your safe” -YN
- “I believe that economics is based on scarcity of markets. And it’s possible to monetize your art without compromising the integrity of it for commerce.”
- “As much as I’m a black person from America, I’m a black person from Africa, too.”
- “Spoke some things into the universe and they appeared” -Victory Lap
- “I just didn’t quit, that’s the only distinguishing quality between me and anyone else going through something; I didn’t quit-I’ve went through every emotion” -Perfect 10
- “I think that our reactions to being disrespected has to be reassessed… -Perfect 10
- “I think that protest music is import; I think YG was a genius “ -Perfect 10
- “Give me love, give me cash, give me respect; Anything, other than that, I’ma reject” – WYMA
- “… why they [fans] follow me? They think I know the way, ’cause I took control of things, balling the solo way” -Hustle & Motivate
- “A couple of things you can’t buy… loyalty, love and respect…” Succa Proof
- “Loaded bases, that’s my motivation” -Loaded Bases
- “There’re a couple of [us] in every generation that weren’t supposed to make it out … and when they [we] get to speak it’s like a coded language, reminds [us] of our strength and the stolen greatness.” -Loaded Bases
- “My self-education; Pursued negotiations” -Loaded Bases
- “…I was thinking, ‘I’ll never make a hundred million in these streets; More than likely I’ll end up in somebody’s precinct; Even worse, horse and carriage front the church, laid off in a hearse” -Loaded Bases
- “Let’s all get on one accord and take the world [homies]; Take the money, take the power and the girls with us” -Loaded Bases
- “I talk sh@t, but she know it’s true…” -Ocean Views
- “…I can tell a fake; I can tell a real” -Succa Proof
- “…dedication, anti-hesitation… this the remedy to separation… ” -Dedication
- “Dedication [is] Hard work plus patience [and sacrifice…” -Dedication
- Wanna feel successful; Wanna change the game; Never chase a message; Never stop grinding [trying], cherish no possessions; We ain’t get accepted, we reinvested” -Status Symbol3
- “I appreciate the progress, but I’m so conflicted about the status” -SS3
- One To Grow On: “Find Your Purpose [Passion] or You’re Wasting Air” -Victory Lap
Loved And Remembered By Many
Born, Ermias Asghedom to Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle died not only a successful businessman, but a loving father to Emani & Cross; grandson to Margaret Boutte; brother to Samiel Asghedom & Samantha Smith; fiancé to actress to Lauren London; loyal friend, family member; and artistic muse to heartbroken fans.
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