Obviously Snoop Dogg needs no introduction, but Nipsey Hussle may be new to some of you guys. He was to me, until a few months ago when a friend sent me this jam. I absolutely love the production and arrangement here. It has that mid-’90s West Coast vibe, but at the same time it sounds fresh and new.
Nipsey Hussle‘s name was adapted from the odd source of Nipsey Russell, an iconic comedian and actor. While the Slauson, California MC, born Ermias Ashgedom, may drop hazy humor into his rhymestyle à la Snoop Dogg, his flow owes more to the unflinching gangland narratives of early hip-hop kingpin Ice-T. A full-fledged member of one of the more notorious subsections of the Crips gang, Nipsey Hussle bleeds streets and became a quick mixtape favorite in the late 2000s. In 2013, he dropped his first official single, “Rap N*ggas,” in anticipation of his debut album, Victory Lap.