Nearly ten years to the date, HipHollywood has uncovered a never-before-seen interview with late rap star Nipsey Hussle. We caught up with the then 24-year-old on the red carpet for the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta, GA where he was performing with Dorough, Jim Jones, Soulja Boy and Snoop Dogg.
The West Coast MC spoke candidly about the comparisons to Snoop, and how he is creating his own lane in Hip Hop.
“My story is my story,” he said. “I’m just going to tell the truth and be authentic with everything I say. I’m from Slauson and Crenshaw. I’m from the west side of L.A., we got a story to tell.”
At the time Hussle had already dropped three mixtapes — “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name” Vols 1, 2 & 3, and was anxiously anticipating the release of his debut album South Central State of Mind.
“It’s a classic west coast project, y’all going to be hearing a lot about it,” he proclaimed.
The album would actually not be released as planned, but Hussle would no doubt go on to create a masterful body of work.
In 2010 after ending his record deal with Epic Records he started his own label All Money In and released several mixtapes — The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw to critical acclaim. The later would be praised by Jay Z, who bought 1000 copies at $100 each.
In 2018 Hussle would finally drop his debut album Victory Lap on Atlantic Records and signed to Jay’s management company Roc Nation. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts.
Now nearly a decade later the late MC has been nominated for 5 BET Hip Hop Awards including Lyricist of the Year, MVP of the Year, Hustler of the Year, and more.
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