R.I.P Nipsey Hussle
Artist Biography by Neil Z. Yeung
Slauson Boy, Vol.1
American rapper Nipsey Hussle adapted his stage name from Nipsey Russell, an iconic black comedian and actor. Born Ermias Ashgedom in Slauson, California, his early calling card was injecting hazy humor into his rhyme style à la Snoop Dogg, but 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 became a quick mixtape favorite in the late 2000s with his gritty street observations. Starting with Slauson Boy in 2005, the rapper issued a trio of Bullets Ain’t Got No Name volumes in 2008 and 2009 before moving on to The Marathon and its sequel in 2011. His eighth official mixtape, Crenshaw, arrived in 2013. Drawing attention for its $100 price tag, it still broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart and featured appearances by James Fauntleroy, Slim Thug, Z-Ro, Rick Ross, and more. Mailbox Money was released on the last day of 2014 and featured guests like Rick Ross, Dom Kennedy, Trae tha Truth, and producers DJ Mustard and DJ Khalil. In 2016, Hussle teamed up with YG for the anthem “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump),” which peaked at number 50 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The following year, Hussle returned to his own material with “Still,” which rode a sample of Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” and featured appearances by Sloanbone and Pozition. That same year, he issued Slauson Boy, Vol. 2, featuring Mozzy, Young Thug, Dave East, Snoop Dogg, G Perico, Kirko Bangz, Young Dolph, and more. A collaborative effort with Bino Rideaux, No Pressure, arrived before the year’s end. In early 2018, Hussle issued his official debut full-length, Victory Lap, which featured guests like YG, Puff Daddy, Kendrick Lamar, The-Dream, Cee Lo Green, and more. The set debuted in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200 and was later nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.