Why This Nipsey Murder Hurts So Much

Updated: Apr 20



Nipsey Hussle wasn't a legend in the same vain as Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. He wasn't a pioneer of Hip Hop like Jam Master Jay. He wasn't a lyrical monster in the underground like Big L. He wasn't part of the new wave of "Soundcloud Rappers" like Xxxtenciaon. Yet the murder of Nipsey Hussle on March 31, 2019 seems to hurt more than any other senseless act of violence in Hip Hop in a long time. There are conspiracy theories and other motives out there, but I'm not going to focus there. I'm going to give you my reasons why this feels different.


Now we all know where the media is going to take this. It never fails. They will focus solely on his past. Yes he's a member of the Rollin' 60s. We all know that. Yes, he used to sell drugs. We all know that. Didn't come up in the best of environments. We all know that. The media won't spare us that though. They will basically say that this is Karma and eventually this was going to be his downfall and all the negativity that will come with that take to increase their ratings (and clicks) and give those justification to their thoughts about young black men that grew up the way Nipsey did. They won't look at how he was one of the most positive voices in his community. He put back into his community. He owned businesses and put jobs in his community. He was a family man. He was trying to merge Silicon Valley with the inner city. He was a forward thinker. He was trying to stop gang violence. He was trying to put an end to everything he WAS. His business model was flawless. He didn't take the money he made off of his $100 mixtape and blow it on cars, jewelry and material things. He used that money to fund his independent label. He owns his masters and that is MAJOR. His foray into a major label studio album was a huge success. Nominated for "Best Rap Album" (and in my opinion he should have won) and easily had one of the best projects of 2018. The Game tells a story of when Nipsey rolled up on him in his car and Game was ready for war. Game is affiliated with the Bloods. Game had his hand on his piece and ready to take out Nipsey and anyone else because he was on Crip territory. Nipsey went up to him, introduced himself, gave him his mixtape and told him to check it out. Game stood down and reached out later to give his mixtape a positive review. Respect.


Nipsey Hussle wasn't a legend in the same vain as Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. He wasn't a pioneer of Hip Hop like Jam Master Jay. He wasn't a lyrical monster in the underground like Big L. He wasn't part of the new wave of "Soundcloud Rappers" like Xxxtenciaon...


Nipsey Hussle IS a blueprint...


RIP

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