Victory Lap, a playlist for Nipsey Hussle
On March 31st, 2019, Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was gunned down outside of his Marathon clothing store in South Los Angeles at the young age of 33. Nipsey was a rare breed in hip hop who not only spoke words of wisdom, love and positivity, but pushed us to empower each other and reinvest in our communities, not just with his words, but with his actions.
As a fan, his murder doesn’t seem real yet. I keep recalling the night I discovered Nipsey in high school. It was during the blog era and I was in search of new music for the new year. There were five rappers in particular who caught my hear: Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Wale, Freddie Gibbs, and Nipsey. I don’t remember the song - it may have been Speak My Language but I’m not 100% positive - but I remember his voice; it was unique, and he spoke like a wise cousin who’s been through some shit and is passing the game on down to you.
And he was. Nipsey’s music reached you on a different level. He glorified our communities in a way that didn’t break us down but built us up. He was prideful of his neighborhood; he bought land in his community and gave his people job and business opportunities. He opened his own clothing store in the hood just a few years ago. It was same store he was at with his daughter when he prematurely lost his life.
Nipsey had so much guidance left to give us. So much that it’s a shame to sit and write this right now. Nevertheless, while he may not be here in the physical, his music, his knowledge, his light and love are never going away. That’s why The Barber’s Chair worked quickly to put together this playlist of Nipsey’s greatest hits to help us all heal. Whether you have been a Nipsey fan for years, or you’re looking for a place to start, join us in celebrating the life of a legend.
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