Nipsey Hussle

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Nipsey Hussle
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Nipsey Hussle performing in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Ermias Asghedom
Born (1985-08-15) August 15, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2003–present
Labels All Money In (current)
Cinematic Music Group, Epic Records (former)
Associated acts Blanco, Cobby $upreme, YG, Dom Kennedy, Jay Rock, Rick Ross, The Game, Snoop Dogg

Ermias Asghedom (born August 15, 1985), better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), is an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. He has released several mixtapes, including three installments of his Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the latter of which American rapper Jay-Z, bought 100 copies of it for $100 each ($10,000 total).[2] In 2015, he plans to release his debut studio album Victory Lap, via his All Money In record label.

Music career[edit]

2005-2009: Bullets Ain't Got No Name series[edit]

In 2005, Hussle recorded his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1, which soon became the name of his own record label.[3] In 2008 Nipsey released two mixtapes, Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2,[4] after signing with Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records.[5][6] In 2009, he released his debut single, "Hussle In the House". Later that year, Nipsey released a third mixtape Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 3. He then collaborated with Drake on the song "Killer",[7] and also appeared with fellow rapper Problem[8] on the song "Upside Down" from Snoop Dogg's album Malice n Wonderland.

In 2010, Nipsey appeared on the song "We Are the World 25 for Haiti",[9] and was chosen as one of XXL Magazine's "Annual Freshman Top Ten", a selection of ten up-and-coming artists.[10] XXL labeled him "Most Determined" of his class, and LA Weekly called him the "next big L.A. MC".[11] [12] Hussle was expected to release his debut album, South Central State of Mind, in October 2010. Prior to release, the album was supported by the single "Feelin' Myself" featuring Lloyd. He had set J.R. Rotem, Scott Storch, Mr. Lee, Play-N-Skillz, Terrace Martin and 1500 or Nothin' to produce on the album, and Trey Songz, Jay Rock and Sean Kingston were set to feature vocals. Concurrently, he announced plans to release a mixtape with Jay Rock titled, Red and Blue Make Green.[13] Following the release of the "Feelin' Myself" music video, the album was set for a December 21, 2010 release; however, both these projects were eventually postponed indefinitely. [14]

2010-2011: Leaving Epic Records and The Marathon[edit]

After going through trouble with Epic Records, Nipsey was released from the label in late 2010. After his release, he went on to found his own record label, All Money In.[12][15] On December 21, 2010, he released his first All Money In Records mixtape, titled The Marathon,[16] which features guest appearances from Kokane and MGMT.[17] On November 1, 2011 Hussle released a sequel titled The Marathon Continues, which features L.A. rappers YG and Dom Kennedy. Both mixtapes are available via iTunes.

2012-present: Crenshaw and Victory Lap[edit]

Main article: Crenshaw (mixtape)

In early 2012, it was rumored Nipsey Hussle would sign to Rick Ross's Maybach Music Group.[18] Nipsey made a guest appearance on rapper YG's 2012 single "Bitches Ain't Shit", which samples the classic Dr. Dre song of the same name and also features Young Money rapper Tyga.[19] The song debuted on the Hot 100 at #100 and on the Heatseekers Songs chart at #11.[20] On April 17, 2012 Hussle released a collaboration album with fellow rapper Blanco titled Raw. The album features rappers YG, Mistah FAB, Yukmouth, B-Legit, Kokane and Freeway.[21] In May 2012, he released a single "Proud of That" which features Rick Ross.[22] He was also featured on Maybach Music Group's song "Fountain of Youth" which appears on the label's second album Self Made Vol. 2.[23] A music video was released on October 1, 2012.[24] In December 2012 Nipsey hinted more at signing with Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros. Records but said he would still be looking for the right label.[25]

Hussle said he would release his third and final installment in The Marathon mixtape series with TM3: Victory Lap in early 2013, after it was pushed back from its initial December 2012 release date.[26] He also announced plans to release a mixtape with fellow West Coast rapper and frequent collaborator YG titled Two Of America’s Most Wanted in 2013. It was set to feature Dom Kennedy and DJ Mustard.[27] Hussle performed at the 2013 Paid Dues festival on March 30, 2013 in California.[28] After deciding against signing to a major label due to a lack of creative freedom, he choose to make Victory Lap his debut album.[29]

Nipsey Hussle (front) performing with singer TeeFlii in December 2013.

Starting in early 2013 he released various songs from Crenshaw including the 9th Wonder produced "Face the World" and The Futuristics and 1500 or Nothin' produced "Blessings".[30] On August 6, 2013, Hussle announced that Victory Lap would now be a studio album rather than a mixtape. He confirmed that the tracklist and release date would be revealed very soon.[31][32][33] On September 1 and 2, 2013, Nipsey Hussle released his previous mixtape X-Tra Laps, and a load of old songs as singles to iTunes.[34] This included various old mixtape songs "Thas Wat Hoes Do" featuring YG, "Rose Clique", "Rich Roll", "Keys 2 the City", "I Need That" featuring Dom Kennedy and "Run A Lap".[35][36][37][38][39][40]

On September 16, 2013, Nipsey Hussle announced he would release a new mixtape Crenshaw hosted by DJ Drama, on October 8, 2013.[41] On September 24, 2013, he revealed the tracklist for Crenshaw, which contained guest appearances from Rick Ross, Dom Kennedy, Slim Thug, James Fauntleroy II, Z-Ro, Skeme and Sade among others. Production was handled by, The Futuristics, 1500 or Nothin', 9th Wonder, Mike Free, Ralo and Jiggy Hendrix among others. He also released the "Crenshaw" documentary that day in promotion of the mixtape.[42] On October 2, 2013, Hussle released two greatest hits compilation albums to iTunes, Nip Hussle the Great Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.[43][44] On October 3, 2013, he released another trailer for the mixtape, also revealing 1,000 hard copies of the mixtape would be sold for $100 each.[45][46] He reportedly sold out all 1,000 copies in less than 24 hours, effectively making 100,000 dollars.[47]

Upon the release of Crenshaw, Hussle said that Victory Lap would be released in early 2014.[48] On October 14, 2013, Hussle told Complex that the first single from Victory Lap is titled, "Rap Niggas" and was ready for release.[29] The album will be again be sold for $100 via the Proud 2 Pay program, however it will be available for normal rate via iTunes and retail stores such as Best Buy and Target.[49] On November 20, 2013, Hussle confirmed that Victory Lap would feature production by Ralo, 1500 or Nothin', The Futuristiks and DJ Mustard.[50] He later confirmed that he had worked with producers Don Cannon and DJ Khalil on the album.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Nipsey Hussle was raised near the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.[52] He is also a member of the local Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips gang.[53]

He is of Eritrean descent from his father's side and African American descent on his mother's side.[53] He has a young daughter named Emani, however, he is separated from her mother.[54][55]

Other ventures[edit]

Acting career[edit]

In 2007 Nipsey played a small role in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's semi-autobiographical film I Tried directed by Rich Newey. In 2010 he starred in the film Caged Animal alongside Ving Rhames, Major Figgas, and Robert Patrick.[56][57]