Victory Lap (Nipsey Hussle album)

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Victory Lap
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap.png
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 16, 2018
Studio
Genre
Length65:30
Label
Producer
Nipsey Hussle chronology
No Pressure
(2017)
Victory Lap
(2018)
Singles from Victory Lap
  1. "Rap Niggas"
    Released: December 1, 2017
  2. "Last Time That I Checc'd"
    Released: January 19, 2018

Victory Lap is the only studio album by American rapper Nipsey Hussle.[1] It was released on February 16, 2018 through All Money In No Money Out and Atlantic Records. It was Nipsey Hussle's first major commercial release after releasing a string of mixtapes for thirteen years as well as his only full-length album released during his lifetime. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, selling 53,000 album-equivalent units;[2] it reached a new peak of number two in April 2019, following Hussle's death. It received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
HipHopDX4.4/5[5]
HotNewHipHop87%[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork7.8/10[8]
XXLXL[9]

Victory Lap received critical acclaim upon release. Ian McQuaid of The Guardian commented that Nipsey Hussle "effortlessly claims his place as crown prince of G-funk’s new school", adding that "his brags rasp as hoarse and righteous as a man in the middle of a three-day bender, riding beats built from oozing bass swagger and slinking Compton synths, as brash and gleeful as peak-era NWA. It’s visceral west coast rap at its unapologetic finest, as Hussle refreshes cliches of unstoppable prowess with the conviction of a true believer."[7]

Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork labelled Victory Lap as "the most gripping record in his catalog", also adding: "The hour-long album honors all the work he’s put in and looks back at all he’s achieved, but it also looks forward to all he has yet to build and all those he can still inspire. His tactics can be tone-deaf and without nuance, but he knows exactly who he’s speaking to and for."[8]

Trent Clark of HipHopDX concluded: "Minor potholes aside, Victory Lap not only boosts Nipsey’s stock but it raises expectations for the next time he eyes a checkered flag. The benchmark for quality has been set and the race to officially hit the championship podium is only getting revved up."[5] Online publication HotNewHipHop stated that Victory Lap "toes the line between classic and contemporary hip-hop. It captures the emotion of now, this victorious moment for Hussle, while still pushing for the permanence of a hip-hop classic. It's hard to tell whether Victory Lap offers a transient infectious feeling or life-long addiction, but this album should age well. The production is masterful, the features are well-placed, and Nipsey raps like he just won a marathon. The race for the victory paid off."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Victory Lap debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, earning 53,000 album-equivalent units, with 30,000 in traditional album sales in its first week of release.[10] This is Hussle's first top 10 album on the chart. The album also debuted at number three on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[11] Following Hussle's death on March 31, 2019, the album reached a new peak of number two on the US Billboard 200, earning 66,000 album-equivalent units (with 17,000 in traditional album sales) in April 2019, behind Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Victory Lap[13][14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Victory Lap" (featuring Stacy Barthe)
3:58
2."Rap Niggas"
3:46
3."Last Time That I Checc'd" (featuring YG)
3:45
4."Young Nigga" (featuring Puff Daddy)
3:56
5."Dedication" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
4:05
6."Blue Laces 2"
4:10
7."Hussle & Motivate"
4:18
8."Status Symbol 3" (featuring Buddy)
Mike & Keys5:05
9."Succa Proof" (featuring Konshens and J-Black)
  • Asghedom
  • Garfield Spence
  • Garnett Flynn
  • Jeret Griffin-Black
  • Groover, Jr.
  • Abdul-Rahman
  • L. Dopson
  • Cox, Jr.
  • Mike & Keys
  • DJ Khalil
  • Rance
3:21
10."Keyz 2 the City 2" (featuring TeeFlii)
3:05
11."Grinding All My Life"
2:55
12."Million While You Young" (featuring The-Dream)
  • Asghedom
  • Johnson
  • Dutton
  • Groover, Jr.
  • Edwards
  • Cox, Jr.
  • Robert Mandell
  • Terius Nash
Mike & Keys4:24
13."Loaded Bases" (featuring Cee-Lo Green)
  • Rance
  • Mike & Keys
  • Jake One
3:11
14."Real Big" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)
  • Rance
  • Mike & Keys
6:22
Total length:56:21

Notes

  • "Succa Proof" originally didn’t feature credited vocals by Konshens and J-Black.
  • "Victory Lap", "Hussle & Motivate", and "Real Big" features additional vocals by Lauren London.
  • "Dedication" features additional vocals by Alexandria Dopson and Garren Edwards.
  • "Hussle & Motivate" features additional vocals by David Wade.
  • "Million While You Young" features additional vocals by Brian Morgan.
  • "Real Big" features background vocals by Alexandria Dopson and Rebekah Muhammad.
  • "Double Up" features additional vocals by Axl Folie.
  • "Double Up" and "Right Hand 2 God" features additional vocals by Zacari.

Samples

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[4]

Performers

Technical

  • Andrew Grossman – mixing assistant
  • Dave Kutch – mastering
  • Derek Ali – mixing
  • Cyrus “NOIS” Taghipour - mixing
  • Ethan Stevens – engineer
  • Garnett Flynn – engineer, scratching
  • Jeremy Brown – engineer
  • Mario "Wizzo" Fernandez – engineer
  • Matt Jacobson – mixing advisor, mixing assistant
  • Matt Schaeffer – engineer
  • Matty Rich – engineer
  • Ralo Stylez – engineer
  • Rich Keller – mixing
  • Roger Butler – engineer, programming
  • Tarik Johnston – engineer
  • Zachary Acosta – mixing assistant

Musicians

  • Brody Brown – keyboards
  • Dave Forman – guitar
  • DJ Battlecat – talkbox
  • Doc Allison – cello, strings
  • Eric Choice – keyboards
  • Mike & Keys – bass arrangement
  • Larrance "Rance" Dopson – keyboards
  • Uncle Chucc – guitar

Production

  • Amaire Johnson – production
  • Axel Folie – production
  • Brody Brown – additional production
  • D.O. Speaks – production
  • DJ Khalil – production
  • G Koop – production
  • Jake One – production
  • Kacey Khalil – additional production
  • Larrance Dopson – production
  • Mike & Keys – production, additional production
  • Mr. Lee – production
  • Murda Beatz – production
  • My Guy Mars – production, additional production
  • Nipsey Hussle – production
  • Ralo Stylez – production
  • Rance – production, additional production
  • Sap – production
  • Street Symphony – production
  • Travis Walton – production

Additional personnel

  • Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Asghedom – executive producer, composer
  • Jimmy Fontaine – photography
  • Jorge Peniche – creative director, photography
  • Natalie Apadula – project manager
  • Samiel "Blacc Sam" Asghedom – executive producer
  • Stephen "Fatts" Donelson – executive producer
  • Steven "Steve-O" Carless – executive producer
  • Virgilio Tzaj – art direction, design

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018–19) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 71
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 137
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[17] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[18] 40
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 165
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 20
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 93
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 56
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[23] 7
US Billboard 200[24] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[25] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Skelton. "Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap' Album Has Arrived". Complex. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  2. ^ Eric Skelton. "The First Week Numbers for Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap' Are In". Complex. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  3. ^ "Reviews for Victory Lap by Nipsey Hussle". Metacritic. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Z. Yeung, Neil. "Victory Lap – Nipsey Hussle". AllMusic. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Clark, Trent (February 15, 2018). "Review: "Victory Lap" Confirms Nipsey Hussle's Marathon Paid Off". HipHopDX. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Nipsey Hussle "Victory Lap" Review". HotNewHipHop. February 21, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  7. ^ a b McQuaid, Ian. "Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap review – west coast rap at its finest". The Guardian. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Pearce, Sheldon (February 24, 2018). "Nipsey Hussle: Victory Lap Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Glaysher, Scott (February 28, 2018). "Nipsey Hussle Delivers Street Sermons on 'Victory Lap' Album". XXL. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  10. ^ Eric Skelton. "The First Week Numbers for Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap' Are In". Complex. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
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  12. ^ Caulfield, Keith (April 7, 2019). "Billie Eilish's 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "Victory Lap by Nipsey Hussle on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  14. ^ "Nipsey Hussle ‎– Victory Lap". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  15. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #519". auspOp. April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  17. ^ "Nipsey Husle Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  19. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes – SNEP (Week 14, 2019)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  20. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. April 15, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap". Hung Medien. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  22. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  23. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  24. ^ "Nipsey Husle Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  25. ^ "Nipsey Husle Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.