Nipsey Hussle Has Been On The Grind Relentlessly & It’s Paying Off (Audio)
Artists like Chance The Rapper and Kanye West have challenged the old music industry model through making award-winning, critically-acclaimed albums without seeking a sales transaction. In his own lane, Nipsey Hussle has done something similar. The L.A. rapper has stayed relevant without ever dropping an official LP. He made paying for mixtapes a fashion trend for the first time in more than a decade and treated physical copies as a status symbol that even had JAY-Z stepping in. None of this devalues Hussle’s artistry or message in the least. Along the way, Nip’ seemed to do for himself what his lengthy major label tenure could not.
“Grindin’ All My Life” tells that story of persistence and ambition. According to 2DopeBoyz, this track appeared in the Ghost Recon: Wildlands game, but deserves to stand alone—as it does. Nipsey details the fight inside the lion, and how that battery in his back is leading him to a not-so-promised-land of self-sufficiency. Nipsey Hussle fought to stay alive, battled so many challenges in the industry, and he never slowed his roll.
#BonusBeat: Nipsey Hussle, whose career blossomed in the early 2000s, may have been one of the MCs who suffered a heavy setback following the Graduation vs. Curtis battle, 10 years ago yesterday (September 11, 2007). This TBD episode examines: