By Jared Coles
After 6 years, Nipsey Hussle releases his debut Album, Victory Lap.
After a decade of being a member of the West Coast underground mixtape scene, Nipsey Hussle has finally dropped his long-awaited debut album Victory Lap. Nipsey Hussle is the perfect example of how hard work pays off. Instead of folding when the fame didn’t come, Nipsey carved out a spot for himself. He sold copies of his Crenshaw mixtape for $100 each and got JAY-Z to not only endorse him, but also buy 100 copies of it. He also has a popular clothing line along with other business ventures and stores. Nipsey demonstrates this hustle all over album, with stories of some of his highest and lowest moments in life. He reflects on how far he’s come and how much more he wants to accomplish.
The album itself is a motivational speech, so much so that on the fifth song “Dedication,” Kendrick Lamar shows admiration for Nipsey’s grind. Nipsey reminds us that he is in a class of his own on songs such as “Rap Ni***s” and “Last Time That I Checc’d,” which features fellow California native YG. Nipsey loosely details his rise to the top in “Grinding All My Life,” and gives advice on “Million While You Young.” This album is filled with little gems on how to be confident and each song filled with Nipsey’s accomplishments motivates his listeners in a different way every time.
As a fan of Nipsey Hussle, I can confidently say it was well worth the wait. Check it out for yourself down below.