After nearly a decade, Nipsey Hussle has finally arrived.
First impacting in 2005 with Slauson Boy Vol. 1, Nip didn’t make noise until his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name mixtapes and the single “Hussle in the House” (which still goes, by the way). After signing with Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records (and being named one of XXL’s first Freshmen, in 2010), he would suffer the telltale label issues a myriad of artists before and after him dealt with — being shelved (“Hussle in the House” was banned from radio play, he says, because of its apparent “glorification of gang culture”) — before going independent and founding his own label All Money In in 2010.
Following The Marathon and The Marathon Continues mixtapes, Nip released 2013’s Crenshaw and 2014’s Mailbox Money with a unique premise: he sold 1,000 physical copies of the mixtape for $100 each. Three years later he’s decided to sign again to a major label, this time Atlantic Records, and has finally released his debut album Victory Lap.
Led by the singles Rap Ni**as,” “Been Down” with Swizz Beatz, “Last Time That I Checc’d” with YG, and “Dedication” with Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey calls upon the likes of Stacy Barthe, Diddy, Buddy, Teeflii, The-Dream, CeeLo Green and Marsha Ambrosius to help him throughout the 15-track release.
It’s been a long time; don’t wait a second longer and press play below and add the album to your preferred streaming platform.