“Born in the 80s, raised in the Sixties”: Nipsey Hussle gives some background on gang ties and who he may or may not see as an “enemy” on the street in a two-part interview with Streetgangs.com’s Alex Alonso.
C-Boy from Harlem (not the Uptown locale, but Jefferson Park) called me once about 5 months ago to tell me about Thundercat from the 60s. His grind had been paying off for a while and he was ready to take his rap game corporate.
Nipsey Hussle is the rap name of the aforementioned hood star from 60s, pictured in the video above, who says he’s never seen Kurupt on the block. He considers him a D.P.G only.
Hussle still has a lot to prove. If the son of a Black mother and an Eritreanfather can pick up where Game left off, then he’s in good shape. But just like the Game, he needs some radio- friendly hook-happy hits to push his star along. Because these days, the biggest news out of L.A. hiphop is going to be how a Utah high school wasn’t gangster enough for G. Malone.
The video above comes from Alex Alonso‘s streetgangs.com. He’s considered an expert by the local media and was a grad student researching gangs when he started to get recognized for his work as a web aggregator and something of a gang historian. Originally from New York, you can see how the peculiarity of west coast gang culture bit Alonso hard. His site holds a deep archive of news reports and video
For more on Nipsey Russell:
For more on Nipsey Hussle:
- Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Vol 1. and Vol. 2 via Datpiff
- Cinematic Music Group (In addition to Hussle, their roster includes Sean Kingston and Tabi Bonney’s The Crybabies. Also check the Cinematic @ myspace.)
- Jonny Shipes (record label dude for Cinematic)