After a huge weekend in Los Angeles, where he celebrated the release of his long-awaited Victory Lap album during NBA All-Star, Nipsey Hussle traveled to NYC this week… and made a stop by The Breakfast Club.
The Los Angeles rapper sat down for a nearly hour-long interview, where he discussed his history in the music game, industry politics, where he pulls inspiration and advice from, and of course, the new album,
Nipsey first talks about why he wanted to tell a similar message to that of Jay-Z or Tupac, rather than the current direction of hip-hop in his music.
Later, he details his first major deal with Epic Records, which he signed for the advance, which he used to fight a pending case he was facing. “I was under pressure when I took that deal. If I wasn’t, I don’t know what I woulda done, but my goal was to stay indie,” Nipsey said, before adding that he was “sincere” in signing, but it just didn’t work.
From here, Nipsey talks about mirroring the moves of hip-hop moguls like Birdman and Slim (Cash Money), J. Prince (Rap-A-Lot), Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella, and E-40 (Sick Wid It Record) — all individuals who went from indie to getting mainstream success.
Elsewhere, he reveals how Lauren London introduced him to Diddy, who gave him invaluable advice; Jay-Z always showing love and supporting his moves; and his frustration with the under representation hip-hop has in the tech world.
Watch the full interview up top.
Victory Lap is out now.