On Sunday, March 31st, 2019 the world lost a West Coast legend and today we’re paying respect to Los Angeles’ own Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle.

A year has passed since Nipsey Hussle’s untimely demise and so much has happened in this world since then that it’s hard to believe he has been gone for just a short period of time. From the Australian wildfires, Kobe Bryant’s death, and the COVID-19 virus. Seem the world has gone through so much that we’re always in mourning.

I decided to dedicate a playlist in memory of Nip by adding tracks of some of my favorite original songs and features from the hip hop icon. The first time I ever listened Nip was live on 93.5 Kday’s Westside Radio with Julio G, he played this familiar beat that I had already loved from Kris Kross from the early 1990s. Once I heard Nip’s voice on “Hussle in the House” I was immediately hooked. I was proud to see a new west coast artist emerge from the ashes of the Death Row 90s west coast days. It was refreshing, it was what the Coast needed. This was officially a new era!

Fast forward to 2009, I finally saw him perform live on the “How The West Won” tour with Snoop Dogg and DJ Quik in Anaheim. From there on out I knew this guy was meant for greatness. The way he rapped, his swagger, his stage presence alone had the entire audience focused on his words. He immediately made me a fan for life after this night in 2009. Nearly 10 years later, I saw Nip perform at the San Manuel Amphitheatre as he rapped songs from his new album, “Victory Lap.” I believe that was one of his last performances ever and glad to say I saw this man perform his new album in full for the world.

This playlist features a ton of music that I first heard on the radio, through blogs, at backyard parties, or just in the car smoking a joint with friends. They all bring me back to a certain part of my life that I dearly hold to my heart, it was a part of my youth. Hopefully, all of you enjoy it and blast it in your car.

The Best of Nipsey Hussle: A One Year Memorial Playlist

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