Nipsey Hussle

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Nipsey Hussle was an American rapper, activist, and entrepreneur. His fourteen year career led to him becoming one of the biggest influences in West Coast rap, gaining more and more recognition with the release of each of his mixtapes. These led to the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Victory Lap in 2018. His passions extended beyond his music, which he explored with the establishment of his Marathon Clothing store in 2017 and his deduction to community activism. Sadly, his life was tragically cut short at the young age of 33, but his work and impact in the hip hop world and beyond are still felt today. Source

Excerpt from "Bigger Than Life"

No I don't want your love, it’s not why I make music 

I owe myself, I told myself back then that I would do this 

And I always look so out of reach, and just seem so confusing 

That I felt my place in life, a young black man it seems so useless 

But I don’t want no help, just let me suffer through this 

The world would not know Jesus Christ if there was never Judas 

This knife that's in my back will be the truth that introduced us 

And the distance in between us is the proof of my conclusion 

Life is what you make it, I hope you make a movement 

Hope your opportunity survives the opportunist 

Hopin' as you walk across the sand, you see my shoe print 

And you follow 'til it change your life, it’s all an evolution 

And I hope you find your passion 'cause I found mine in this music 

But I hope it’s not material 'cause that’s all an illusion 

And they all in collusion / This racist institution, double standard 

Actin' like they not the reason we ruthless

Published:

1999

Length:

Regular

Literary Movements:

Rap & Hip Hop

Anthology Years:

Themes:

Faith & Hope

Music & Sports

Racial Injustice

Rap & Hip Hop

Literary Devices:

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.

Metaphor

a comparison between two unrelated things through a shared characteristic