Nipsey Hussle: In His Own Words

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17:  Rapper Nipsey Hussle attends a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on January 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Nipsey Hussle: In His Own Words

The Crenshaw legend on music, business and life.

Published April 1st

Nipsey Hussle passed away on Sunday (March 31) at the age of 33. The rapper was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. 

While he died at such a young age, his words, lyrics and music made a large impact on those who took it all in.

As hip-hop mourns the loss of one of its most promising luminaries, BET Digital has pulled some quotes straight from the Slauson soldier to help remember his legacy.

Rest in peace, Nipsey Tha Great.

  1. Lyrics

    “Dirty money get washed on royalty statements / Black owners in this game are powerful racists / Young n****s in the set that's doin' it makeshift / Out the garage is how you end up in charge / That's how you end up in cars.”  – "Last Time That I Checc'd"

  2. “First you over dedicate, then you notice that you great/ And you been the whole time then it slap you in yo face/ Then you stack it in your safe, got it crackin', it was fate/ You the definition, n***a laughin' to the bank/ I'm a master of my fate/ Plus I'm the type of nigga own the masters to my tapes.” "Young N***a"

  3. "Ain't really trip on the credit, I just payed all of my dues/I just respected the game, now my name all in the news/ Trippin' on all of my moves, quote me on this, got a lot more to prove/ 'Member I came in this b***h, fresh out the county with nothin' to lose." "Hussle & Motivate"

  4. “Told my mama I'mma gang bang graduate/ Pioneered the transition from this Crippin' wasn't easy nigga, but I mastered it/ That's why I still deliver raps so passionate/ Built my own lane, ain't no nigga ever hand me shit/ Slauson Ave., do you understand the averages?/ The fact I'm still standing speaks volumes to my savages.” – "Love?"

  5. “Try to have more faith and less fear, try to express it to your peers, I’m talking about dreams / Better to do it and let it be seen, cause then it’s so clear.” – "Am I Gonna Make It"

  6. “If you sharing your success and not your struggle, you’s a fool.” – "U Don’t Got a Clue"

  7. “Just wanna feel the thrust, wanna feel the texture / Wanna feel the drop top breeze, wanna feel successful / Wanna change the game, never chase a message / Never stop grindin', cherish no possessions / We ain't get accepted, we just reinvested.” – Status Symbol 3”

  8. "I'm married to the game, that's who I made my wife / Said I die alone, I told that b***h she probably right / One thing that's for sure, not a stranger to this life / Got a safe that's full of Franklins and a shoulder full of stripes.” “Grinding All My Life”

  9. Quotes
    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 10: Rapper Nipsey Hussle attends A Craft Syndicate Music Collaboration Unveiling Event at Opera Atlanta on December 10, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

    “My thing is that I don't give no person that much power over my path that I'm walking. Not one person can make or break what I'm doing, except me or God.” (Complex)

  10. "We don’t want advances, we want equity. We don’t want one-off endorsements, we want ownership." (Forbes)

  11. "Don't play yourself for an opportunity. You'll consume yourself in the opportunity. When it's done, it'll be discovered that the way you got the opportunity was fraud." (The Cruz Show, Power 106 Los Angeles)

  12. "I wanted what I had to say to impact individuals like myself, young people that was in these areas controlled by gangbanging. I didn't want to preach to the choir, but I wanted to say I'm one of you. Wherever I go, wherever I end up you gon' know that you can end up there too." (The Breakfast Club, Power 105.1)

  13. "The truth is in you. Your life, it might not be on the top of your consciousness, but everything is there. So when you zero in, all the details will come back to you." – (BET Digital)

Written by BET Staff

Photo: Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

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