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Nipsey Hussle

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Reflections on the rapper’s passing

Nipsey Hussle on a boat with his left hand raised. A still from his music video for “Victory Lap”
Nipsey Hussle on a boat with his left hand raised. A still from his music video for “Victory Lap”

“Don’t let the water in the boat,” Nipsey Hussle told me on February 22, 2018, six days after the release of his album Victory Lap. “The boat’ll never go down if you don’t let the water in the boat.” It was advice he shared with his daughter sometimes, wise words to hang onto when facing any kind of adversity.

“And that’s just water,” he said. “You know what I’m sayin’? That’s just rough seas. We got a destination. We tryin’ to get across the ocean to the other country, or to whatever land on the other side of this water…


As a friend and business partner, DJ Skee supported Nipsey’s mission to own his art even when it required leaving major cash on the table

Photo illustration. Image sources: Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images, Donato Sardella/Getty Images.

It’s an anomaly for someone to earn unequivocal respect from all circles of life, especially in the divisive world we live in today, but Nipsey Hussle did just that.

A true visionary, his only goal was to uplift, inspire his fans and empower everyone around him. In front of my eyes, Nipsey turned down millions of dollars and a path to instant fame in order to control his destiny with something he unequivocally believed in: full ownership.

The Marathon is much more than a clothing line, brand, or album title. It’s a way of life. Nipsey valued investing in his…

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