By Rah

Only last year, the late Nipsey Hussle ominously called himself the “Tupac of his generation” on “Dedication” from his Grammy-nominated Victory Lap album. Musicians have measured up themselves and been set side by side to Tupac for a range of reductive reasons and most have fell short after the iconic rapper’s 1996 murder. Comparisons will always be made If a Rapper is shot, returns home from the penal institution like Boosie, or flaunts a devoted fanbase at the time of their fatality like XXXtentacion, performers and their fans won’t hold back to evoke the throwback legacy of Makavelli. But for Nip, his claim wasn’t a self-gratifying pride. He explained to Billboard it had to do with “intent.” Hip-hop followers have mutually commemorated Nipsey’s life and discussed his knowledge and wisdom all throughout the past couple of weeks. It’s eventually become clear that his intents for his Global community in addition to he’s very own neck of the woods the ethnology were more made parallel with Tupac’s than most musicians.

Sadly, there have been devotees both old and young on social networks who have put the pair versus each other, declaring that one wasn’t deserving of being matched up to the alternative. The mud-slinging coming from both sides exemplifies a disheartening low in hip-hop’s generational gap. The actuality is, to paraphrase Nas’s line about him and Tupac being soldiers from the same struggle, and alike Nipsey and Tupac were soldiers of the same struggle. Nipsey understood that.

Last Friday, gang members from all around LA took a walk in unity for Nipsey in a peace walk that hasn’t taken place on such a gigantic scale since the 1992 treaty amongst Bloods and Crips. On the night of Nipsey’s passing, many LA locals thought that his Rollin ’60s Neighborhood Crip set would trigger a shockwave of vindictive gang violence in very much the same process to the bloody aftermath of Tupac’s slaying. But Nipsey was supposedly shot by a person he had actually known for years, which lightened that possibility. As opposed to gang members verifying Nipsey’s legacy with trigger fingers, the Crips and Bloods encountered with open arms.

 

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Nip, On God If Satan listening I Rebuke You and every minion that stand beside em.. I Know Fate and Tragedy didn’t serve us like that King.Destiny Didnt Work us like that. We Felt Each other energy so cold you doubled back on me and sat down in the booth and we shook each other hand with a firm grip and didn’t release the shake til 5 mins later. It’s Crazy when I walked in, you had your back to me unaware and I had to tap you to get bye, we both looked like Ooh what we on, I said “What Up Nip” and you said hold on to the person you was talking too and said “Yo Name FireBugg Huh From Centinela.” You said “ I been peeping your campaign and push for a minute you don’t remember we was in the tank together when you first fell. I been wanting to run into you. You said “ Let me come holla at you after this conversation”. We sat in that booth and you said “Bro I got a vision and I been needing a nigga who hold a voice and solid mindstate,” We both acknowledged the fact we was sworn enemies by gang rights but we said we was born brothers by essence and you said our meeting would bring controversy but the one who could stand it is the one you honored to deal with.” You said “ I’m heading to Anaheim real quick I’m in the studio tonight would you Mind pulling up I wanna work tonight” I told you drop a location and I’ll pull up Nela Alone you laughed and said Fa sho call you so you could store it in, you said “let’s get this flick and fuck the streets up.” Cold Part I’m out with my niggas last night and they was supportive on it but was skeptical, then you hit back checking in on me and I knew shit was real. I didnt see no Red And Blue yesterday I seen Martin and Malcolm and you told me some shit ima carry Nigga. You said “Bro I ain’t heard a demo out you but im telling you it’s your time and ima help you”🙏🏽 Hopefully you got the message to @jstone_allmoneyin for me. @killatwan_allmoneyin told me you tapped in with em and spoke highly of me. 1 Love And Peace God. We lost a Prophet. Niggas is lost B. RIP King 👑 Nip Hussle. Homage from a Inglewood General. #RIPNIP#RedBlueGreen#Frenemies#🙏🏽YaFamily

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Energy and lifestyle are the 2 major big differences between Tupac and Nipsey, in the last years of their growth. At the time of his death, Nipsey was a 33-year-old Dad of two in positive head space, looking to make great for his Hyde Park section of LA. Tupac was a 25-year-old, free-spirited and unrestricted nomad who his pals and loved ones recalled was searching for a big bro in all the inappropriate areas.

Indeed as Tupac intended to unify different zones of hip-hop via his One Nation album, he was adding fuel to the flames of beef with Bad Boy Records and a multitude of different New York musicians. Nipsey recognized Tupac’s dichotomy when shedding light on his “Dedication” remarks to Billboard:

Nipsey’s declaration about Tupac’s purpose was on the money. Tupac’s godfather, Black Panther Jamal Joseph, remembered in his Panther Baby autobiography that he got into an “ongoing battle” with Tupac, who he thought was going in reverse from the initial Panther agenda by so excitedly classifying himself as a thug. However Tupac’s original objectives were making an effort to take advantage of his Panther networks and trojan horse Black liberation as an aim of the streets. The fiery rap artist, who had come close to opting for activism with the New Afrikan Panthers liberation group rather than a rap career, had pioneered a Thug Life code with his stepfather Mutulu Shakur. He got gang members in LA and dope dealers in New York to meet and talk about fixing the code.

 

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