Monday, 29 April 2019

JAY-Z Honors Nipsey Hussle with Freestyle Rap: 'I Never Dreamed He Would Be Killed'

JAY-Z paid tribute to the late rapper Nipsey Hussle during an intimate concert in New York on Friday night.

The 49-year-old rapper, who was a close friend and collaborator with Hussle, performed a freestyle song in honor of the slain musician and activist, who was killed in Los Angeles last month.

During his performance at Webster Hall in New York City, JAY-Z took a break from his set list to perform the impromptu rap.

In the freestyle song, which was captured in an Instagram post by BET Networks, the 22-time Grammy winner rapped: “Gentrify your own hood before these people do it/ Claim eminent domain and have your people move in/ That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/ For anybody still confused as to what he was doing.

“The neighborhood designed to keep up trapped / They redline us so property declines if you by blacks / They depress the asset and take the property back / It’s a ruthless but ingenious plan in fact,” he continued.

JAY-Z addressed Hussle again later in the rap, saying, “I told neighborhood Nipsey stay close/ There’s a hundred million dollars on your schedule, lay low … I never dreamed he’d be killed in a place that he called home.”

Earlier this month, the hip-hop mogul shared a tribute to Hussle (born Ermias Asghedom) in the program of A Celebration of Life, the large public memorial for Hussle held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

“‘Top of the top,’ this is how Nip always greeted me in the morning as if he was reminding me that he was steadfastly holding on to the top of the top of his own life string and destiny!” JAY-Z wrote in the program, obtained by Complex.

“So, Top of the top – Nip,” said JAY-Z of Hussle, who worked closely with Hov’s record label Roc Nation and was a close friend.

The two rappers connected back in 2013, when Hussle released his independent album Crenshaw, selling the CDs for $100 a piece. Hearing of the entrepreneurial rapper’s new project, JAY-Z reached out and arranged to purchase 100 copies of the disc for $10,000.

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