It was East meets West last night (March 19th) as Los Angeles native Nipsey Hussle brought his show to New York City's Santos Party House. Openers King Dreams, Colton Currie, L.A., Young Brodee and Word Spit also joined the Cali rhymeslinger.
The 2010 XXL Freshman opened his set with the hit single "Love," followed by highlights from his latest mixtape, TMC: The Marathon Continues, including tracks like "Road to Riches," Thas Wat Hoes Do," and "Fly Crippen."
Nipsey also asked the audience what they wanted to hear and spit song requests on the spot. He closed out the XXL, Pavoneo and Flud Watches-sponsored event by performing "Hussle in the House" to loud roars from those in attendance.
After his set, Nipsey met with XXL
to discuss the recent incident at an Arizona
show that left 13 people wounded.
"Off the top it was a tragedy," he expressed. "I'm glad nobody died. I'm glad that everybody is making it. From what I understand, making a good natural recovery."
He went on to say, "You know, I issued a statement out through my Twitter that was written by me. It was basically denouncing the whole situation. That's not what I represent through my music. That's not the fanbase that my music attracts. My condolences to everybody that was involved on the receiving end."
When asked about his thoughts on the 2012 XXL Freshmen
, Nip stated, "The Freshman team is like the new standard. You know, it's like a rite of passage in your career. You reach a point and get that cover, you feel like you've arrived.
"I felt honored [when I made it]," he continued. "I just knew that it was a benefit of hard work. It just made me set another goal. Now I want my own cover. I want my feature. All the artists that got it this year, deserved it." He added that he'd like to collaborate with 2012 Freshmen Iggy Azalea, Kid Ink, French Montana and Machine Gun Kelly in the near future.
Hussle is currently working on three projects that include a solo mixtape which will be the third installment of his Marathon series. He also plans to work with artists YG, The Game, Vado, Chevy Woods, Yo Gotti and Meek Mills, to name a few, very soon. His next mixtape is due out later this year. —Chanel Clark