Nipsey Hussle Talks Arizona Shooting, XXL 2012 Freshman Class

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

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  • Enlightened

    I’m so tired of hearing about Nipsey Hussle dropping a mixtape.

    I swear, this is the type of shit that validates those conspiracies theories. Nipsey was out before or at the same time as all of these other niggas that are getting their shot. Drake, Big Sean, J. Cole, and all these niggas. He has the image, the Snoop Dogg-type cool, the real street story, the lyrics, the delivery, EVERYTHING.

    Why is he not out? It’s like he’s refusing to do some bullshit like (literally) suck one of these executives’ dicks or something. Think about it…I’m not calling those other niggas gay, but would you be surprised if you found out any of these dudes who came out in the last 2-3 years and had success were gay? They all have a presence where I could at least say it wouldn’t surprise me.

    Nipsey has had a major deal as long as any of these niggas. His buzz has been super high and went back down he had a buzz so long. It makes no sense.

  • Live1ne

    Nipsey reminds me of the 90′s in a good way. He seems like an authentic genuine dude.

  • Nanoo915

    bitch he BEEN droppin mixtapes homie……u juz b on dat main stream bullshit…..nipsey da hottest nigga in da rap game rite now…..n the marathon will nvr stop….believe dat…..