Serena Williams caused a bit of a stir when she Crip Walked after she won the women’s singles tennis gold medal at the London Olympics last Saturday (August 4). Many in the media have criticized her actions, suggesting it promotes gang violence, but Nipsey Hussle is coming to her defense.
“She went hard, fa sho…shout out to Serena,” Nip told XXLMag.com of her celebration.
Nipsey, who has self-identified as a Crip in the past, is from Los Angeles just like the tennis star, although they grew up on different sides of the city.
“Serenea from Compton,” Nipsey said. “We from the Westside. We from Crenshaw and Slauson. But, same type of situation as far as the things that go on in her area.
“I can imagine how excited she was to [C-Walk] at that level,” the former XXL Freshman added. ”I thought that was fresh, that she was bold enough to just be herself on that public platform. The world was watching and she just did her thing. I respect it. I like to see people at that level give a nod to who they really are, not be so under pressure to be proper. That was cool. She kept it gutter.”
Following the victory, Williams didn’t seem inclined to draw attention to the celebration, though. “It was just me; I love to dance,” she told reporters, according to Fox News. “I didn’t know what else to do. I was so happy, and next thing I know I started dancing and moving. I didn’t plan it. It just happened.”
When asked what the name was, she declined to specify. “Actually, there is a name, but I don’t know if I—it’s inappropriate,” she said. “It’s just a dance we do in California.”
Some articles and commenters deemed her actions as inappropriate, while others didn’t see cause for alarm. Among those also in support was a legendary Los Angeles rapper.
“Shot out to Serena williams. C walking at the Olympics Cpt style hahahahah! Go girl,” tweeted Snoop Dogg, who himself has brought the Crip Walk to mainstream culture during is lengthy career.
Nipsey Hussle is currently putting the finishing touches on his Victory Lap mixtape. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)