Bleu Magazine has officially released their new issue featuring the Crenshaw native, and the “rap king of mix-tapes,” Nipsey Hussle as he graces the front cover. This self-made artist reveals the raw, uncovered details of his life as a rap artist and his business ethics in the exclusive interview.
“I come from an area where we are cannibals. We destroy ourselves and don’t allow “Nipsey Hussles” to happen.”
Having been on the receiving end of some not-so-nice press recently with his relationships, and his arrests, Hussle sets the record straight in Bleu Magazine; and reveals that he is ready to leave the drama in the dust.
Pick up the issue now in selected stores and newsstands, but in the meantime check out excerpts from the interview below…
On his role as an artist:
“You’ve got a job as an artist which is staying relevant and telling the truth, I feel like you’ve got to have a relationship with your fans and the people that are tuning in to you.”
On playing the long game:
“My strength has always been talking to the streets and motivating people… telling real life stories about coming from nothing and making myself successful. You’re not going to just be this prodigy that made it from [a] crazy situation and conquers the rap game in one stroke. As poetic and dope as that would be, that’s not what’s going to happen. You’ve got to build this thing.”
On selling his iconic 2013 Crenshaw mix tape for $100 each:
“We were looking at the game and saw how the value was changing. So I decided that I wasn’t going to chase radio. I was going to cater to the audience and do what I knew was best / I’ve gambled on my career a couple of times, leaving Epic and leaving a major deal. It was a time when they called me crazy, but it was also when I looked like a genius.”
Written by: Treye Green
Photographer: Elton Anderson
Stylist: Apuje Kalu
Grooming & Make-Up: AJ Crimson
Get more over at Bleu Magazine.