Nipsey Hussel drops “Crenshaw” Mixtape!
Been looking forward to some new Nipsey for a while. After teasing fans with a trickle of tracks (or leaks as Nipsey would have it) like Smoking With My Stylist and Blessings, leading up to what most fans probably thought would be the release of The Marathon Vol.3 - Victory Lap, the independent LA MC, instead, dropped Crenshaw, a tour de force of new wave west coast hip hop featuring appearances from Rick Ross and fellow L.A. based MC, Dom Kennedy.
Crenshaw is Nipsey's first attempt to sell his music rather than giving his music away for free and making his loot through his live shows. True to his #FUCCTHAMIDDLEMAN and #PROUD2PAY mantras, Nipsey had a goal of selling at least 1,000 copies at $100 each before making Crenshaw available for , as he's with all his previous mixtapes.
And #PROUD2PAY they were. Fans started lining up at his Pop-up-shop in LA last night and since 2pm this afternoon, Nipsey sold over 1,000 copies, signing each one in 14K gold(!). #FUCCTHAMIDDLEMAN indeed!
To ease myself into the substantial 20 track tape (the first track Crenshaw BLVD is an intro), I had planned to listen to the tape passively in the background while getting some work done; that plan went out the window as soon as the first track, U See Us - a track that represents on a whole of what Crenshaw has to offer, started playing. I can only describe it as quinessential Post-Bullets-Have-No-Names-Nipsey. To be specific, I'm referring to a classic west coast sound, appropriate and economical flow, and lyrics of substance & authenticity. Nipsey has always been what I perceived to be, what New West Coast should sound like.
Based on my relatively brief first few hours with the music, some initial favorites are U See Us, The Weather, Go Long, Change Nothing, and the (ILL as WHAT!) 12 minute finale Crenshaw and Slauson.
Have a listen below or Download for free directly from the defacto mixtape source Datpiff.com and Let us know what you think of the tape in the comments!
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