With Nipsey Hussle's debut album Victory Lap dropping just a week ago, the Los Angeles MC is making the interview rounds to talk about the industry, growing up on the West Coast, and some of the grittier details of gang culture and protocol.
He stopped by The Breakfast Club this morning to share his thoughts not only about the hard-fought journey to his debut and the rap game in general but also about a comment he made on BigBoyTV in response to Cardi B's use of gang terminology on Instagram. While he admits he's a fan of hers around the 32-minute mark, he also explains that her Instagram caption, which used the term "flue" alongside a photo of herself wearing a blue fur coat, is dangerous and should stay within private conversations. Cardi would subsequently receive death threats over the caption, which she eventually deleted.
"I like Cardi B! Anybody that doesn't like Cardi B a hater! Her personality is golden, but wrong is wrong right is right bro," Nipsey explained. "For the record, that's how bloods talk. Bloods say 'crab,' bloods say 'flue." Crips say 'slob,' crips say 'dead.' If I was with all my homeboys I'd be like bro get me a 'deadbull'. That's how we talk. But I be intentionally respectful on a record because we're talking about a public environment which is the music industry."
He went on to explain that most of the problems to befall legacies like Death Row Records came from their inability to keep their gang affiliations separate from business. "We saw what happened with Death Row. You gon' set trip in public? You gonna get caught on camera squabblin'. You gon violate while you worth 300 million, Suge Knight. You gon' go to the pen. Pac, you gon die. Right or wrong, that was gangbangin and set trippin publicly. We'd be bad leaders to recreate that."
Later in the interview, Nipsey explains why his album, with its strong message of entrepreneurship, sends an important message to those who are still in the lifestyle. "I wanted my message to impact gang culture," explains Nipsey. "I wanted what I had to say to impact individuals like myself, young people that were in these areas controlled by gangbanging. I didn't want to preach to the choir, but I wanted to say I'm one of you."
Watch the full interview above.