Nipsey Hussle Compares 'Black Panther' Storyline to the Gang Life Experience

Nipsey: "There are so many layers to that movie."

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Like many of us, Nipsey Hussle is a big fan of Black Panther.

“There are so many layers to that movie. It reminded me—and not in aesthetic, at all, but just in dynamic—it reminded me of Get Out[…] there’s layers to that movie, bro,” he explained during a recent appearance on Ebro in the Morning. “[Ryan Coogler] spoke to some real shit.”

Nipsey went on to talk about parts of the storyline that reminded him of gang life, specifically when it came to the character of Erik “Killmonger” Stevens (play by Michael B. Jordan).

“I remember there was a line saying, like, ‘I know the game of my oppressors’ game,’ […] and the other dude was like, ‘Nah, man, you’re using the same game that they used on you against your own people.’ That’s so real. That’s gang-banging,” Nipsey said at around the 20:50 mark in the video above. “As a gang banger, when you go on a mission, when you’re looking for your so-called enemy […] you’re gonna pass up a dude who’s dressed square. You’re gonna pass up a dude from a different race, but when you see someone that’s dressed like you dress, got the walk that you got, and got the body language like you, you’re gonna say, ‘There you go. Get him.’ And that’s deep […] You’re looking for yourself on the other side of town, and you’re gonna hop out and try to attack him.”

Nipsey also went on to talk about gang culture’s effect on music; his connection with Africa, where he father was born and raised; and his recently released debut album Victory Lap.

You can check out the full Ebro in the Morning interview above.

On Thursday, Nipsey also dropped the official music video for his album’s “Hussle and Motivate.” Watch it below.

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