Verse: 3
Best line: “Really not too spooked, calmly asked me, ‘Am I dyin’ now?’/All I know is keep you calm and collected/Crackin’ jokes like, ‘Nigga, now you gon’ be finally respected’”

Nipsey Hussle’s storytelling abilities take center stage on the last verse of “Blue Laces 2,” where he vividly depicts the aftermath of a shootout. At the heart of the tale is a wounded associate and a race to get him somewhere safe while avoiding the police. The lines play out like a scene from a movie, and knowing these experiences are taken straight from Nipsey’s memory makes the performance that much more moving. “I was overwhelmed because of how truthful it was,” he told NPR. “The third verse, especially, is about a moment in my life.” —Edwin Ortiz

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