Interview by Dove ~Sheepish Lordess of Chaos~
RadioPlanet.tv: There’s a lot of buzz going around about you, not only from your fans, but a lot of industry and media people are really getting behind you right now. Talk a little bit about how Felli Fel and various people have helped support you and get your movement out to the fans.
Nipsey Hussle: Felli Fel is big in L.A.; he’s one of the top DJs at Power 106. I got a company calledAll Money In and we was real heavy on the streets as far as promotion, getting these mixtapes out and trying to saturate the whole California market. At one point in time we had posters across the whole city of L.A., mixtapes in every liquor store, barber shop, mom and pops store and V.I.P Records, any means of distributing our product we had.
RPT: Do you think music has made gangbanging a little more glorified than what it really is?
Nipsey Hussle: Yeah, most definitely I do. I think people have the image of a gangbanger or a gang member misconstrued like it’s glamorous or a rock star image or attractive to ladies. There’s only two outcomes to gangbanging [death or jail] people need to understand that’s not just what people say, that’s the true nature of this lifestyle and this mentality.
When you see a person that was successful with rap music and they’ve become financially stable, then they try to go back and pick up a rag to say that they’re a Blood or a Crip, it’s disrespectful to people that really grew up in that element. Not only in L.A., but in Chicago and other places where gangbanging is real culture and not just a fad, it’s a real dominant culture for the streets. It’s almost a slap in the face and disrespectful to the people that have died over that and are still knee deep in that lifestyle.