"Hidden Gems"

On February 16, Nipsey Hussle added to this dope Black History Month with his new album Victory Lap. This is a continuation of his race themed albums (The Marathon, The Marathon Continues [TMC], X-Tra Laps). This theme comes from a metaphor Nipsey uses for life being that the road to success is a marathon, not a sprint. This mentality definitely reflects in his music and what he talks about.

The gist of Nipsey’s essence is boss music. Throughout this album he gave us constant gems on how to expand our business minds and grow as self made people. Hearing Nipsey talk about the the different levels of the game and giving us advice on how to move kind of reminds me of Hov’s 4:44. On “Last Time That I Checc’d”, Nip talked about how he’s been doing big stuff since he came out. Brags about being independent and playing his cards right constantly threads thru this song and create a clear validation of Nips legacy. On “Dedication”, he took it one step further to talk about the sacrifices he made to be great. Topped off with a real verse from Kendrick Lamar giving his story of being locked into his lifestyle and working with Nipsey.

Along with working with Kendrick, a lot of other well-known artists touched this album. Other features on this album included YG, Dom Kennedy, Diddy, The Dream, CeeLo Green, and Marsha Ambrosius to name a few. Most of the features on the album stem from west coast artists, which is dope because you can tell that they are paying homage to Nipsey and who he is to their culture.

This takes me to the production of the album. For the most part, the album holds the sounds of classic west coast music. Crazy bounce, with hard bass, and smooth hooks. A lot of the beats can easily remind you of old west coast rappers like Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, or Ice Cube to name a few. Check out this album if you are looking for any level of motivation along with some nice bounce. My favorite tracks on the album are “Dedication”, “Loaded Bases”, and “Victory Lap”.

Check out Nipsey's interview with the Breakfast Club where he talks about the album, his relationship with Diddy, and stories about him coming up.