Ain’t Hard Enough (feat. Mozzy) I Do This (feat. Young Thug & Mozzy) Shell Shocked Full Time (feat. Mitchy Slick) Clarity (feat. Bino Rideaux & Dave East) Thug Life (feat. Young Thug) One Hunnit Picture Me Rollin’ Status Symbol 2 (feat. Buddy) Basic Instinct (feat. G Perico) Question #1 (feat. Snoop Dogg) The Field (feat. Bino Rideaux & Young Dolph) On the Floor (feat. Cuzzy Capone) I Don’t Stress Mercy (feat. Stacy Barthe) Down as a Great (feat. Kirko Bangz)

It was nothing short of a tragedy when Nipsey Hussle was senselessly killed in March 2019, but if theres any consolation to be found, its in the music he left behind, where his powerful legacy is distilled. Slauson Boy 2 exemplifies how the Crenshaw native embodied hip-hop at its best: With style and conviction, he rapped his dreams into existence on his own terms, telling true-life gangster tales that paved the way for real community-building (specifically, in his case, the corner of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard). Nipseys clear-eyed, cool-headed flow is enough to hold the project together, bouncing over low-key beats that put a new spin on West Coast classicism. But youd be wise to pay close attention to the game Nipsey generously spits throughout, espousing his ideals of staying independent, buying back the block, and believing in your own self-worth: You make your dream realer, and you make your team better, he raps on Down as a Great. The hook of that same song goes, Im tryna go down as a great. That he achieved it goes without saying.

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