It was not until last year that he released his own debut studio album, "Victory Lap," via Atlantic Records (in partnership with All Money In). The LP debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard chart and was nominated for best rap album at the Grammys, losing to Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy."
He collaborated with a wide array of rappers including Drake, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Childish Gambino, Rick Ross and YG. He was an occasional actor and had a memorable performance as a rapper with a feminist awakening on CW's sitcom "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."
Hussle also guest-starred on YG's anti-Trump hip-hop hymn "FDT," rapping : "I'm from a place where you prolly can not go / speakin 'for some people that you prolly is not know / it's built up and it's prolly gonna blow."
our culture, there's a narrative that says, "Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers," "he told The Los Angeles Times last year. "And that's cool but there's something that says," Follow Elon Musk, follow Zuckerberg. "I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the
He added: "I just want to give it back in an effective way."
His death drew condolences from across the music industry and beyond, with everyone from Drake and Rihanna to Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook recognizing the stamp he left in his city.
"It's dangerous to be a MC," Nas wrote on Instagram. "It's dangerous to have money. Dangerous To Be A Black Man … Nipsey is a True voice. He will never be silenced. "