This will be the hardest narrative I’ve ever written. Being an LA native born, raised and having frequently ran the streets only a short bike ride from where he built his empire and ultimately was taken from us, the life and death of Nipsey Hussle hit just a little differently. Over 2 months have gone by since that dreaded day and still, things don’t feel real. If there is anything that can be taken as a somewhat positive spin on an obviously dreaded situation, it’s that his life wasn’t wasted. Not a moment of it. As his interviews, motivational tweets, and music have begun to circulate at a higher frequency, it’s apparent that Nip accomplished what he came to do. At age 33, he accomplished more than almost anyone could imagine; especially those having to defy the odds of growing up in the type of environment that isn’t very forgiving or safe to say the least. When you consider hip hop artists, whether it be singers, rappers or producers, how many can really say they achieved as much as he did? Nipsey Hussle is, was, and forever will be a symbol of perseverance, focus, and hard work. From hustling in the parking lot, to selling his cd’s out the trunk, to building his brand up enough to get enough money to buy that same strip mall he hustled in, Nipsey had a dream, and attained it all the while remaining in a position of power and true to himself. Since his The Marathon mixtape, Nipsey Hussle has been trying to teach us about entrepreneurship, how to market yourself and to always bet on yourself and using your own money and ideas to execute your plans. His “All Money In” mentions, were more than that, it was a movement. We saw him progress with each project, skill wise as an artist, and success wise as a business man. While his Bullets Ain’t Got No Names projects got him attention, his consistency and progression displayed on The Marathon, The Marathon Continues, Crenshaw, and my personal favorite, Mailbox Money all allowed him to deliver his ultimate goal of releasing his debut album Victory Lap.