Episode 4: Grieving the Murder of Nipsey Hussle

Apr 3, 2019 - 2:31

(Transcript and credits below) Transcript: Shaun King: It’s Wednesday, April 3rd and today I’m dedicating this entire episode to my friend and brother Nipsey Hussle – who, and it hurts to even say these words, was tragically shot and killed on Sunday. Like millions of people, I’m crushed for his family, for the community, for the city of Los Angeles – which he loved and repped as much as any one person could ever love and rep a city, and I’m crushed for the culture, for our nation, and even for our world. Today I’m going to spend some time unpacking why Nipsey means so much to so many of us – because while many of you didn’t know much about him...

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3 Replies to “Episode 4: Grieving the Murder of Nipsey Hussle”

  1. Great episode – great podcast. So pleased the North Star is rising – just what this country and world need. Love Shaun’s voice and prose – such a natural radio voice. Looking forward to longer podcasts with added guests and features.

  2. I’m enjoying the podcast too. I didn’t know about Nipsey Hussle before his awful murder, so I appreciate hearing how important he was from your perspective. His investments in the community do sound impressive.
    I just sampled a few of his songs via YouTube, and maybe I chose the wrong ones. Here’s where I’m confused. You said, “He didn’t glorify violence or gang life – and let me be honest here – sometimes that has happened in hip hop – where, in the name of simply telling stories – violence or drugs are glorified – but that truly was not what Nipsey was doing.” That’s not what I saw in my small sample.
    There was a lot of glorification of guns, as in much mainstream media. For example, on, “Last Time that I Checc’d,” what I saw and heard was the glorification of violence, materialism, and misogyny. He raps, because he made money through selling drugs but rose in the ranks of the gang, “Last time that I checked, it was five chains on my neck.” His advice is, “first get the money then respect. Then the power, and the hoes come next.” This sounds like a glorification of getting rich at all costs (an endorsement of brutal capitalism, not a critique of it) in order to purchase the exploitation of women described in a dehumanized way. This doesn’t sound like a song of liberation to me. Are there other songs in which he makes more of a critique? What am I missing?

  3. I loved this podcast; every time I listen to Shaun King, I feel like I learn and continually get the type of content I’VE BEEN CRAVING. Nipsey Hussle has touched the hearts of many. May he rest in peace and we continue his legacy.

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