Nipsey Hussle and the Creative Genius of Black Youth

Jooyoung Lee
Apr 17, 2019 - 5:00
Nipsey Hussle and the Creative Genius of Black Youth

I still remember the first time I visited Crenshaw and Slauson. It was a beautiful, sunny day in April and I was there to hang out with my pop-locking mentor, Tick-A-Lott. Back then I was writing about the careers of aspiring rappers from “South Central” LA (or what officials renamed “South” LA). I didn’t know what to expect as I drove through the side streets near Hyde Park, but was surprised to see a neighborhood that appeared vacant. Nobody was in the park, kids weren’t riding bikes or chasing ice cream trucks down the street, and the stoops were empty.

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2 Replies to “Nipsey Hussle and the Creative Genius of Black Youth”

  1. Great article. I’ve always said that we (ol head Black folk) have been as guilty as YT-folk in marginalizing our youth. In a lot of ways they are way more smarter, and more importantly, less tolerant of the B-S that we have n still are taking from YT folk.
    Call me naive, but I believe that Nipsey rep the “Rule” as opposed to the “Exception”. In other words, they’re way more Bros n Sis out there that care, than those that don’t.
    Again, great article.

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