Remembering John Singleton and Nipsey Hussle, Plus the Style and Swag of Lizzo and Beyoncé
Mark Anthony Neal on the legacy of Nipsey Hussle:
He was an underground guy. He made his reputation basically on a mixtape he did in 2013 that he sold for $100 ... He had just released his first official major label release which earned him a Grammy award. What folks loved about Nipsey was the fact that he was someone not famous famous ... but someone who clearly has some name recognition and has the ability to leave the hood, if you will, but chose to maintain the roots that he had built in his community — starting businesses, creating partnerships, being visible in the hood. And it's a challenge. It's a thing your heart says that you should do, but if you're talking about long term sustainability it's also going to make you a target.