Life is the greatest gift we can have. We have the power to create everlasting structures while possessing the ability to change lives. Through our hard work, we are able to have a positive impact on Earth while contributing to the greater good.
“I’m from where they tell you never touch the shell case, I’m from where they teach you never trust a pale face”
Unfortunately, for many of us, we are fighting an uphill battle. At a young age, we are conditioned to believe that our abilities are limited. A lot of this has to do with our environment.
Opportunities are scarce in lower-income neighborhoods. The mindset even in this day in age is still either rap, hoop, gang-bang or become a dope boy. While some fall victims to their environment, others, like Nipsey Hussle, find a way out.
“Night time, locs on, can’t even see the stars, but we still wish”
Although he is no different from his homies on the block, at the core of his being he knew he was an artist. While coming up in the streets, Hussleman’s future seemed bleak.
Seeing his loved ones killed on the corner, being incarcerated and involved in shootouts takes a toll on you. After surviving countless near-death experiences, Nipsey started moving at a different frequency. He sold his jewels and his whips and put his all into the music.
After years of consistently dropping fire mixtapes, Nipsey Hussle gifted the world Victory Lap. Partnering with Atlantic Records upon his release, the album proved to be a huge success.
During a compelling interview with NPR, Nipsey Hussle shared this,
“I’ve been through a lot, and we’ve been through a lot of setbacks and loss and moments where I didn’t know if it was going to happen.”
This is a moment Nip fans have been waiting for and the album did not disappoint. He’s brought the West Coast new life. Representing Los Angeles and putting the city back on the map, Neighborhood Nip is far from done. After grinding all of his life, now he finally has the time to soak it all in.
“It was just thinking about where I’m at in my life with my wife and my son. I always had a hunch that I could do it. It was always an uphill, I don’t know how I’m going to do it, type of thing. I just thought I could. I believed that if I just took steps toward it, the path will reveal itself.”
Nipsey Hussle’s story is nothing short of inspiring, but so is yours. Like Nip, you have to be true to yourself and work to become your most authentic self.
Once you have found your purpose in life, put all of your energy toward that. Align yourself with opportunities to become successful and you will be successful at whatever you do.
Take some time to reflect. Think about how far you’ve come and how much you’ve accomplished when the odds were stacked against you. Life is a marathon, but give yourself some credit every now and then. This is your victory lap. Enjoy.