Nipsey Hussle isn’t asking his fans to do something that he wouldn’t do himself. The Los Angeles MC made major headlines this week when he dropped his latest Crenshaw CD and attached a $100 price tag to it, but is there any artist that Nipsey would drop a Benjy for?
“I would’ve definitely spent $100 on a Tupac album,” Hussle told MTV News on Wednesday. “Back when I was 7, $20 was like $100 and I was buying Tupac albums when I was a little kid, with my last lunch money.”
‘Pac isn’t the only rapper that Nipsey would go all in for; he has a short list of MCs that would prompt him to dig deeper into his pockets. “Jay Z, I’ll definitely spend $100 on a Jay album,” he said of Hov, who actually dropped $10,000 and bought 100 copies of Crenshaw from Nip at full price. “Biggie Smalls. Dom Kennedy, I’d spend $100 on the new Get Home Safe. I’m a fan of Dom, that’s it.”
Hussle showed love to every fan who purchased a copy of Crenshaw, but Louis Gray , the fan who bought the very first copy was chosen to hang out with Nipsey and his crew. “If I would’ve got that with an artist that I grew up loving and listening to like Tupac or DMX or Jay Z, I think that would’ve went a long way with me,” Nip said. “I feel like that’s what it’s about impacting and connecting emotionally with people.”
Nipsey left many fans and critics scratching their heads after he announced he’d be selling his disc for $100 bucks, but sold all 1,000 copies that he printed on the first day of release. It was his way of bucking the major-label record system. “It ISN’T the price of the plastic case and polyurethane disc…it’s the price of Revolution! The price of Rebellion against an industry that has tricked us all into making products that have no soul for fear of not being heard if we don’t,” Nipsey said in a statement issued to RapRadar.com.
Jay Z bought 100 copies in support. “They sent us $10,000, we sent them 100 CDs,” Nip told us. “I didn’t get a chance to holla at Jay, but through his people he made it clear that he respects the movement and everything. I was humbled by it. I felt like it was a good risk, and it ended up working out.”