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Rick Ross Correlates Nipsey Hussle & Young Dolph Murders To 2PAC & Biggie Tragedies



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It seems that Hip Hop is losing another influential voice in the culture every single year due to gun violence. The murders of history pivoting rappers, Nipsey Hussle and Young Dolph, in 2019 and 2021, have left an indelible mark on the hip hop genre.

A recent interview Rick Ross conducted with HotNewHipHop compared the loss of Dolph and Neighborhood Nip to that of Hip Hop deities Biggie Smalls and 2Pac in the ’90s.

“Losing Nipsey and Dolph for this generation, I’m sure, was just as equivalent or greater to what [Biggie Smalls] or [2Pac] was for my generation,” he proclaimed.

Rick Ross Wanted Nipsey Hussle On His Label In 2013

In 2013, Rick Ross came close to signing Nipsey Hussle to his Maybach Music Group imprint. During an interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood in 2018, the West Coast icon described the reasons as to why he turned down the lucrative offer from his “Fountain of Youth” collaborator to pursue his independent career.

“I was gonna do the deal when Ross put the MMG thing on the table” Nip said. “Just the terms and the way Ross set up [things], and the way the conversation started in that building, it was a great opportunity. It was a great situation. I just had a concern with my team getting credit for breaking Nipsey Hussle, so I necessarily didn’t want to take that from my team.”

Nipsey continues…

“I would have took that deal. Even just outside of the terms, just how Ross hustles. I believe in Ross as a hustler. Everything he said and done, every convo we had, every time I sent a verse he executed it. So I got a lot of respect for Rozay, so I would have just done it off GP. But I got a team I committed to ahead of time, and I had to make sure they got the credit for what they did.”

The Murders Of Nip And Dolph Left An Impact

Nipsey Hussle and Young Dolph remain two of the most egregious deaths in hip-hop in recent years. As they grew up in their respective neighborhoods, their music reflected their experiences, and their entrepreneurial endeavors extended opportunities. In identifying their potential early on, Ross cultivated it using wisdom and game.

Artists such as Dolph and Nipsey were the roses that sprouted from the concrete. Artists who have built their careers through unrelenting dedication and diligent work also show a grind that reflects Ross’s own development in many ways. The sense of appreciation for the craft itself is evident. For this reason, Ross proposed signing Nipsey Hussle to MMG at an early stage in his career. It did not transpire in the end, but the conversations, Ross says, lasted years. They covered business moves and possible label affiliations, as well as simply being fans of hip-hop.

Written by: Nikiya Biggs


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