’13 Best Mixtapes #8: Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw

Written By: @Elliottwilson January 8, 2014 @ 11:00 AM EDT

West Side Story.

You love to hear the story again and again. Nipsey Hussle shook up the game by releasing a limited amount of a 1000 albums and decided to sell them for a $100 dollars a pop. And boy did his true fans come through and even Hov applauded his new rules stance and copped a hundred himself. But now that we’re clear on Hussle’s business acumen, the question remains is Crenshaw any good?

C’mon fool. You already know. Neighborhood Nip got the gift. Whether he’s cruising with co-pilot Dom Kennedy (“Checc Me Out”), blacking out over a soulful 9th Wonder groove (“Face The World”), or talking to the man above “Blessings”, Nip remains charismatic and confident with razor sharp bars.

And he’s also versatile. Some of Crenshaw‘s best material showcases R&B grooves. Sade’s music provides the platform for “If U Were Mine”, where Nip gets reflective: “A couple niggas that hate me but way more people show love/Niggas trying to hard/They dying to ball/Turn around and hate on me like it’s a crime to evolve”. A Floetry sample is screwed and chopped on “4 In The Mornin” where Nipsey spends some personal time with a fortunate lady friend. But things get truly soulful with guest James Fauntleroy who goes in on “Come Over”. I wouldn’t mind hearing this one on your favorite radio station.

Whether you download for free on dat piff to hear DJ Drama add his magic touch or you were the few of the fortunate to get your hands on a hard copy, Crenshaw is a rock solid collection of tunes that show Hussle deserve the presidents for the music that represents his life. As track 18 states he’s a “1 of 1″. Gon get you some. —YN

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  • fukyamudda

    best mixtape last yr

  • Bkmkj

    This was the best mixtape last year…

  • djdoit

    Drop Coupes Produced by Bandplay is killin it! Dope tape

  • Cheat

    #8? Yall cant be serious this was top 5 actually top 3 I like Chance and Troy Ave is Bringing NYC back but he sold this shit for $100 and had people buying it, when has a mixtape ever done this and the music Backs up all the hype around it.

    • Yacht

      Tell em again. Forget the marketing aspect of it. Jus listen to the Music. Day 1 supporters and new listeners appreciate this one.

  • TikurAmbessa

    I don’t ever comment on here but i’ve been a loyal reader since the site was created…RR…you’re trippin hard

  • malibu

    This year’s lists are the worst RR has ever done. who is picking them this year? different than last year? Crenshaw easily top 5!!!!!

  • Damn number 8??? This is easily top 3!!!! Checc Me Out is the shit!!!!

  • s

    Top 3 mixtapes of the year IMO. Still bumping this..

  • KillaKi

    8? GTFOH. Shit is easily top 3. RR lost they damn mind.

  • stacks

    I’m from NYC but i live on Hawaii and let me say that when i heard Nipsey Hussle Crenshaw… I thought WC rap is back….but then of course Nipsey doesn’t have big machines behind him so he gets ranked 8….fucking 8!!!!!!

  • hammer

    how? this is bullshit rapradar. I’m about to stop coming to this site.

  • AKbar

    to bad he’s not recognized. i think the industry is trying to do away with gangster rap and push it back to the underground

  • mac

    One of the best out of Cali. Crenshaw was a great album. tight lyrics, nice beat selection. I feel Nipsey, with the right label pushing him, gonna be big superstar. Let’s just things works out well for him in 2014

  • tha OG