Nipsey Hussle's pride in his own realness can be a little much. In a recent interview with Complex, the Cali rapper argued that you can't fully understand him unless you also came from nothing. But with the success of his recent Crenshaw — over 1,000 fans bought the mixtape for $100 as part of the "Proud 2 Pay" campaign, and it notched a six-digit DatPiff download count — his grit and raspy snarl served him better than ever. In its vaguely Spectorian plushness, Crenshaw functions like The Chronic and other Golden State milestones. At any rate, the 28-year-old Nipsey's physical resemblance to Snoop — the braids, the goatee, etc. — isn't the only thing putting him in the conversation with the West Coast's most faithful MCs. With Erk Tha Jerk. 18+.
Wed., Jan. 15, 8 p.m., 2014