February 16 In Hip-Hop History: Nipsey Hussle Drops His Debut Album ‘Victory Lap’

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Nipsey Hussle’s debut album still impact Hip-Hop culture to this day.

On February 16, 2018, the Los Angeles rapper delivered his first studio album Victory Lap via All Money In No Money Out/Atlantic Records. At the time, it was his most anticipated project following years of releasing incredible mixtapes like Crenshaw and The Marathon Continues. The album was led by several singles including “Rap N***as,” “Last Time That I Checc’d” featuring YG and “Dedication.” It also contained collaborations with Stacy Barthe, Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, Buddy, The-Dream, CeeLo Green, Belly, Dom Kennedy, Marsha Ambrosius and more.

“I wanted my message to impact gang culture,” he told The Breakfast Club in 2018. “I wanted what I had to say to impact individuals like myself, young people that was in these areas controlled by gangbanging. I didn’t want to preach to the choir, but I wanted to say I’m one of you. Wherever I go, wherever I end up you gon’ know that you can end up there too…I wasn’t trying to be on no super tough guy s**t.”

Victory Lap became Nipsey’s first Top 10 album after it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It also hit No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and sold 53,000 units during its first week. On the 5th anniversary of the album’s release, the RIAA announced that the album went Double Platinum. His debut album also earned him his first Grammy nomination after Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album.

Unfortunately, it was also Nipsey’s final album. A year after the project dropped, the Crenshaw native was shot and killed in front of his clothing store The Marathon. Relive the album and watch of Nipsey’s music videos in support of the project below.

Rest in peace, Nip!

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