On Friday (October 4), Nipsey Hussle announced his intent to sell 1,000 limited edition physical copies of his Crenshaw mixtape for $100 each at a pop-up shop in Los Angeles, California today (October 8), starting at midnight.
Nipsey Hussle announced today via Twitter that he sold all 1,000 copies of Crenshaw.
Glasses Malone, who was in attendance this morning for Nipsey Hussle’s release, shared his reaction to the Bullets Ain’t Got No Names emcee’s ability to galvanize his audience. “I couldn’t even go to sleep after watching my nigga pull that shit off,” Glasses Malone said to HipHopDX in an exclusive interview.
“He just took it to another level of what artists can do,” Glasses Malone continued. “That just to me speaks to brilliance about his artistry. [Nipsey Hussle] is like that. That’s the kind of stronghold that he has to have over his fan base to mobilize them to make them line up around the motherfucking corner to buy CDs. That just shows how much love they have for him. He’s a real powerful artist. His whole thing is inspiration. His whole movement is built of, ‘You can get it, too.’ He leaves you with a certain level of being inspired.”
Glasses compared Nipsey Hussle’s fan base to those of Tech N9ne, Rihanna and Lupe Fiasco. “I’ve seen an artist like Tech N9ne, who has the same ability to mobilize his fan base,” he said. “When we’re talking about art, what Nipsey just did separated itself from what Rihanna’s Navy does. That’s gung-ho. That’s some shit [Nipsey’s fans] got from Rihanna. His fans are like her Navy.
“[Lupe Fiasco] is like that, too,” Glasses continues. “Lupe’s presence is crazy. Lupe Fiasco, I remember [his fans] was protesting [Atlantic Records for the release of Lasers]. It was like, ‘How can you have this type of bond with your fans? What can you do from there?’ That just left me in a cold place. I couldn’t even sleep. Like, ‘Fuck, man. I must be doing something wrong if it’s like that,’ because I don’t believe I have that type of mobilization of fans. I don’t know what it is when you have those type of artists.”
In September 2010, fans of Lupe Fiasco organized a “Fiasco Friday” petition that called for supporters to picket outside of Atlantic Records offices in effort to quicken the release of the Chicago, Illinois emcee’s third studio album, Lasers. The protest was set to take place on October 15, 2010.
One week before the scheduled protest, Lupe Fiasco and Atlantic Records agreed to a March 7, 2011 release date for Lasers. On October 15, 2010, fans gathered outside of Atlantic Records to celebrate the album’s release date.