Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle recently shed some light on what it’s like to be a member of the Rollin 60s, a faction of the Crip gang, during a newly-released interview with Vlad TV. Nipsey, who is a member of the Rollin 60s, even detailed the jumping in process for new members of the street gang.
The West Coast wordsmith didn’t share the details of how he was jumped in, but revealed that the experience can vary depending on the person who orchestrated the jumping in.
“You gotta fight…It’s basically whoever orchestrating your put on basically,” Nipsey said. “Sometimes it be young niggas putting you on and you just get ran. You just fight until niggas feel like you done fighting. Sometimes it be somebody that got a little more love for young dudes and a little more compassion and you might have a different experience. Some niggas just got they ass beat and still wasn’t from the hood. Cause it was young niggas putting ‘em on and didn’t give a fuck about ‘em.”
As a member of the Rollin 60s, Nipsey says his generation has helped bring the Rollin 60s to a “corporate level.”
“It’s one of the biggest gangs,” he said. “One of the biggest Crip gangs…Our generation was kinda responsible for like putting it on the map in terms of like hustling and business. You know what I’m saying? Making moves outside of the streets. And taking it to a corporate level. Not necessarily gangbanging, but taking the legacy of our area to like the corporate level.”
According to Nipsey, he attributes his involvement with the gang to leaving his home and supporting himself at an early age. He also says that joining the Rollin 60s seemed to make sense since he always found himself in the middle of something.
“None of my family members was from Rollin 60s,” Nipsey said. “My dad came from Africa, so his whole side of my family is in Africa. And then my mom she only had one brother and it was her…I think it was like a combination of just being [at that] age. I left my house kinda early. When I was probably like 14. Out of my mom’s house. I went to go live with my granny when I was 14. I just was taking care of myself early on and I was doing things to try to get money. So, I could support myself. I always wanted to do music. That was my first passion before anything.
“Getting into it’s like—we were just raised like if you with me and something go down, I’m in it,” he added. “Whether I’m from the shit or not. You know what I’m saying? So, after a while it just be like you always in the middle of some shit you might as well be part of it. Exactly. Or don’t be part of it and get the fuck out the way. Either one.”
Nipsey’s interview with Vlad TV comes weeks after the release of his Crenshaw mixtape, which fans could either download for free or purchase for $100. Among those Nipsey says purchased his mixtape was fellow rapper Jay Z.
“Shout out to Jay Z for buying 100 copies of #Crenshaw!,” Nipsey said via a Facebook status update.
With Jay Z’s purchase and purchases from fans, the Los Angeles emcee reportedly made $100,000 in sales.