When Nipsey Hussle is told that he may have directly or indirectly influenced RZA’s release plans for Wu-Tang Clan’s The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin project, he responds with compliments about the producer-rapper.
“RZA’s a legend,” Hussle says in an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106’s Rikki Martinez while backstage at Powerhouse. “Wu-Tang is a legendary brand. When I seen that, I was like ‘Wow.’ They brand is global. They know their value…It’s a new age we living in. People gotta make creative moves like that.”
In a Forbes articles about Wu-Tang Clan’s The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw was referenced.
“After watching Jay Z debut his album in partnership with Samsung last summer—and buy 100 copies of Nipsey Hussle’s $100 mixtape [Crenshaw]—Cilvaringz and his Wu-Tang compatriots had something resembling proof of concept for Once Upon A Time In Shaolin,” Forbes said.
In 2013, it was reported that Nipsey Hussle made $100,000 off his Crenshaw mixtape by selling a limited amount of copies for $100 each. Jay Z reportedly purchased 100 copies of the effort.
Beyond addressing an influence on the Wu-Tang project, Nipsey also discussed rumors of a potential joint project with Dom Kennedy.
“We got a lot of records that aren’t released,” Hussle says. “We definitely talking about it…A project together would kick [a] tour off swell.”