Harlem, NY – The recent passing of adorned Los Angeles rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle has many still in disbelief. A plethora of family, fans and friends have continued to relive their memories with the slain rapper daily.

Nipsey’s former music manager, Steve Lobel, recently shared memorable moments with the “Dedication” rapper in an intimate interview with Young Atlas (a platform for creatives based in Harlem, New York).

In a clip from the interview, Lobel talks about his relationship with Nipsey, deeming him the “smartest” artist he’s ever worked with and even mentions the nickname “Maniac Lobel” given to him by Nipsey.

Lobel later discusses how long it took to take Nipsey’s career to the next level and solemnly describes how beautiful Nipsey looked in his casket during his funeral on April 11.

Lobel goes on to mention how he got his start when the late Jam Master Jay took him under his wing in the early days of Def Jam Recordings and Rush Management.

The New York City native catapulted to legendary status working with Fat Joe, Common and 8Ball & MJG in the ’90s. He later managed Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s Bizzy Bone, Sean Kingston, and Nipsey.

Elsewhere in the interview, Lobel touches on helping revive Scott Storch’s career, staying relevant in the ever-changing music industry and his growth from managing to now “consulting” artist such as compelling Newark, New Jersey rapper Tsu Surf, who also happens to be a member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips.

Watch the full interview here.