Participating in a social media bracket game with his wife, Nina Westbrook, over the weekend, Russ narrowed down an Elite Eight list of legendary rappers, with his late friend Nipsey being the last MC standing.
The former NBA MVP gave Neighborhood Nip the nod over Slim Shady, Nas, Lil Wayne and eventually Hov on his way to crowning him the G.O.A.T.
A California native, Westbrook is sure to upset fans of East Coast Hip Hop as he also went with Dr. Dre over Biggie, Lil Wayne over 50 Cent and Ice Cube over Redman.
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“I felt his pain when it got to Nip and Wayne I was just listening to them today,” one fan replied to Russ’ picks on Twitter, while another wrote: “They gonna boo him because he picked dr dre over biggie, cube over red man, wayne over 50 and nipsey over emínem, but he’s right!”
Westbrook has long been a fan of Nipsey Hussle, with both growing up in Los Angeles and being a similar age.
Russ famously honored Nip following the rapper’s tragic murder in April 2019 when he posted the NBA’s second-ever 20-20-20 stat line, which served as a fitting homage to Hussle’s Rollin 60’s crew.
“Grateful to play the game, but that wasn’t for me, man. That was for my bro, man. That was for Nipsey,” Westbrook told TNT post-game. “Rest in peace to Nipsey, man. I’m just thankful to go out there and compete at a high level, man. Thankful to have these teammates. Thankful and humbled to go out there and play the game I love.”