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Nipsey Hussle Quotes

Ermias Joseph Asghedom

Nipsey Hussle quotes: the late rapper’s words of wisdom.

“Success to me is just being able to do what you love to do and support yourself all through.”

“Success or greatness come with a roller-coaster ride… anybody can apply the marathon concept to what they do.”

“You gotta go hard, you gotta believe in yourself.  You gotta have a sense of humor to know that the bullsh*t is gonna happen, you can’t be too serious about it or too emotional and fake when the bullsh*t happens.  You gotta just stick to the script, believe and have an overwhelming confidence.  Be your own biggest fan, your own biggest believer, and put it on your back and carry the weight.”

“Without a game plan and without a strong sense of faith in what you’re doing, it’s gonna be real hard to accomplish anything.”

“If you don’t know your full-throttle history, the whole story of how you came to where you are, it’s kind of hard to put things together.”

“Sometimes you have to take two steps back to take 10 forward.”

“Most important thing is to get rid of doubt.  If you got doubt in what you’re doing it’s not gonna work.”

“If you don’t have a plan, it’s very hard to really have faith in what you’re doing ’cause soon as something pops up, it’s gonna look like the end-all.  If you’ve got a plan, it’s not just like a pipe dream.  You have a step-by-step list of things to do to get to your goal.”

“Be more fearless.  All my radical moonshots have defined me.  That don’t be my downfall, my downfall will be not going crazy, not having a higher expectation.  Anytime I done set my sight on something that seemed way outlandish, it always come back exactly how I seen it.  So, I think I would tell myself to just put way bigger goals on the wall.  Just have a bigger vision, have a higher expectation.”

“The best thing you can do for a person is to inspire them.  That’s the best currency you can offer: inspiration.  So, when a person can rely on you for that, that empowers them in every realm of their life.  Being inspired.  It empowers them in their relationships, in their business, in their art, in their creativity.  It empowers them because without inspiration, you’re dry.”

“Define who you are and what you are, and be clear on that.  Meditate on that and then, live and die by that.  You can’t break the rules, the fundamental rules.  Be a man of your word, do what you say you’re gonna do, respect people the way you would like to be respected.”

“You’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing and not take no for an answer.”

“I feel that luck is a product of hard work.”

“Luck is just bein’ prepared at all times, so when the door opens you’re ready.”

“On a mission, your worst enemy is idle time.”

“Thought is powerful in all phases.  Even in my career, even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.”

“I’m about seeing long-term, seeing a vision, understanding nothing really worthwhile happens overnight, and just sticking to your script long enough to make something real happen.”

“Instead of trying to build a brick wall, lay a brick everyday.  Eventually you’ll look up and you’ll have a brick wall.”

“The company you keep has a large influence on the situations you bring to yourself.  So, whatever direction motherf*ckers are heading in, whether it’s rap music, production, or a 9-5 life, whatever it is; you gotta surround yourself with people that’s likeminded and focused on the same goal you’re focused on.  Birds of a feather flock together.”

“I just believe in ownership.  I believe in investing in yourself.  Your foundation should be strong.”

“I feel that puttin’ in the hours and years in the studio, honing my craft, definitely played a part, me consciously networking and presenting myself as an artist that’s commercially sellable led to me meeting the right people, which in turn led to them givin’ me positive referrals to other people, which in turn led to me signin’ a deal.”

“We got turned down, we failed, had set backs, had to start over a lot of times.  But we kept going at it.  In anybody’s case, that’s always the distinguishing factor.”

“I knew I wanted to work for myself when I was about 11.”

“I always had passion for rap music and I was always trying to create a situation to where I could do this full-time.”

“I hit the league straight out of the streets with no talent scout.”

“To me, respect comes first.”

“I’m more focused on giving solutions and inspiration more than anything.”

“Money is a tool – it’s the means, not the end.  Inspiration is the metric that dictates whether or not a project is a success.  It’s more realistic than trying to aim for radio play, or trying to satisfy an AR, or the other gatekeepers on these platforms.  I don’t even know how to create with those things in mind.  But if you tell me the goal is to inspire?  That makes my job a lot easier.”

“And it’s possible to monetize your art without compromising the integrity of it for commerce.”

“All the smart money got they bets on me.  And all the real n*ggas wish the best for me.”

“Before rap my last name was my lifestyle, and when I visualize success it looked like right now.”

“I took my wildest dreams then mapped them out.  I go for mine like it’s overtime, me and my n*ggas had to struggle so we over-shine.”

“I kinda came into my manhood, or what I thought was my adulthood, early.  I had to show up, and I had to make sure I had gas money, food money, rent money, clothes money – everything was on me, startin’ at that age, so that’s what led me to start hustlin’, that’s what led me to start to try to find ways to fend for myself.  And once I did that, I was full-time, bein’ in the street, and, bein’ in the street, it’s cold.  It’s the way the streets operate, and you have to adapt to that.”

“When I became a man, and I started to understand the difference between the truth and what your parents are supposed to tell you, there’s a difference, know what I mean?”

“Your parents are supposed to tell you to make decisions that are gonna help you and that’ll have a positive effect on your life and your well-being.”

“I didn’t wanna be looked at as no idiot, and I didn’t wanna feel like I was uneducated, because I really stopped going to school at 15.  I was never ignorant, as far as being experienced in classrooms and learning about different subjects and actually soaking it up, so I checked into college for a little bit.”

“I’m focusing on the music, but I still got a cold library of books that I’ve either read or I plan on getting to.”

“If you’re a real hip-hop fan and a real street music fan, and you just love good music, you’re gonna play it from top to bottom, and you’re gonna get the concept, you’re gonna get the story of my life, you’re gonna be entertained, you’re gonna dance, you’re gonna feel emotion, you’re gonna get the truth, whether you like it or hate it.”

“My thing is that I don’t give no person that much power over my path that I’m walking.  Not one person can make or break what I’m doing, except me or God.”

“We’re not the cause, we’re the effect.”

“I feel good about what I’m waking up doing and about my lifestyle.  At one point, I wasn’t proud of my lifestyle.  Now, I wake up with the feeling that I’m going in the direction that I’m here for.  Like, what I’m on this planet for, I’m doing it.  Bigger than just the L.A., bigger than some gang-banging, bigger than some street sh*t.  Just on some human sh*t.  I’m doing what I’m here to do.”

“I’m at peace with what I’m doing.”

“If you 35, 28, or 30 years old, and you decide you’re gonna pick up a rag and start bangin’, and you can look yourself in the mirror and you still feel like you’re a man?  That’s cool, do your thing.”

“I look at it like the game gonna test you.  Everything gonna test you if it’s worthwhile and you’re gonna make decisions based on what you care about more.  And without even being conscious that you’re getting tested, you’re gonna be getting tested, so you’re gonna have decisions to make.  Should I continue this lifestyle?  Whether it’s shopping, clothes, whatever your lifestyle is.  Or do I gotta sacrifice a bit?  So, whatever I gotta do, I’m gonna do it and that’s gonna be them distinguishing decisions that separates the ones that end up getting it from the ones that don’t.”

“Longwinded, running through this life like it was mine.  Never settling, but setting every goal high.  One thousand burpees on the path to my own destruction or success.  But what is a mistake without the lesson?  See, the best teacher in life is your own experience.  None of us know who we are until we fail.  They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation.  Well who would you want to define you?  Someone else or yourself?  Whatever you do, homie, give your heart to it.  And stay strong.”

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