The passing of Nipsey Hussle has left many throughout the hip hop culture in anger, confusion and motivation to say the least. The topic of keeping it real has been one to discuss. How much keeping it real will cost one their life.
Many have kept it real throughout history. Malcolm. Martin. Tupac to name a few. All at the cost of their life. Keeping it real as far as how to maneuver when it seems you have a target on your back. From hood to hood. Whether its L.A, NY and Chicago or anywhere in the world for that matter.
Seems we need a new playbook. A manual perhaps. Such a manuel that Suge Knight himself told TMZ last week, Nipsey tried to emulate from Tupac Shakur. (Read Suge Knight: Nipsey Hussle Tried To Follow The Same Tupac Manual) Whether wrong or right, going back to the drawing board never hurts.
EDI Mean, Outlawz member and childhood friend of Tupac Shakur, shared words of wisdom from his comrade. Touching on the very same topic of surviving the “game” of life. In this particular message, L.A. Although it can be used in a general sense for surviving life period when we choose this path. Via his official instagram account, EDI Mean a.k.a EDI DON shared the following caption. How 2 live and thrive in L.A. #O4L #Notetoself.
The photo shared with the caption by EDI is a message by Tupac Shakur in 1995. “I fell in love with L.A. I met true biss playaz who tird to school me on the next level. Many Ni**az never survivie the second level of Thug Life. They become addicted 2 death. A true boss playa knows when to advance. U must play the game, not let the game play you.”