The marathon certainly continues as Nipsey Hussle racks up three posthumous Grammy nominations for the 2020 award show.
The Los Angeles rapper received three posthumous nominations for the 62nd Grammy Awards. These nominations are Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song categories.
His February 2019 release, ‘Racks in the Middle’, featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy, received two of the three nominations. Nominated for ‘Best Rap Performance’ and ‘Best Rap Song’, ‘Racks in the Middle’ is significant in the career and legacy of Nipsey Hussle. It would be the last single that he released before his death the following month. The song also debuted posthumously on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became his highest-charting song.
The other nominated for song, ‘Higher’, sees Nipsey collaborate with DJ Khaled and John Legend. Nominated for ‘Best Rap/Sung Performance’, ‘Higher’ was the third single from Khaled’s ‘Father of Asahd’ album. All profits from sales of the song were given to Nipsey’s son and daughter. DJ Khaled said, “it reminds us that vibrating on a higher level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul.”
Other notable artists nominated include Offset, Cardi B, J. Cole, DaBaby and Lil Nas X. The latter has six nominations for his smash Country hit, ‘Old Town Road’.
The show will air on January 26, on CBS. A press statement states “this year’s nominees reflect a melting pot of artistic innovation that defined the year in music, showcasing the unparalleled craftsmanship of established artists and the industry-shifting impact of rising music creators.”
Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy Thriving
Nipsey Hussle died on March 31, 2019, after he was shot dead outside his Marathon Clothing store. He was 33 years old. Ten years prior to his death, Nipsey sat down with DJ Booth to talk to him about his ‘Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Vol. 2’ mixtape and signing his record deal. In that interview, Nipsey showed the kind of vision that we would all come to know and love.
Throughout his journey, he became a community activist and advocate for peace. He was reportedly planning to attend an anti-gang violence meeting on the day after he passed away.
Speaking on the gang lifestyle he said, “as gang members, as young dudes in the streets, especially in L.A., we’re the effect of a situation. We didn’t wake up and create our own mindstate and our environment; we adapted our survival instincts. Gangbanging is a survival instinct, regardless of how anybody tries to paint it. It’s a lot of, like you said, sensationalized conceptions of what it’s about – lowridin’, f***** b*****, runnin’ amok—but at the same time, it’s a survival instinct first.”