Rapper Nipsey Hussle sat down with Billboard to share some interesting facts about himself as part of the “You Should Know” video series, discussing how he got his stage name, what song people might be surprised to hear he loves and more.
Hussle, who grew up in Los Angeles, tells Billboard that his first day job was shining shoes. He first started making music at the age of 13 and was inspired by “everything Death Row” including Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Tha Dogg Pound and Warren G. He also mentions that he drew inspiration from the likes of Outkast, JAY-Z, Nas and Juvenile.
The rapper reveals that the “Hussle” part of his stage name was given to him, explaining, “It was just a joke somebody said in the studio one day cause I came in, had the weed, I had some chicken for everybody. I feed the whole studio. Smoked everybody out and I was the youngest in the crew…I identify myself as a hustler since I was a young kid. So, I felt like it made sense. It had a little ring to it.”
Hussle also divulges that he loves the song “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls when asked which song he enjoys that people would be surprised by. “I heard it when…it was on the City of Angels soundtrack a long time ago,” he says. “And I was like, damn this record crazy. I wasn’t a big fan of rock but just the words and what was being said and the sound of it. And I got into the Goo Goo Dolls after that. But that’s one of my favorite records.”
As for why people should listen to his music, Nipsey Hussle says that it is because his music is honest. “I intend to inspire people with my story,” he shares. “Motivate young people that grew up like myself, or even not like myself. Just, you know, go through the human experience. I try to sprinkle a little gems and jewels in the music that people could use in their own life.”
You can watch the full video above to learn much more about Nipsey Hussle.