Dedication (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Nipsey Hussle

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Dedication (feat. Kendrick Lamar) Lyrics

[Verse 1: Nipsey Hussle]
Look, my nigga this is dedication, this is anti-hesitation
This a real nigga celebration, this a don blonde declaration
Fifty-Ninth and Fifth Ave, granny's house with vanilla wafers
This the remedy, the separation, 2Pac of my generation
Blue pill in the fuckin' Matrix, red rose in the gray pavement
Young black nigga trapped and he can't change it
Know he a genius, he just can't claim it
'Cause they left him no platforms to explain it
He frustrated so he get faded
But deep down inside he know you can't fade him
How long should I stay dedicated?
How long 'til opportunity meet preparation?
I need some real nigga reparations
'Fore I run up in your bank just for recreation

[Chorus: Nipsey Hussle]
Dedication, hard work plus patience
The sum of all my sacrifice, I'm done waitin'
I'm done waitin', told you that I wasn't playin'
Now you hear what I been sayin', dedication
It's dedication, look

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
I spent my whole life thinkin' out the box
Boxin' homies three on one, got DP'ed but I ain't drop
Chirp on me, here I come, brrt, spin around the block
They blurped on me, said I ran a stop sign but that's a lie
I spent my whole life staring at the stage
Playin' Sega, daddy smokin' sherm, mama playin' spades
Catchin' vapors, grandma said I'd get some Jordans for my grades
That's my baby when she died my heart broke a hundred ways
I spent my whole life tryna make it, tryna chase it
The cycle of a black man divided, tryna break it
You take a loss, shit don't cry about it, just embrace it
Minor setback for major comeback, that's my favorite
My nigga L said you do a song with Nip, K. Dot he a better crip
I said he a man first, you hear the words out his lips?
About flourishing from the streets to black businesses?
Level four, yard livin' and give in to false imprisonment
Listen close my nigga, it's bigger than deuces and fours my nigga
Since elementary we close my nigga, yeah, straight like that
I give you the game, go back to the turf and give it right back
For generations we been dealt bad hands with bad plans
Prove your dedication by hoppin' out Grand Am's
I'm at the premiere politickin' with Top, Nip, and Snoop
Damn, Pac watchin' the way we grew, from dedication

[Interlude: Kendrick Lamar]
If it ain't congratulate then it look like hate
If it ain't congratulate then it look like what, Nipsey?
Hol' up!

[Verse 3: Nipsey Hussle]
This ain't entertainment, it's for niggas on the slave ship
These songs just the spirituals I swam against them waves wit
Ended up on shore to their amazement
I hope the example I set's not contagious
Lock us behind gates but can't tame us
Used to be stay safe, now it's stay dangerous
'Cause ain't no point in playin' defense nigga
That's why I dove off the deep end nigga, without a life jacket
Couple mil, tour the world, now my life crackin'
Cook the books, bring it back so it's no taxes
Royalties, publishing, plus I own masters
I'll be damned if I slave for some white crackers
I was mappin' this out, I hit the heights backwards
Hoppin' out the eighty-five in Reebok classics
Ran a couple marathons just to get established
To make it happen, you got to have it

[Chorus: Nipsey Hussle]
Dedication, hard work plus patience
The sum of all my sacrifice, I'm done waitin'
I'm done waitin', told you that I wasn't playin'
Now you hear what I been sayin', dedication
It's dedication

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You already know what it is. From the way he greets you, to the words that he speaks. The uniform he wears is bold, aggressive and absolutely intimidating. He’s authentic – the offspring of the West Coast’s most celebrated talent – yet and still a novelty all his own. In an industry that’s fallen victim to bubble gum lyrics and erroneous dance fads to match, he’s the spokesperson the block wants for. He’s the sociopolitical outrage of Ice Cube and N.W.A. He’s Snoop Dogg before you knew his name and Ice T after an unexpected knock at 6 o’clock in the morning. He’s the very definition of Slauson & Crenshaw – a self-inspired movement and a name you can trust. He is Nipsey Hussle.

Nipsey Hussle emerged from the streets of Los Angeles and as the first signee to the Cinematic/ Epic Records joint venture, is effectively building momentum as a rising emcee while sacrificing the only way of life he’s ever known. “I try to keep a balance with my career and who I am aside from that,” says Nipsey. “It’s kinda hard, but I try to stay the same and balance both worlds. You don’t wanna forget where you come from and at the same time, you don’t wanna miss your blessing tryna live the same lifestyle you been livin’.”

All in anticipation of a fall ‘09 debut, his street singles “They Roll” and “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name,” both featuring The GAME, are lyrical proof that Nipsey Hussle is here to stay. In addition to the GAME, the album is slated to feature the likes of Snoop Dogg, Sean Kingston, Lloyd and Nipsey Hussle’s own Slauson Boyz . South Central State of Mind is a healthy dose of honesty, reality and life from an authentic perspective.

“The perspective from LA is from Snoop and Ice Cube and them,” Nipsey says. “Them dudes is grown. They did they stuff, but they out of that element now. They on some other shit. So it’s like people want to hear what’s going on in the streets [now] and that’s what I’m providing with this record.”

Admittedly a creative spirit born to unceremonious circumstances, Nipsey Hussle earned his moniker by absorbing all the hood had to offer and profiting from it tenfold. It was his sense of urgency that kept him alive and well. By the time he was 13 he had learned all the inner workings of a production studio and traveled daily to the Watts Towers Studio to perfect his engineering interests. His childhood innocence, however, didn’t last long and he was eventually forced to fend for himself.

“When I came into my manhood and I had to make real decisions,” Nipsey remembers. “That’s when I fell real heavily into the bangin’ and the hustlin’ and the streets, and was doin’ everything under the sun. That’s when I said, ‘Forget the music.’”

Nipsey yielded to the trappings of the hood, becoming every bit the ghetto celebrity. He set up shop, opening up a clothing store in South Central and imposed his will on the streets. His lifelong passion however, wouldn’t let go. So, without the benefit of knowing whether or not his artistic career would flourish, he took a chance and sold all his material possessions. From cars to $20k worth of jewelry, rims and more, Nipsey submitted to music and invested in a studio of his own.

He recorded his first mixtape, Slauson Boy, Volume 1 and subsequently incorporated Slauson Boy Records. Various performances, including the famed House of Blues would follow, as did major radio/street promotion and a blazing hot record, “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name.” His interest in the fortunes of the streets though, refused to cooperate. “It was like, I kept going back,” he remembers. “I would go to the studio for a couple of months and then I’d go back to the streets.”

Expectedly, the in and out procedure disrupted Nipsey’s surge toward artistic freedom. He wasn’t making the kind of money he was accustomed to and his lavish lifestyle was suffering over the “career that could be.” To make matters worse, he and his older brother lost all their studio equipment to a police raid. All but forced to hustle and recoup, Nipsey developed a “love/hate relationship” with his music.

Luckily, Nipsey’s legitimate hustle eventually paid off when longtime radio DJ Felli Fell co-signed Slauson Boy… and played “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name” on his radio show.

Within weeks Felli helped negotiate a deal between Nipsey’s manager (Big U of Uneek Music) with Jonny Shipes and Cinematic/Koch/Epic Records. Shortly thereafter, the Slauson Boyz arranged a flight to Ocho Rios, Jamaica to celebrate. Upon returning two weeks later, reality set back in as police raided his clothing store a second time, claiming he was in violation of his probation terms.

“I went from havin’ a fat advance check and ridin’ jet ski’s in Jamaica, to sittin’ in the county jail on a shoe program 24 hours a day,” he says. “So it kinda put everything in perspective once again and had me sittin’ with my thoughts and myself to see exactly what I wanted to do with myself.” Nipsey’s sudden success created an excuse for envious law enforcers to seek him out. He’d become a walking target for the ‘boys in blue’ and a beacon of hope for baby loc’s like him.

Nipsey was ultimately exonerated on all charges and released in February of 2008. Unsurprisingly, he resumed working on his debut immediately – one that has been met with open arms from the self-proclaimed King of the West Coast and Damu affiliate, The GAME, among others.

“The album is the missing ingredient. It’s what ain’t been said,” Nipsey tells. “I feel it’s what everybody is waiting to hear. It’s the new perspective as far as the streets. I can’t speak on nuthin’ else right now, cause I’m not fully familiar with nuthin’ else. I been a few places, but I know the streets like the back of my hand.”

GAME’s contribution comes twofold, delivering 16’s on the California classic gangsta riddled “They Roll” and then again on the street favorite, “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name.” The latter, which features a “Rock the Boat” (Aaliyah) stirred melody, hints at Nipsey’s musical ingenuity. “I was really just paying attention to the game [when] I made the record and dudes wasn’t sayin’ nuthin’… just a lot of hooks and R&B type shit,” he explains. “That was really just my take on it creatively and what the record is talkin’ about is some LA gangbangin’ shit.”

Nipsey’s creativity sprouts in full bloom on the QD3 produced “I Don’t Give A …” – a haunting, almost ethereal take on the responsibility of a Rolling Sixty Crip all but forced to bang. My mama wanna know why I’m bangin’/ she told me I’ma lose my life/I ain’t trippin’ I’m a crip and I’ma do it right/… if I died and came back I’d do it twice/ Brainwashed by the block it consumed my life… Nipsey spits, further explaining, “That’s me gettin’ at my moms and kind of explaining why I do what I do. It’s not a negative song. It’s just what it is. It’s just to give her some clarity. A lot of dudes that’s out here on the streets, they relate to it.”

And then there’s “Rap Music,” a bona fide spill that tells the story of South Central’s pride and joy. “That’s basically talkin’ about how rap music saved a dude’s life and how it coulda went either way for me,” Nipsey says. “Dude’s gon’ hear that and understand who I am and what I came from, and what I went through to get this shit.” Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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