The bond between Dave East and Nipsey Hussle ran deep in the rap game. Dave East spoke on how Hussle’s death affected their planned collaboration album. In a new interview with Revolt, East elaborated on the unfinished album by stating, “We were six songs in. We were planning a tour and all of that. Fuck rap. I’m going to keep it 100.”
On March 31, Hussle was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in Hyde Park by alleged killer Eric Holder. After the shooting, East held a vigil in New York to honor Hussle.
“I didn’t know until I did a tribute for Nip,” East revealed about Hussle’s influence on his debut album Survival. “I didn’t want to talk about anything else. I talked about everything. I got shit about my moms. I got shit about me playing ball. I got shit about me being locked up. I went mad personal and I wrapped it up with a tribute to my boy. Once I said what I said to Nip, I was like, ‘We’re good.’”
Hussle’s immediate impact on the culture was felt by East. “That was my nigga. Anything we did together or anytime I had to be around that nigga, I cherish it,” East stated. “It’s wack he went out like that. That nigga’s a king. Kings ain’t supposed to go out like that. But, that’s the world we’re living in. It’s wack he went out like that, but it sharpened me and a million other niggas up. He went out like a G.”