Last Friday night, Jay-Z dropped a freestyle to pay tribute to the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
During his intimate B-Sides 2 show, which marked the reopening of New York’s legendary Webster Hall, the 49-year-old rapper diverted from his usual repertoire of songs to perform a stripped-down freestyle in honor of Hussle.
Over a skeletal bassline, the smartly dressed Hov spit stirring rhymes about his late friend and collaborator: “Gentrify your own hood, before these people do it / Claim eminent domain and have your people movin’ / That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing / For anybody that’s still confused as to what he was doing.”
Jay has long been vocal about his support for Hussle, having penned an open letter for the late rapper’s recent memorial service. Jay had also famously bought 100 copies of Hussle’s 2013 Crenshaw mixtape, which the Los Angeles rapper priced at $100 a pop in a well-publicized entrepreneurial move.
Hov’s night at Webster Hall was dotted with other special moments as well, with Jay bringing out special guests like former rivals Nas, Cam’ron and Jim Jones. Watch his hard-hitting tribute to Nipsey Hussle below, courtesy of XXL Magazine:
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) April 27, 2019