And he didn't let it stop him from recording.
Nipsey Hussle was jailed overnight last night (August 28) after LAPD officers found his car parked in a handicap spot and uncovered outstanding warrants for the rapper. According to TMZ, the rapper was illegally parked and the police found he had outstanding traffic violations when they ran his plates. However, the rapper was quickly bailed out of jail and he headed straight to the studio. He posted a clip explaining his arrest to Instagram.
“I just bailed out on some bullsh*t traffic warrants, what ya’ll doing at five in the morning?” he said.. “I slept at 77th. I’m back in the lab, n*gga. Ya’ll can’t take my vibe right now. Ya’ll can’t take my inspiration—at all. It’s not gon’ happen. And my n*ggas in here still cookin’.”
He also thanked the people who got him out of jail so quickly in the post’s caption and added in some choice words for the officers who put him there. “Fucc LAPD y’all can’t stop GOD!!!! And S/O My bro @akilthehunter and @365bailbonds for getting me out like a boss in no time💪🏾🏁,” he wrote.
Good and Bad
It’s not the first time Nipsey has had a run in with the LAPD. Back in 2015, the rapper was pulled over for driving a vehicle without a license plate. When they looked in the car, they found codeine and Sprite and arrested the rapper for possessing the pairing without a prescription.
It’s not all bad in Nipsey-land, though. The LA native has made headlines recently for the opening of his own store and the savvy decision to price one of his albums at a fans-only level of $100.
He said he took inspiration for the album pricing from the Wu-Tang Clan’s super pricey one-of-a-kind release of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
“RZA’s a legend,” Hussle says in an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106’s Rikki Martinez . “Wu-Tang is a legendary brand. When I seen that, I was like ‘Wow.’ They brand is global. They know their value…It’s a new age we living in. People gotta make creative moves like that.”
The move paid off. He made over $100,000 selling his project to fans at $100 per person. Clearly, the high price point wasn’t enough to scare off some die-hard Hussle fans. In fact, Jay Z alone bought $10,000 worth of the album to support the artist.
The move was in line with Jay Z’s seeming ethos of wanting to pay artists a fair amount of money for their work. That was the whole point of Tidal, even if he got approximately five people to join him in his vision of a fair-wage, artist-first utopia.
Watch the Clip
Watch the clip up top and let us know what you think. Why was Nipsey parked in a handicap spot? What do you think those outstanding violations were? Do you admire his hustle, the way he got right back into the studio? Is an LAPD diss track in the near future? Would Nipsey spell it ‘diss tracc’? Let us know in the comments and be sure to SHARE this article.