The height. The braids. Location. Gang affiliations. The comparisons of Nipsey to Snoop are unavoidable. But they’re the same characteristics that most West Coast artists face being measured against because tracing the lineage of their artistic abilities & presentation can be related to Calvin Broadus. They weren’t all “fathered” by him, but the outlining influences are there.
What makes the comparisons between the Slauson Boy & Snoop even more striking can be found on “Gangsta’s Life,” featuring the Doggfather. The way Neighborhood Nip’s able to lyrical dip & dive like a Snoop of years past is what makes all those parallels glaring. With more hustle & grind, Nip does show the potential to be a standout in the vein of the elder West Coast statesman. Between now & the release ofSouth Central State Of Mind (slated for 12.22), Nip has time to get comfortable in the houseshoes he’s being asked to fill.