Nipsey told him, “Just give it a listen,” which struck Snoop as odd. Most rappers trying to catch Snoop’s ear talk about making money, but Nipsey didn’t want a handout. He was ready to earn everything he got, Snoop said.
Snoop didn’t listen to Nipsey’s tape that first time, but the second time he got one of Nip’s CDs, he used it to roll a blunt in the back of a car. He put in the CD, he said, and his first impression was, “Damn, cuz hard.”
Snoop said the two shared a kinship. They repped Los Angeles. They’re both tall, lanky, wear braids and claim their street gang affiliation, but what Snoop said he will remember most is Nipsey’s “kind spirit” and how he served as a “peace advocate,” making music with rival gang members and showing love to everyone no matter the colors they flew.
“This man got a letter from Barack Obama, man,” Snoop said before turning to the sprawling wall of flowers forming the backdrop to Nipsey’s coffin and saluting.