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Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
Genre
Hip Hop
Release date
February 18 2018
Artist
Nipsey Hussle
Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
February 18 2018 | Hip Hop

Victory Lap is the first and only studio album (to be released during his lifetime) by late American rapper Nipsey Hussle. It was released on February 16, 2018 through All Money In No Money Out and Atlantic Records. It was Nipsey Hussle’s first major commercial release after releasing a string of mixtapes for thirteen years as well as the last one released during his lifetime. The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 53,000 album-equivalent units. It received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Critical reception
Victory Lap received critical acclaim from critics upon release. Ian McQuaid of The Guardian commented that Nipsey Hussle “effortlessly claims his place as crown prince of G-funk’s new school”, adding that “his brags rasp as hoarse and righteous as a man in the middle of a three-day bender, riding beats built from oozing bass swagger and slinking Compton synths, as brash and gleeful as peak-era NWA. It’s visceral west coast rap at its unapologetic finest, as Hussle refreshes cliches of unstoppable prowess with the conviction of a true believer.”

Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork labelled Victory Lap as “the most gripping record in his catalog”, also adding: “The hour-long album honors all the work he’s put in and looks back at all he’s achieved, but it also looks forward to all he has yet to build and all those he can still inspire. His tactics can be tone-deaf and without nuance, but he knows exactly who he’s speaking to and for.”

Trent Clark of HipHopDX concluded: “Minor potholes aside, Victory Lap not only boosts Nipsey’s stock but it raises expectations for the next time he eyes a checkered flag. The benchmark for quality has been set and the race to officially hit the championship podium is only getting revved up.” Online publication HotNewHipHop stated that Victory Lap “toes the line between classic and contemporary hip-hop. It captures the emotion of now, this victorious moment for Hussle, while still pushing for the permanence of a hip-hop classic. It’s hard to tell whether Victory Lap offers a transient infectious feeling or life-long addiction, but this album should age well. The production is masterful, the features are well-placed, and Nipsey raps like he just won a marathon. The race for the victory paid off.”

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