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40 Nipsey Hussle Quotes Celebrating His Life and Music

We’re excited to share some of our favorite Nipsey Hussle quotes that we’ve collected from his interviews and songs.

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was on Sunday afternoon killed in a shooting outside his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles.

Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom, was a widely respected rapper and songwriter who represented much more than music. He ascended beyond the conditions of his childhood to become a pillar in his community.

Hussle represented entrepreneurship, ownership, and was highly active in cryptocurrency. Nipsey was a rising star and he was certainly among raps most entrepreneurial.

Many people connected with Hussle because he always wanted to inspire people – especially people of color – to own assets and put themselves in positions of financial independence and financial power.

Though Nipsey Hussle is gone, millions will uphold his legacy forever.

  • Born: August 15, 1985
  • Died: March 31, 2019

Let these Nipsey Hussle quotes inspire you to hustle for your dreams and live a purposeful life.

Nipsey Hussle quotes celebrating his life and music

1.) “Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my career, even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.” – Nipsey Hussle

2.) “I’m about seeing long-term, seeing a vision, understanding nothing really worthwhile happens overnight, and just sticking to your script long enough to make something real happen.”- Nipsey Hussle

3.) “Instead of trying to build a brick wall, lay a brick everyday. Eventually you’ll look up and you’ll have a brick wall.”- Nipsey Hussle

4.) “Most important thing is to get rid of doubt. If you got doubt in what you’re doing it’s not gonna work.”- Nipsey Hussle

5.) “If you’ve got a plan, it’s not just like a pipe dream. You have a step-by-step list of things to do to get to your goal.” – Nipsey Hussle

6.) “You’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing and not take no for an answer.” – Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle quotes celebrating his life and music

7.) “Success to me is just being able to do what you love to do and support yourself all through.” – Nipsey Hussle

8.) “I’m at peace with what I’m doing, I feel good with what I wake up doing and about my lifestyle.”- Nipsey Hussle

9.) “I always had passion for rap music and I was always trying to create a situation to where I could do this full-time.” – Nipsey Hussle

10.) “We got turned down, we failed, had set backs, had to start over a lot of times. But we kept going at it. In anybody’s case that’s always the distinguishing factor.” – Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle quotes that will inspire you to live a purposeful life

11.) “Without a game plan and without a strong sense of faith in what you’re doing, it’s gonna be real hard to accomplish anything.” – Nipsey Hussle

12.) “I knew I wanted to work for myself when I was about eleven”- Nipsey Hussle

13.) “I just believe in ownership… I believe in investing in yourself…Your foundation should be strong.” – Nipsey Hussle

14.) “Success or greatness come with a roller-coaster ride… anybody can apply the marathon concept to what they do.” – Nipsey Hussle

15.) “Sometimes you have to take two steps back to take ten forward.” –Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle quotes that will inspire you to live a purposeful life

16.) “I never wanted to alienate my brand for business … I always wanted to keep it authentic and keep as pure as I could.” – Nipsey Hussle

17.) “My thing is that I don’t give no person that much power over my path that I’m walking. Not one person can make or break what I’m doing, except me or God.” – Nipsey Hussle

18.) “Luck is just bein’ prepared at all times, so when the door opens you’re ready.” – Nipsey Hussle

19.) “I feel that luck is a product of hard work.” – Nipsey Hussle

20.) “Your parents are supposed to tell you to make decisions that are gonna help you and that’ll have a positive effect on your life and your well-being.” – Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle quotes to help you fight for your dreams

21.) “I’m more focused on giving solutions and inspiration more than anything.” – Nipsey Hussle

22.) “We’re not the cause, we’re the effect.” – Nipsey Hussle

23.) “I’m focusing on the music, but I still got a cold library of books that I’ve either read or I plan on getting to.” – Nipsey Hussle

24.) “If you don’t know your full-throttle history, the whole story of how you came to where you are, it’s kind of hard to put things together.” – Nipsey Hussle

25.) “On a mission your worst enemy is idle time.” – Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle quotes to help you fight for your dreams

26.) “To me, respect comes first.” – Nipsey Hussle

27.) “And it’s possible to monetize your art without compromising the integrity of it for commerce.” – Nipsey Hussle

28.) “Before rap my last name was my lifestyle, and when I visualize success it looked like right now.” – Nipsey Hussle

29.) “If you don’t have a plan, it’s very hard to really have faith in what you’re doing ’cause soon as something pop up, it’s gonna look like the end-all.” – Nipsey Hussle

30.) “I hit the league straight out the streets wit no talent scout.” – Nipsey Hussle

Other inspirational Nipsey Hussle quotes

31.) “Ain’t gone be no east cost west coast war. Ain’t gone be no black men killing black men.” – Nipsey Hussle

32.) “We playing the long game. We don’t want the money to stop when we go. When we can’t work no more. We want it to outlive us, we want it to be generational” – Nipsey Hussle

33.) “I call it ‘dropping the rope’. You’ve got to drop a rope. Everybody got to climb up, but you gotta drop the rope.” – Nipsey Hussle

34.) “It’s cliché to say, work hard, don’t quit. I would really say find yourself and find what’s your, what’s the motivating force behind you? And build around that.” – Nipsey Hussle

35.) “I believe that economics is based on scarcity of markets and it’s possible to monetize your art without compromising the integrity of it for commerce.” – Nipsey Hussle

36.) “Circle got smaller everybody can’t go” – Nipsey Hussle

37.) “Be truthful with yourself and other people, and try your best to make decisions outside of your ego.” – Nipsey Hussle

38.) “I think you can give a pure artistic product if you understand how to build your own industry.” – Nipsey Hussle

39.) “I’d rather invest in real estate — invest in some assets as opposed to trick all my money in diamonds and cars — it look good but at the end of the day you’re losing value. It ain’t appreciating, it’s depreciating. (I’m trying to get) a real asset. Take care of my people.” – Nipsey Hussle

40.) “Material things ain’t nothing, you feel me? At the end of the day it’s who you is.” – Nipsey Hussle

Which of these Nipsey Hussle quotes resonated with you best?

The world lost more than a rapper when Nipsey Hussle was killed. The beloved, Grammy-nominated rapper was the best of us.

Hussle represented something positive for his community and encouraged everyone to be independent. We hope his words will inspire you to hustle for your dreams and live the life you were meant to.

Which of these Nipsey Hussle quotes was your favorite? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add to the list? Let us know in the comment section below.

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    Shellioness

    June 3, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Let me start off by saying that nip is one of the very few men that look better wearing black
    Suits than when he wears white dont get me wrong he looks good in anything and everything he puts on or takes off. Ok enough of that lol. But serious business here. I have been all over this internet trying to find answers that make sense if all of this and end up leaving a comment such as this one right here on all of the channels, blogs, posts and comments. I get a lot of positive feedback from my online crowd. So I’m going to post one of my favorites that I’ve done so far on here. It comes from my heart and too big for this post. Lol. See next immediate post after this one and you LL feel what I am saying.

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    Kenechukwu

    May 25, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Seeing my grandma on my jet some shit that I will never forget.
    Had to fight before we hustle and it made us really tough.

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    Esther Doctor

    April 25, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Nipsey Hussle was and will always be our much needed inspiration.

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    Chereay Samson

    April 11, 2019 at 7:48 am

    23 and 29 are repeats of each other. Outside of that, tha k you for putting this together!

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    Asia W

    April 7, 2019 at 7:53 am

    I often tried to reach my goals by sprinting and at one point in my life, sprinting has worked. As I get older, I see that sprinting is no longer an option. Applying the “Marathon Concept” to my goals now just makes sense! God has risen!! Thank you!

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    Nigi khan

    April 6, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    GIVE RESPECT GAIN RESPECT
    LIVE AND WORK WITH PASSION
    LIVE AND LET LIVE
    SHOULD BE THE AIM OF LIFE
    BE THE SUNSHINE BE THE RAINBOW

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      Dominique Bigelow

      April 14, 2019 at 2:23 pm

      17 & 26

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    Boboshanti

    April 6, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Luck is a product of hardwork

    Idleness destroys luck

    Thanks Nispey Don…Marcus Mosiah Garvey spoke of the evils of white supremacy…we all have to bear witness…prophet say we never safe in another man land…freedom Redemption international repatriation

    Africa for Africans
    India for Indians
    China for Chinese
    Europe for Europeans
    Amercias for the Native Americans

    Only solution to World Peace…

    Come out of her my people for in 1 hour babylon judgement come saith the most high Holy Emmanuel I Selassie I Jah Ras Tafari

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    DOLO

    April 1, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    TIP(transition in peace)…”Even though you’re not here today to speak about yesterday or to look forward to seeing tomorrow,your AURA & ENERGY lives on ‘FOREVER'”

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      M

      April 4, 2019 at 8:28 am

      Well said about one of our Greats

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