Nipsey Hussle grew up on Crenshaw Blvd & Slauson Ave in South Central, Los Angeles. The Area is well known to be associated with the Rollin' 60's Neighborhood Crips, a gang that Nipsey had grown up to become a member in. He is of Eritrean ethnicity.
Nipsey's first recorded mixtape was Slauson Boy Volume 1, and soon became the name of his own record label. In 2008 Nipsey released two mixtapes, Bullets Ain't Got No Name Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, before signing with Epic Records. In 2009, his debut single, "Hussle In The House", was released.
In 2009 he released a third mixtape with Tru'G: Bullets Ain't Got No Name Vol. 3. He appeared with Drake on the song "Killer" and on the song "Upside Down" on Snoop Dogg's album Malice N Wonderland. A first studio album, South Central State of Mind, was expected in the summer of 2009 but was never released; it has been postponed indefinitely. The Marathon was released instead on December 21, 2010.
In 2010 he appeared on the song "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". He was chosen as one of XXL Magazine's "Annual Freshman Top Ten", a selection of ten up-and-coming artists as "Most Determined" And continues to have success with the release of his new single "Feelin Myself" featuring Lloyd. The first single off The Marathon mixtape is "Keys to the City" (Produced By E.N.G. & Djay Cas). He made a guest appearance on fellow rapper YG's 2012 single "Bitches Ain't", also featuring Young Money member Tyga. It debuted on the Hot 100 at #100 and on the Heatseekers Songs chart at #11.
To This day Nipsey keeps releasing tracks and mixtapes etc at a regular basis.