Song of the Day #3,930: ‘Grinding All My Life’ – Nipsey Hussle

When rapper Nipsey Hussle was murdered last week, shot outside his Los Angeles clothing store, several of my Facebook friends were distraught. A lot of celebrities I follow on Instagram were similarly shaken, posting moving tributes to a man whose music and message had moved them.

All of those people are younger and blacker than me, and I’ve never been much of a rap fan, so I guess it’s no surprise that I live in a different world, one where I had never heard the name Nipsey Hussle until this tragic incident.

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Song of the Day #3,143: ‘FDT’ – YG (feat. Nipsey Hussle)

ygWhen I saw that my final blog entry on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll was to be a rap song by YG (feat. Nipsey Hussle), I was bummed. I’ve seen enough of these generic party anthems held up as great art.

But then I read that the song’s title ‘FDT,’ stands for “Fuck Donald Trump” and I realized, regardless of the song’s quality, we couldn’t have a finer closing song for this series.

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