The last song that Nipsey Hussle ever released during his lifetime was “Racks In The Middle,” which features Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. Roddy has been rising for the last several years, recently hitting his stride as he’s expected to make a huge impact this year. The Compton rapper was close with Nipsey Hussle, working closely with the artist while he made Victory Lap and considering signing to All Money In. Nipsey saw the talent in Roddy and he told him that since he knew the 20-year-old would blow up, he wanted him to sign elsewhere so that he could be a priority. They finally crossed paths musically in 2019 and it ended up being their first and last song together. During a sit-down with Big Boy on his radio show, Roddy spoke about the impact that Nipsey had in his life, noting that the Los Angeles rapper was the only artist on the West Coast to give him a co-sign.
The day before finding out about Nipsey’s murder, Roddy was high on life having performed with Marshmello at Ultra in Miami. He was excited to get to work on his album and continue working with Nipsey Hussle. When he found out about his friend’s passing, he was obviously shaken up. Roddy names Mustard as one of the producers that’s been with him since day one but when it comes to other rappers, Nipsey was really the only person to get him situated before he hit it big. Because of that, the young artist decided to get a piece of him tattooed on his face forever.
“I got ‘Prolific’ on my face. It’s healing but I just got it tatted,” said Roddy before showing off the ink to the hosts. He admits that he already needs to get the piece touched up but he’s excited to honor his friend for the rest of his life.
Watch the full interview below.