Wack 100 defends Nipsey Hussle comments
“The truth can’t be defined as disrespect.”
Since Nipsey Hussle’s passing this March, Wack 100 has made headlines a few times for comments that some deem disrespectful toward the late rapper. On Saturday (Nov. 30), TMZ caught up with the hip hop executive after The Game’s 40th birthday / retirement party.
“He wasn’t,” Wack said when asked if Nipsey was a legend. “What’s a legend? Define a legend. Let’s keep it real. If Dr. Dre died right now, we’d say we lost a legend, right? Based upon what? Numbers, right? Body of work, right? How many albums did Nipsey drop? One album, right? This not no personal sh*t. This is real sh*t.”
“The man died with a million followers. No radio hits. No platinum hits. No world tours,” Wack continued. “After he died, he went platinum, sold a bunch of records, followers went up nine, 10 million. First of all, we gotta define what a f**king legend is and what it f**king ain’t. Was he on his way? I think within time, yes, he would have been. At the time of his demise… let’s keep it real. The truth can’t be defined as disrespect. If it is, that means you lying to your muthaf**king self.”
The interview arrives after Wack appeared to defend Eric Holder, Nipsey’s alleged killer, citing gang rules as justification for Nipsey’s murder.
“The alleged gunman, when it comes to the rules of engagement of gang banging, he did what he was supposed to do when another gang banger calls you a fa*got, a pedophile or a snitch,” Wack could be heard saying in a leaked audio clip. “You supposed to handle your business. And can’t nobody say that’s wrong.”
Once the snippet went viral, Wack apologized on social media, following encouragement from Nipsey’s former manager, Eugene “Big U” Henley.
However, last month, Wack and Blueface made a joint appearance on the “No Jumper” podcast, where Wack defended his comments.
“All these radio stations, all these people is all fake. I can speak on it because I was part of the Nipsey Hussle movement getting him his first multi-million dollar deal,” he said on the podcast. “You got a man who died with a million followers and no radio hit and no f**king platinum plaques. But because everyone start talking like it’s a goddamn Popeyes chicken sandwich… So where was all these fans?… He didn’t die an A-list artist. Y’all talking about he’s a legend. If he’s a legend why didn’t y’all treat him like that when he was here?”
Blueface ultimately caught his own heat for not defending Nipsey while his manager spoke and went on to address the interview on Twitter.
“Till this day I haven’t said one word about nip idk y y’all mad at me,” he tweeted, adding, “N***as die everyday B.”
During the interview, TMZ also caught up with The Game, who has continued to memorialize Nipsey on his Instagram and remains one of the late rapper’s most vocal supporters.
“What Wack say is what he say,” The Game said of his manager’s comments. “Whatever Wack says, that’s his opinion… I got my own opinion.”
Watch the whole interview below.