31 Nipsey Hussle Quotes: The Man Who Proved Hussle Isn’t Always Bad

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To “hustle” or “hussle” can mean different things to different people. Most of the time, it is associated with a greedy pursuit of money. However, hussle can also mean having the talents, skills, self-determination, and confidence to achieve what you want in life. What would be better to show that “hussle” is not always bad than some impressive Nipsey Hussle quotes?

Ermias Joseph Asghedom, also known as Nipsey Hussle, was a somewhat controversial and tragic figure. He was a well-known rapper, activist, business person, and a Grammy winner. Still, until the end of his life, the LAPD considered him a gang member. His life was cut short while his career was still in its prime. The loss has left many rap fans devastated. However, his legacy remains as an example of a rapper and a hustler from the inner cities who was also highly educated and wise.

In memory of Nipsey, I have collected some beautiful and inspirational Nipsey Hussle quotes to motivate you to get out there and hussle it out!

31 Nipsey Hussle Quotes To Prove Hustle Isn’t (Always) Bad

Inspirational Nipsey Hussle Quotes

#1. “We’re not the cause, we’re the effect.

#2. “You’re not going to scare me into being somebody I don’t want to be.”

#3. “You’ve got to have faith in what you’re doing and not take no for an answer.”

#4. “The company you keep has a large influence on the situations you bring to yourself.”

#5. “I try to sprinkle a little gems and jewels in the music that people could use in their own life.”

#6. “I will never say something I don’t agree with or believe in… Even if the reward is massive!”

#7. “Most important thing is to get rid of doubt. If you got doubt in what you’re doing it’s not gonna work.”

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

#9. “Instead of trying to build a brick wall, lay a brick every day. Eventually you’ll look up and you’ll have a brick wall.”

#10. “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.”

#11. “We got turned down, we failed, had setbacks, had to start over a lot of times. But we kept going at it. In anybody’s case that’s always the distinguishing factor.”

#12. “We represent a hustler. I think we represent inspiration. I think we represent, you know, staying down. I think we represent building yourself up from the bootstraps.”

#13. “I went through every emotion with try’na pursue what I’m doing, you know what I mean? And I think what’s gon’ separate whoever’s gonna go for something, that you ain’t gon’ quit.”

#14. “Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my career, even in my life, things end up exactly how I visualized them.”

#15. “I always wanted to do things right and represent myself as somebody that took the art serious and someone that took the business serious also, so I had time to weigh the options and figure it out and do my best to create the situation that was ideal.”

Nipsey Hussle Quotes About Knowledge

#16. “Premature certainty is the enemy of the truth.”

#17. “The reason children accept discipline from their parents is because they know their parents love them.”

#18. “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.”

#19. “If you’re going to write about rap music and hip-hop, and you don’t love it, then we don’t need your opinion, and we revoke your opinion.”

#20. “I was never ignorant, as far as being experienced in classrooms and learning about different subjects and actually soaking it up, so I checked into college for a little bit. I took classes at a community college in West L.A. I took psychology, English, and philosophy.”

Nipsey Hussle Quotes About Doing Business

#21. “I never wanted to alienate my brand for business … I always wanted to keep it authentic and keep as pure as I could.”

#22. “Money is a tool – it’s the means, not the end. Inspiration is the metric that dictates whether or not a project is a success.”

#23. “As an entrepreneur, as an investor, I’m trying to be as educated as I can to where the progression of technological capability is going and what it does to these different categories that, me as an artist and an influencer, I can get involved and bring value.”

#24. “I think that every artist – or anybody that’s in business – could benefit from a direct-to-consumer strategy, so I think that that applies to us as artists and content creators, too.

#25. “I got an album concept called ‘Exit Strategy,’ that might be one of my last ones. It’s a term they use in business when you build companies. You create an exit strategy as you make a company. You don’t wait till you’re five years in it; you create an exit strategy as you make the company.

Nipsey Hussle Quotes About the African American Community

#26. “Black people in America, people from the struggle, immigrants, it’s no generational wealth that we are attached to, so we are tasked to create – in one generation – closing the gap. That’s why we so Doomsday about getting to the check: ’cause it’s life or death for real.”

#27. “When you talk about black entrepreneurship, you’re talking about addressing the foundation of what’s going on with our people when we don’t have any financial power. Our basic needs aren’t being met in a lot of cases, so there’s no way we’re going to be able to tap into our potential until we address those bottom-level base needs.”

Personal Nipsey Hussle Quotes

#28. “I identify myself as a hustler since I was a young kid.”

#29. “I grew up in an environment where being polite was taken as a weakness. So I just fought everybody.”

#30. “I’m the type person, my safe place to be emotional is the booth.”

#31. “As I got older, my pops tried to keep me involved with the culture by telling me the stories of the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, how he came to America, and about our family back home, because all that side of my family – my aunties, grandparents – is in Africa.

Final Thoughts

After reading some of these Nipsey Hussle quotes, I truly feel like getting up and making the best out of my life. We are all faced with obstacles and roadblocks which make us feel hopeless or incapable of making what we want into reality. This is especially true for communities which start off more disadvantaged, as was the case with Nipsey. And yet, we can always prevail and hussle our way to the top!


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