The NFL Network has shared a new feature entitled The L.A. Marathon, with Snoop Dogg and Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson discussing Nipsey Hussle’s legacy. The Crenshaw-born player opens the short visual with an introduction of his friendship with the Victory Lap artist, going all the way back to their first meeting somewhere between 1997 and 1998. He then meets with Snoop Dogg, a native of Long Beach, who narrates his first time listening to Hussle’s music along with an old clip of the late rapper in his younger years.
Jackson also met with Hussle’s bodyguard J Roc, asking him about the impact of his friend in Los Angeles. “It’s because he never left,” Roc answered as they stood on a basketball court with a mural of the rapper. “He lived and died where he came from, and he believed in everything. He believed in this community.”
Moving forward, the NFL player visited Hussle’s various places of business and analyzed the effects of his career, talking to a number of his friends and work associates. Jackson spoke to real estate developer David Gross, owner of affordable co-working space Vector 90, and how the rapper encouraged and aided in the creation of other businesses in the area. “For years, we didn’t have the resources to invest in our own communities,” Gross explained. “But as we have a generation or a couple generations that have found ways to make money, go back and put it to work and be the catalyst in your neighborhood, Nip lived that. He definitely saw it.”
“Sometimes when we’re on this Earth, people don’t understand our value,” Dogg said in the feature. “One thing my grandmother told me, she said, ‘When you’re gone, your work is going to speak for you.’ …I believe that man’s work is speaking for him.” Jackson ends the feature with heartwarming words of Hussle’s impact on his own life, saying, “When I’m on the field and when I’m playing, I’m repping and I’m standing for what he talked about.” He added, “That’s just off the strength of the love I got from him.”
Watch The L.A. Marathon on YouTube.
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