Hip hop this week: the world mourns the loss of Nipsey Hussle

While Beyonce teases her new documentary and Pivot Gang emerge with new music.

Hip hop mourns Nipsey Hussle – funeral to take place this week

Last week, LA rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in front of his Marathon clothing store; shot six times by a man named Eric Holder. Since his death, the hip hop community the world over has been mourning him and his effect on the industry. 

The Grammy Award-nominated artist released his acclaimed Victory Lap album last year, and had been a shining example of providing unity between the Bloods and Crips gangs in Los Angeles. Following his murder, it was revealed that Nipsey Hussle was set to meet with LAPD chiefs to discuss ways of reducing violence amongst youth in the community.

The rapper’s funeral is set to take place this Thursday April 11 at the Staples Center in LA, and is expected to be attended by thousands. Many hip hop artists, including friend and collaborator YG, have delayed music releases to mourn and honour Nipsey, while tributes and vigils continue to take place in LA and beyond.

New music from Saba’s Pivot Gang coming through You Can’t Sit With Us

One for the hip hop and the Mean Girls fans, it seems. Rapper Saba and his collective, Pivot Gang, are coming through with their debut album this month, titled You Can’t Sit With Us. It’s an album that has been in the works for the group for some time and in its final version, fans are being given 13 tracks.

Pivot Gang have been teasing a full release over the last few months, dropping serious heat in singles ‘Studio Ground Rules’ and ‘Jason Statham, Pt. 2’ – records that have shown the collective at the top of their game.

The first single taken from the album has come in the Smino-featuring tune, ‘Bad Boys’, while elsewhere on the album, there are guest spots courtesy of Mick Jenkins, Jean Deaux, Kari Faux, Femdot, Benjamin Earl Thunder and Sylvan LaCue. Pretty, pretty stacked. You Can’t Sit With Us is out April 19th.

Netflix teases Beyonce’s Homecoming this month

All it took was one word for Beyonce fans to start losing their minds, thanks to Netflix. ‘Homecoming’, posted on April 7th, has led the Beyhive to deduce that because of the yellow colour scheme and font used, something to do with Beyonce and in particular Beychella, is coming.

Of course, Beyonce is no stranger to the surprise release. Her more recent albums have been built on the element of surprise, so it would be in line with her aesthetic to drop a Netflix special of some kind on the platform with no publicity surrounding it. Whether Homecoming could be a behind the scenes look at her mammoth Coachella production, or the performance itself, remains to be seen but as it’s the Queen Bee, we know all control will be in her tight, flawless grip.