NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson



Written by Delmar Napue (Purpose Pieces)

As a 20 year old black American man, who do I look to in media to represent me and my ideals? Where are my role models? Where is my representation? Year after year a new movement arrives, a new slogan attached, a new code of ethics introduced. For a long time now I looked for someone to include me in the discussion. Nipsey came along and told me i didn’t need their discussion. Nipsey told me to make my own discussion and include my own people. Nipsey’s career has reminded and proved everything Jay Z told me, I see now that ownership of yourself and your work isn’t some fluke thing. Nipsey is one of the few to take control of his fate and that’s why he’s so important to the game. He’s a role model for all and his latest effort “Victory Lap” is one of the greatest examples why.

There’s so much meaning behind the concept of “Victory Lap”. For years I’ve heard Nipsey repeat and execute the mantras “All Money In” along with “The Marathon Continues”. These mantras are made so significant because of his efforts in being transparent with his business savvy throughout his career. He’s shown so many that you have to be willing to invest in yourself to be successfully independent. That only through experiences, knowledge gained, and strategic thinking, that you’ll be able to stand on the foundation you’ve built no strings attached.

If Nipsey wasn’t the artist or person he was, “Victory Lap” would be a very different project. Nipsey could’ve easily used the 16 songs provided to brag about his accomplishments and flex on whoever. Instead he used Victory Lap as a canvas, encapsulating moments of glory along with moments of trauma and setbacks. After years of listening to Nipsey he has ingrained in me the idea that there is no such thing as a loss. Years ago, when I first heard “The Marathon Continues” it just sounded cool. Now, as a young adult, a college student with goals and career aspirations, that phrase means so much more. Every setback is a learning opportunity to analyze, correct, and overcome. The point of everything you ever do should be to grow, and that’s all I’ve seen Nipsey do.

There’s so much meaning and context behind each one of Nipsey’s projects, and “Victory Lap” is no exception to that. The album is filled with themes of leadership, sacrifice, journey, struggles and everything in between. While interjecting all these ideals and beliefs into the music Nipsey is still rapping with the best of them on this album. As Sacramento rapper, “Mozzy” would say, this album is a mandatory snatch.

I believe it’s important to have a sense of identity independent of society. I’m not in favor of latching yourself onto a celebrity and expecting them to be your or someone’s role model because you lack individual direction. But at the same time, it’s great when a public figure inspires and teaches so many people how to be truly successful. So support Nipsey, because when you support him your basically supporting yourself.

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

K.I Breaux’s “Too Close”

“Too Close”

K.I Breaux is an recording artist under “Live City Sound”. he is known for his popular series and mantra “ODOTGL” meaning “Over Dose on That Good Love”, part one was given in 2012 and he is currently prepping the release of the second installment. Late fall of 2016 we were gifted a 10 song R&B collaborative project by the name of “House of Dreams” with Montavious Zoid. Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

Sule -‘”Park Avenue”

Sule -’ “Park Avenue”

Written by Jason Terrell

Sule is a lyricist hailing from Englewood, NJ. Coming off of his latest project, “Park Avenue”, Sule releases an East Coast banger with consistent bars and flow. “Park Avenue” was an easy listen and an equally easy review. Put it on, relax, and listen to Sule’s flow.Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

Jay-Z: MaNyfaCedGod A Short Film

Jay Z : MaNyfaCedGod A Short Film

Written by Delmar Napue

I’m an analytical over thinker. Something I work desperately at to change but deep down I know I won’t. I never learned how to let things in life be, I always assumed there was a formula for every situation. I had faith that the puzzle I constantly stared at and was stumped by would eventually be solved. It wasn’t, nor will it ever be. I’m starting to realize that sometimes in order to truly close the door you have to leave it open. Because maybe it was never your door to close. Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

What ya’ll wearing?: 5 Online African fashion stores to support for the Black Panther Primer

What ya’ll wearing?: 5 online African fashion stores to support for the Black Panther Premiere

Written by Benjamin Unanaowo

Marvel shared their latest trailer for Black Panther after Kendrick Lamar’s College Football Playoff half-time performance.

With less than 40 days before the film debuts there’s one thing on many anticipated watchers mines:


The threads in the Black Panther film will be a curated dream team mash up of two time Academy Award nominees costume designer  Ruth E. Carter and Nigerian designer Wake Oyejide whose behind the Ikiré Jones label which is a blend of traditional African prints and western attire. While it would be nice to stroll into the premier rocking something from Mr. Oyejide collection, I don’t know about ya’ll cousins but I don’t have vibranium coin money. No worries, here is a list of some nice alternatives.


Right now H&M is none too popular cousins. You will def get a side eye walking into the movies with their threads on. No problem, check out Diyanu they are basically the African H&M in terms of urban options and affordable pricing.Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

Top Ten Hip Hop Albums of 2017

Top Ten Hip Hop Albums 2017

Written by Jason Terrell

This year has been an overwhelming year for music. Between albums, playlists, mixtapes, and collab projects, It seemed like every month there was a crazy project dropping. Most projects require one listen before I make a decision whether they will get a replay but before I can determine an album’s quality, I have to sit with it for a few weeks and even months. To say the least, 2017 was full of music from Jazz, Hip/Hop, and R&B.

I’ve been thinking about my top 10 Hip/Hop albums for the year and I want to share with the Sonic Breakdown community. My 10 was chosen from it’s replay ability, impact, Instagram mention, and whether or not I actually purchased the CD or digital album. Because the year was full of music, I may not have heard every project but I have heard the majority of “mainstream” and underground projects.Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

Lessons from Lil Peep

Lesson from Lil Peep

Written by Jennifer Alfaro

Losing an artist who has contributed to the climate change in hip-hop has ignited conversation about not only opioid addiction, but also the uncomfortable talk about mental illness. The sudden death of Soundcloud sensation, Lil Peep, has made many reevaluate not only his actions leading up to his overdose, but also other artists who are channeling similar demons through music. For an artist who has documented his depression and addiction to Xanax in his music for a minute, why did we not intervene? Why does it take death to highlight cries for help that consumers are oblivious to and continue to glamourize self-medication?Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

Night with Syd tha Kid

Night with Syd tha Kyd

Written by Bettina Mayberry

THE TIME: 8:17 pm.

THE LOCATION: Downtown Dallas

“Omg bruh. They deep as HELL out here!!! I mean I knew there was going to be a good turnout but like this though??! I hope I’m able to actually get in” I blurted aloud as I sat in the backseat of my UBER, twisting my hair anxiously as my driver pulled up to the venue on this clear, warm night.

The line wrapped around the building of the famous South Side Music Hall November 14 as an eclectic, beautiful mix of excited concert goers waited outside in palpable anticipation to see Syd as she stopped by for the Dallas leg of her Always Never Home Tour.   Continue reading

NIPSEY HUSSLE "Victory Lap" | DeRa Brinson

Meek Mill: Wins & Losses

Meek Mill : Wins & Losses

Written by Delmar Napue

Earlier this year Meek Mill released his highly anticipated 3rd studio album, “Wins & Losses”. An album surrounded by much speculation because of the drama filled 2 Years Meek has gone through. Both his haters and supporters eager to see if he can bounce back from the perceived “L’s” he’d taken. Many wondered if his relationship and break up with pop star Nicki Minaj, rap beefs with Drake and numerous others, along with the social media backlash would finally put a chink in his armor, and with the title “Wins & Losses”, for many, that theory was all but confirmed. Continue reading