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Snoop Dogg to Release Tribute for Nipsey Hussle’s Birthday

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In honor of his birthday, Snoop Dogg is paying homage to Nipsey Hussle with a new song called “Nipsey Blue,” which is set for release on Friday, Aug. 14, one day ahead of what would have been Nipsey’s birthday. The touching tribute features a sample of blues and gospel singer Dorothy Moore’s 1976 hit “Misty Blue.”

This is not the first time Snoop has honored his late friend. A year ago, he released his “One Blood, One Cuzz” tribute off his album I Wanna Thank Me. “For God so loved the world he gave us a good Crip / The late great Neighborhood Nip,” he rapped. “I swear to God nephew, you was the truth.”

During his funeral at L.A.’s Staples Center in April 2019, Snoop delivered a tearful tribute to Nipsey. “One thing that me and Nip had was a kind spirit … we met each other [and] it was like a magnet coming together,” he said. “We had the same spirit. But what was crazy was Nip mentality was stronger than a rapper that’s been in the game for 15 years.”

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He also commemorated the Crenshaw rapper with a chain. The oval pendant features a photo of Nipsey surrounded by diamonds.

Others have paid tribute to Nipsey through music including Meek Mill and Roddy Ricch, who released “Letter to Nipsey” in January.

Nipsey was killed in a shooting outside his Marathon Clothing store on March 31, 2019. He would have been 35 years old.