Nipsey Hussle’s legacy has grown significantly since his passing, and not even his producer realized the impact he would have.
Lamar “Mars” Edwards, of the notoriously successful music group 1500 or Nothin’, sat down with Black Hollywood Live this week to discuss his journey to becoming a Grammy nominated, multi platinum producer and musician, and opened up about working with the great Nipsey Hussle.
I brought up “Victory Lap,” the last project released by Nipsey Hussle before his untimely death in March of 2019, which earned Mars a nomination at the 2019 Grammys.
“We didn’t know it [Victory Lap] would have that kind of impact but we did everything we could to make it as best as we could,” said Mars. “It was dope that he impacted so many people through his music but that was just a segway for people to actually tap into what he was doing and see how he was thinking.”
Nipsey was known to publicly pledge his allegiance to 1500 or Nothin’, crediting them with the development of his signature sound, all of which Mars played a big role in.
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Mars says that Nipsey’s music was ”very, very subtle in comparison to what he was doing as a person.”
So what’s the biggest thing Mars took from Nipsey’s example?
“Purpose. Knowing what your purpose is and acting in it.” He adds, “if we didn’t know what the blueprint was, if he [Nipsey] wasn’t operating in his purpose, then he would just be another person that we tragically lost. But because we know what his vision is, we can carry it out.”
During the conversation, Lamar, affectionately known as ‘My Guy Mars’, also discussed his humble beginnings in church, which he feels not only contributed to his current grounding as a businessman, but also provided him with the proper atmosphere to develop into the successful producer and musician he is today.
The story then travels to how 1500 or Nothin’ was formed and the work ethic that helped make them one of the most dominant music groups in the entertainment industry.
I asked how iron sharpens iron within that conglomerate of artists.
“It’s easy when you don’t have egos,” said Mars, “and you have an understanding.”
He goes on to talk about the importance of communication and teamwork when dealing with such an ever changing machine like the music business.
Through the gateway of 1500 or Nothin’, Jay-Z, Kanye West, T.I. , Snoop Dogg, Faith Evans, Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Frank Ocean and David Banner are just a few of whom Mars has been “blessed” to work with. In his own words he states, “God is good,” giving credit to the Big Man upstairs for his success.
That success is now also resonating in the lives of people inspired by Mars, by way of Nipsey Hussle’s music and legacy.
To hear the rest of Mars and my conversation, check out the interview by clicking the link above on Black Hollywood Live.