Wave Staff Report
“Product of the Ghetto,” a new video featuring the late hip hop legend, Nipsey Hussle, finally has been released after months of anticipation.
The video was released Aug. 15, on what would have been Hussle’s 36th birthday, to pay homage to his impact and legacy in the community and in music.
The audio, released earlier this year, spread like wild fire, receiving more than 700,000 in streams and has been featured on many top hip hop blogs.
“Product of the Ghetto” was produced by J. Wells & S-Dot (Chris Brown, Casey Veggies, Robin Thicke) Wells, a multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated producer, has produced for several of the biggest names in music including, T.I., Jay Rock, Snoop Dogg, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and many more.
Styliztk Jones (Stylz) began his career battle rapping on Sway & Tech’s “The Wake Up Show” alongside Mistah Fab, Kurupt, Will.I.Am and other renowned emcees. He has released several mix tapes and has collaborated and/or graced the stage with the likes of Xzibit, Planet Asia, Dr. Dre, Battlecat and Dawaun Parker, to name a few.
Recently Styliztik was featured on Ghostface Killahs’ album The Lost Tapes alongside Big Daddy Kane on “Done It Again.”
After achieving significant success individually, Stylz and Wells decided it was time to return to the foundation. The video directed by Jo Lenz and produced by Stylz & Wells, also memorializes Kobe Bryant and former TDE artist Rezee, who was a recent victim of gun violence when he was murdered in the Nickerson Gardens in his hometown of Watts.
The video tells the story of a young basketball star growing up in the Crenshaw district but is bused to the San Fernando Valley for sports. The lead character is played by West Valley League most valuable player David Elliott IV, who recently committed to play at Loyola Marymount University. The video also features a guest appearance by WNBA player, Cappie Pondexter.
“I just want to say happy birthday to Nipsey Hussle,” Well said. “This video is our way of celebrating his legacy while grieving his loss. We hope it inspires. My condolences to Adam, Sam, Lauren, and the entire Asghedom family.
“This video is our way of honoring Nipsey and his legacy,” Stylz said. “It delivers a powerful message of overcoming the adversity of your surroundings while tastefully paying homage to Nipsey throughout.”