Meek Mill, a Nipsey Hussle contemporary, got together with the newly minted rap star Roddy Ricch, a Nipsey protege, to record “Letter To Nipsey,” the song that they debuted last night. There’s a long tradition of rap songs dedicated to dead peers, many of which are overwhelmingly popular. “Letter To Nipsey” goes for heartfelt intensity rather than pop sweep. It’s a worthy entry into that canon.
On the track, Meek vents passionately about the loss of his friend: “I ain’t finna say it like I’m your main homie/ But when we lost you it really put some pain on me/ Got me scared to go outside without that flame on me.” Roddy Ricch, who isn’t really a passionate presence, simply sing-raps about how numb he was when he got the news. He also sings the hook. Listen to the track below.