Nipsey Hussle’s March 2019 murder left a gaping hole in the Hip Hop community that was especially felt in his hometown of Los Angeles. As the late rap legend’s family, friends and fans continue to keep his legacy alive, a special event has been planned for Friday (February 5) that will breathe new life into his 2010 album The Marathon.
On Tuesday (February 2), Neighborhood Nip’s official Instagram account shared a clip announcing The Marathon Visual Album Experience on YouTube, which all goes down at 5 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST. The same clip was shared by animation studio Oki Doki with the caption, “Celebrating the life of an incredible human, the Marathon mixtape, and the first week of #BlackHistoryYear.”
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Nipsey’s estate initially teased the project last December with another Instagram post on the 10th anniversary of The Marathon’s release.
“Today marks 10 years since the release of #TheMarathon,” the caption read. “A project our team holds near and dear to our hearts for many reasons. It represents the story of Nipsey’s resilience and unwavering faith in his mission, and the authenticity and honesty in his message. It also was the first seed planted in the Marathon brand that gave fruit to many other branches that Nipsey architected, as only he could do.
“In commemoration of this anniversary we’re proud to announce our collaborative effort with @okidoki to bring to life an interactive live visual album experience coming in 2021. The experience will give viewers and intimate look at the era that helped shape this masterpiece. The people, the places, the stories, and more. Stay tuned, official drop date coming soon!”
As the two-year anniversary of Nip’s death inches closer, fans can expect more from his team. According to All Money In rapper J Stone, who spoke to Bootleg Kev in December 2020, a posthumous follow-up to 2019’s Victory Lap is in the works.
“It’s gonna definitely be another Nip album,” he said at the time. “But it’s All Money In, we ain’t gonna put out nothing Mickey or do it just because. Rest in peace in ‘Pac. If they would have held on to his music a little bit more, it would have been received different. But the music was still good and we needed it at that time. Nip has his brand and his image so strong and tight like, you can’t do the ‘Pac on him with the Makaveli 1, Makaveli 15.”
Until then, revisit The Marathon mixtape below.