Fellow West Coast native Roddy Ricch revisited his time making music with Nipsey Hussle during an interview with “Big Boy’s Neighborhood.” The Compton native discussed the creative process behind his collaboration with the late artist/entrepreneur “Racks In The Middle,” which is the last song Hussle released, and what the the 33-year-old meant to his career.
During a recording session with Future, Ricch heard melodies pouring out from across the hall where Grammy Award-winning producer Hit-Boy was stationed. Ricch heard the instrumental to “Racks In The Middle,” which Hit-Boy intended to keep in his arsenal of beats. Ricch laid a verse and hook on it, and months later, Nipsey Hussle recorded three verses and the rest is streaming history.
“He the reason why I’m here today,” Ricch said. The Compton native continued to state that he was supposed to sign to Hussle’s label, All Money In. “But Nip was working on Victory Lap. So he was like, ‘I know you about to go, and I don’t want to hold you back from doing what you got to do. You’re about to be gone.’” Ricch added. “Racks In The Middle” landed at the No. 44 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart after Hussle’s passing on March 31.
Watch the interview below.