In The Rotation: “Perfect Ten” by Mustard feat. Nipsey Hussle

Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso, is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn

Producer and DJ Mustard is known for making hit songs for other artists, well this time around, he’s back with his third studio album, Perfect Ten. While there’s no doubt his albums beam with fiery collaborations of star-studded features, this album’s title track shines a little differently with a verse from the late Nipsey Hussle.

“Perfect Ten” is the second posthumous track from Nipsey following up the “Higher” collaboration alongside DJ Khaled and John Legend. This isn’t the first time Nipsey has collaborated with Mustard, however, this song gives a listener a different type of emotion since Nipsey’s passing. Not only does Mustard allow Nipsey to spit bars, but he adds in a motivational interview the rapper conducted with Big Boy back in 2018. While the radio clip has Nipsey discussing how he uses hip-hop to advance his people, there’s one lyric that sticks out when he says, “Ain’t no guarantees but you know that / Ni***s die everyday, can’t control that.” The track is not only an insight into NIpsey’s views, but also the perfect reminder that the marathon continues on.

Summer is officially here, and with it comes playing outdoor ping pong, day drinking and time to make adjustments midway through the year. Therefore, if the weekend calls for some wise words from the late Nipsey Hussle Tha Great, put Mustard’s “Perfect Ten” in the rotation and check out this week’s pertinent reading material:

Meek Mill on becoming the co-owner of sports apparel retailer Lids and how Jay Z changed his perspective on business – Business Insider

The French (Hip-Hop) Revolution – DJBooth

Rema Is Leading the Next Generation of Nigerian Pop – Pitchfork

J. Cole’s Manager Helps Build a Dreamville Empire While Staying Focused on One Client – Variety

How Woodstock 50 Imploded Right Before Our Eyes: A Timeline – Vulture

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