2012’s “4Hunnid Degreez” was a fortuitous swan song for many of Hip-Hop’s current greats.
Up to that point, 4Hunnid Degreez was arguably the biggest stage Nipsey had seen in his career. The DJ Mustard-produced mixtape would prove to be equally portentous for a good number of their peers – namely Tyga, and Meek Mill on “I’m A Thug.” All the acts I just mentioned were well-established when this project dropped in 2012. And yet, the upward slope that would ensue, only came together once they forged a collective voice on 4hunnid Degreez.
In 2019, YG sits atop his division uncontested. Tyga holds dominion over party/club-inspired hip-hop. Meek Mill outgrew his prodigal status to become the veritable people’s champ (but not before overcoming tons of adversity, mind you).