Joey Bada$$ Wishes Nipsey Hussle Was Appreciated More While He Was Alive

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Joey Bada$$ performs onstage during the Meadows Music And Arts Festival - Day 1 at Citi Field on September 15, 2017 in New York City.
Beast Coast speaks on Nipsey Hussle's death on Ebro's Beats1 show.

Joey Bada$$ recently sat down with Ebro on his Beats1 show, along with the rest of the Beast Coast crew, where they explained why Nipsey Hussle's death is an example of why people should show more appreciation to each other while they're still alive.

"Nobody thought that that day, we would lose Nipsey Hussle. Nobody thought in a million year, you know what I'm saying?" Joey explained. "He was one of those people that we thought we would have forever. And reasons like that is why people go underappreciated while they are here on this Earth."

Joey further explained that the Crenshaw rapper has been recently receiving all of this love and praise for his music, his entrepreneurial skills and the work he's done in his community but he isn't alive to feel it.

"As soon as we lose a person like that, everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon... We should have already been on that while he was here," he said. "He should've been able to see the fruits of his labor as much as it's taken off now."

Joey extended his sentiment to not only the rappers and artists that you appreciate but everyone else in your life that you appreciate. 

"It’s extremely important that you show appreciation for your favorite artists, your favorite people, your favorite friends, your favorite family members, whatever,” he said. “It’s just extremely important you never waste those moments, you always appreciate them. Like you said, any moment it can go like that.” 

Peep the interview below. 

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