Nipsey Hussle's Slauson Boy Vol. 2 mixtape arrived two weeks ago and eleven years after his debut mixtape Slauson Boy Vol. 1. Now 31 years of age, Nipsey is no longer the swaggering Snoop Dogg disciple of yore. He has several chapters yet to write, and with his debut album Victory Lap on the way, he is in some ways currently in the most exciting stage of his career. But nothing will ever again compare to the time in the late '00s when Nipsey emerged as a technical street rapper from South Central, whose combination of precision and hunger few rappers in the country could match.

Click through the gallery to revisit the first half of Nipsey Hussle's career, from 2005 to 2011, up until he turned 26.