Inside the Mix: Rich Keller Deconstructing Nipsey Hussle’s “Grinding All My Life”

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Watch Rich Keller Deconstruct His Epic Mix Of Nipsey Hu$$le's "Grinding All My Life"

The success of Grammy award winning artist, Nipsey Hussle's "Grinding All My Life" is no surprise with Nipsey's iconic style and lyrics, a track from Murda Beatz, and Rich Keller's epic mix.

In this Exclusive, first call mixer to Hip Hop royalty, Rich Keller, deconstructs his mix of "Grinding All My Life" by Nipsey Hussle.

Watch as Rich Keller:

  • Tells the history of the song
  • Breaks down his signature mixing philosophy
  • Talks about the difference between today's productions and one's that used to come in on 2" tape
  • Checks tracks for clicks, pops and other artifacts that may have happened during tracking
  • Explains when to effect a sound and when to leave it alone
  • Shows how he sets up a 33609 and Manley Massive Passive on the 2 bus for the beat
  • Breaks down his approach to EQ enhancement on Nipsey's lead vocal
  • Enhances the chorus vocal by enhancing the upper harmonics using EQ
  • Differentiates the verse vocal from the chorus vocals to create scene changes and movement from section to section
  • Shows each step of his vocal effects treatments that add the massive amount of depth, width and space this mix is famous for
  • Shows exactly how he crafted the delays in the chorus as requested by the producer
  • Uses a Neve 33609 for parallel compression on the lead vocal in the chorus for an extra lift

Watch Rich Keller, mix "Grinding All My Life" from Nipsey Hussle. Only on

Equipment & Software


  • Soundtoys Crystallizer
  • Soundtoys PanMan
  • UAD dbx 160
  • UAD Fairchild 670
  • UAD Harrison 32C
  • UAD Lexicon 224
  • UAD Manley Massive Passive EQ
  • UAD Neve 33609
  • UAD Neve 88RS
  • UAD Precision De-Esser
  • UAD Precision Maximizer
  • UAD UA 610-B
  • Waves H Delay
  • Waves Manny Marroquin Reverb
  • Waves RVerb
  • Waves Q10 EQ
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Rich Keller

With 4 Grammy Award nominations, 29 Platinum albums, and over 75 million albums sold, it is no surprise that Rich has continued to be a first call mixer and producer for hip hop and R&B royalty like Snoop Dogg, DMX, Jay Z, Nipsey Hussle Alicia Keys, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne, Mariah Carey, Method Man, Rick Ross, and many many more.

Rich's career spans the breadth of hip hop since 1992, earning him official "OG" status.

Rich attended North Texas State University and the City College of New York where he studied jazz bass with legendary bassist Ron Carter.



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2022 Oct 08
Por favor, añadan subtítulos en Español. Gracias,
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2022 Jun 30
Español Por Favor !!!!
2022 Feb 20
FIRE!!!! More Hip Hop and R&B
Castor X
2022 Jan 09
Danke für dieses großartige Video. Super erklärt . Für mich persönlich ist der Einsatz der UAD Plugins immer ein Genuss, weil ich so viel über deren Einsatz lerne. Bitte mehr Videos dieser Art.
2021 Dec 14
Great video! Thanks!
2021 Jul 24
Such a great mix! More like finishing touches but still it was so good!
2021 Jun 03
More Hip Hop & RnB Mixing Thanks for this.
2021 Apr 15
This is more “finishing touches”, not mixing a hip hop track.
2021 Mar 11
Listen...this mofo is aces! Not a mix I expected to come across on here. RIP to Hussle. Like he said: legend. Beyond music. Mr. Rich, you're killin' it!!! Please more deconstructions from you, my man! Exactly the approach we all benefit from. Straight at the neck, concise and eloquent.
2021 Mar 08
This is awesome! More hip hop please puremix!
2021 Jan 13
I didn't know Clark Griswold's brother was in to mixing, nice. Joking aside this is very cool!
2021 Jan 13
We need more video from him! The way how he explain things is superb.
2021 Jan 10
Rich Keller is a Living Legend! Thank you for giving us insights on what you're doing, how you're doing it, and why.
2020 Dec 30
Loved this! Great tutorial! Made me think, Inside the Mix 'Retro' could be an idea. Hearing Rich talk about 'Slippin' made me want to hear the inside THAT mix.
Phantom Studios
2020 Dec 30
Great combination of technical explanation with mix philosophy. Thanks Rich & Puremix!
2020 Dec 30
Good video. I didn't know he died. I was going to request more video's from Rich. I like the way he thinks and his explanations. Great content PureMix!!
2020 Dec 28
Sad that he died. Rip
2020 Dec 26
This was great guys. Thank you!
2020 Dec 25
Thanks, Rich! Thanks, Puremix!
2020 Dec 23
Wow learned a lot of new things from this video!
2020 Dec 21
finally some hip hop! Let's do more Puremix! And add some RnB tutorials too!
2020 Nov 29
Long Live Nipsey Hu$$le! Than you for this Rich and PureMix, gave me chills! Inspired me to feel the track, producer and artist more on any project I have in front of me!
2020 Nov 28
Great to see Hip Hop on PureMix. RIP Nipsey! Amazing production
2020 Nov 28
Thanks for this Rich and the puremix team!
2020 Nov 27
Creme de la creme teaching and knowledge shared here. Thank you !!!
2020 Nov 27
Great!!! I'd love to see Rich remix "Bring the Pain" !!!!!!!!!
2020 Nov 25
Man this is crazy dude really mixed a lot of songs that made me want to rap growing smh I’m a huge fan man please keep on blessing us
2020 Nov 25
Literally my favorite modern rapper and now favorite engineer man thank you whoever brought this guy in