The Hip Hop community suffers another loss at the hand of violence. Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and Killed today outside of his L.A Store, Marathon at the young age of 33.
Nipsey (Government name Ermias Ashgedom) was shot multiple times and pronounced dead after being transported by ambulance to the hospital. He wasn’t the only casualty in the cross-fire, it’s reported that two other people were hospitalized as a result of the shooting that took place.
Ashgedom, born in 1985 to an Eritrean father and an African American mother in the unforgiving Crenshaw streets of South Los Angeles. Becoming acquainted quickly with the hustle of his surroundings, he joined the Rolling 60’s subset of the notorious Crips gang. But despite his tough and humble beginnings, the emcee began releasing music over a decade ago. Making mixtapes and tracks that garnered the attention of many notable artists, Drake and Jay Z included.
Other heavy-weights he rubbed shoulders with included his fellow Cali native and blue-sporting paisan, Snoop Dogg. Joining him on the Malice in Wonderland Album. Ashgedom would continue throughout the next decade to make hits with artists such as Casey Veggies, Dom Kennedy, YG, Rick Ross, and many more.
Most notable however in his recent endeavors was the release of his debut album, Victory Lap, featuring appearances by Kendrick, Diddy, The Dream et al. The creation garnered Nipsey a coveted nod from the Academy of Music, earning him a Grammy nod for Best Rap Album. This was a well-deserved and long-awaited feat accomplished by the rapper after an unfruitful and briefly lived deal with Cinematic Music Group. He founded his own label, All Money In, the quintessential move of a self-made man.
Fans across the country can only guess if Hussle knew he’d be a target of unwanted aggression by a cryptic tweet posted only hours before his death:
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Nipsey Hussle was not only true to the streets he was raised in, but a lover of his community as well. Never forgetting his roots, the Rapper and underground activist was allegedly set to release a documentary about the late Dr. Sebi. A nutritionist and naturalist doctor that treated the likes of Lisa ‘Left-Eye’ Lopes and more.
Outpourings of love and grief have already begun to spill from family and friends Including rapper, Drake who shared this only minutes after the news broke:
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Fuck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.
This was just one among the many from the likes of Chance the Rapper, Rihanna and Meek Mill that still continue to flood social media feeds worldwide.
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he's gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you 🙏🏿
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019
Broke me…. we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired 🙏🏾 prayers for my brother and his family
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 1, 2019
33 and far too young he leaves behind partner, Lauren London with whom he shared a son, Kross b. 2016. Prayers up to both during what will undoubtedly be a difficult time.