Barely 24 hours ago Los Angeles Rapper Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in front of his clothing store at Hyde park in crenshaw, South Los Angeles California.
Police reports say a gunman in his 20’s opened fire on Nipsey and two of his friends. It is said that six bullets struck Nipsey –five to the body and one to the head. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This incident took place shortly after Nipsey posted a tweet on his twitter page which read —
Having strong enemies is a blessing
Unconfirmed reports suggest that this daughter was with him at the time of the shooting as pictures of Nipsey and his daughter appeared on twitter at the parking lot of the Marathon store. But this was later cleared up on twitter that little girl was a fan standing for a picture with her Dad and Nipsey.
Sources also confirmed that his associates were also wounded in the attack but are responding to treatment in hospital. It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. After going through the internet frantically searching for a source that would confirm the story as April fool’s joke –I realised this was real. Nipsey Hussle had been shot and killed.
I remember listening to Nipsey’ s songs couple of years ago when he was still young and up coming. I will have to explain to my five year old son why Nipsey is no longer with us as we enjoy listening to his songs whilst driving to the the supermarket for our weekend shopping.
The first song i ever saw of Nipsey Hussle was the song titled ‘Hussle in the house’ a couple of years ago on YouTube. Ever since I have been a fan. Listening to all his work and anticipating his next move. He struck a nerve with me and I understood his lyrics beyond the surface of gang rap, they had deeper meaning to them. It took a true HipHop head to listen and filter through the beats and hook; to the point of digesting the content from his voice to his message.
His style of flow was unique, with raw emotions on the delivery and he had the swag of Snoop Dogg, Songs like ‘Bullet’s aint got no name’ from the mix-tapes Bullets aint got no name vol 1 & 2 certainly attracted fans to his craft. As much as these two projects somewhat glorified violence they had an underpinning message which I and many other fans came to resonate with.
His projects to date includes The Marathon (2010), The Marathon Continues (2011), Crenshaw (2013), Mailbox Money (2014) and finally
Victory Lap (2018) which got him the nomination for best album of the year in 2019.
Victory Lap. just as the name suggest, this album was to solidify Nipsey as an accomplished independent artist who struggled through the grind on his own beating the gang life, making it out of a bad record deal and pouring out his Entrepreneur spirit into his craft turning it into a successful brand ‘ALL MONEY IN’ which is his record label and ‘MARATHON CLOTHING’ his clothing brand.
The album had songs like victory lap where he speaks on focusing on the goals he set out for himself and working hard to achieve them using his past struggles as motivation.
Other songs like Hussle & Motivate encouraged black Americans in the hood to strive for better and educate themselves to turn away from the gang life and embrace positive mindset and approaches. Also to this he held true as he bought estates in his community and carried out philanthropic in the neighbourhood he grew up in and offered his help to his community anyway he could.
As expected speculations are circulating about the motive behind his killing, a lot of people are of the idea that he was murdered as a result of the investigation he was doing in relation to the documentary he was going to put out about Dr Sebi and his death under suspicious circumstances. With a lot of fingers pointing at the Government and big Pharmaceutical industries trying to hide the truth.
Personally, as sources revealed that the shooter got up close to Nipsey to be able to get a head shot at him, I believe Nipsey Hussle knew the shooter and think this murder is gang related. I hope we find out soon from his associates who are recovering in Hospital provided the no snitching law among gang members does not seal their voices.
Regardless of what the reason for his killing was it is about time black Americans stop this self genocide. Black on black crimes as its known in the united states needs to stop. They are only eliminating themselves from the food chain and the greatest country on earth. This reminds me of Tupac Sharkur who also was shot and killed in Las Vegas almost three decades ago.
Nipsey survived by his brother and mother, girlfriend Lauren London and two kids Emani and Kross.
Nip, its sad you had to leave this world in this way, but I’m happy you are now at peace.. rest young man rest.
Thanks for all the memories and songs you left us, your words will remain with us and your music will never die.
Nipsey Hussle, Real name Ermias Asghedom, Born August 15, 1985, Died March 31, 2019
From one African brother to another, Rest in peace!