A mural has been erected outside Nipsey Hussle’s Marathon store in L.A. to commemorate the late rapper who was gunned down in cold blood.
The rap star whose memorial service has been confirmed will be held this Thursday at the Staples Center as we reported before from 10am will be remembered for his good deeds within the community he grew up in.
The rap star used to take members of his community shopping, get them complete makeovers, he would make sure those who can’t afford it, he helps them get phones so they can stay upbeat with the happenings around the world.
In fact on the day he was shot dead, he was in the process of helping a friend who had just come from prison after serving 20 year stint in the shoe.
The rap star was shot together with that friend and his nephew who had accompanied him on the mission. But let me roll it back for a second;
Ermias Joseph Asghedom was born in August 15, 1985, and professionally known as Nipsey Hussle often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le. He was an African American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and community activist from Los Angeles, California.
Emerging from the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, Hussle initially became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the last of which rapper Jay-Z bought 100 copies of for $100 each.
After much delay, his debut studio album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success, and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.
On March 31, 2019, Hussle was fatally shot outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. Eric Holder, a 29-year-old-man who had confronted Hussle earlier in the day, was arrested and charged with murder on April 2, 2019.
Asghedom was raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles. He was of African American and Eritrean descent.
Hussle joined the local Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips gang. His stage name, a play on the name of comic Nipsey Russell, originated as a nickname, given to Asghedom by a friend while in his teens.
When asked about his background during an interview, Asghedom said,
“I was raised in L.A. by my mom, you know my mom’s family is Black American. I always knew my heritage from my dad but I never met my family. My dad was the only one in America—everybody else was back home. So when I went out there [Eritrea] it educated me to the other side”.
His three month visit to Eritrea in 2004 inspired him to become a community activist with an entrepreneurial spirit.
In 2005, Hussle released his first mixtape, titled Slauson Boy Volume 1, which soon became the name of his own record label. In 2008 Hussle released two mixtapes, Bullets Ain’t Got No Name, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, after signing with Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records.
In 2009, he released his debut single, “Hussle in the House”. Later that year, Nipsey released a third mixtape Bullets Ain’t Got No Name, Vol. 3. He then collaborated with Drake on the song “Killer”, and also appeared, along with Snoop Dogg and Problem, on the song “Upside Down”, which featured in Snoop Dogg’s 2009’s album Malice n Wonderland.
In 2010, Hussle appeared in the song “We Are the World 25 for Haiti.” He was ranked in 2010 by XXL Magazine as one of its “Annual Freshman Top Ten”, a selection of ten up-and-coming artists. XXL labeled him “Most Determined” of his class, and LA Weekly called him the “next big L.A. MC”.
Hussle was expected to release his debut album, South Central State of Mind, in October 2010. Prior to release, the album was supported by the single “Feelin’ Myself” featuring Lloyd.
While the production was set to be handled from J.R. Rotem, Scott Storch, Mr. Lee, Play-N-Skillz, Terrace Martin and 1500 or Nothin’, the album was set to be featured with the guest appearances from Trey Songz, Jay Rock and Sean Kingston.
Concurrently, he announced that he planned on releasing a mixtape with fellow rapper Jay Rock, titled Red and Blue Make Green. Following the release of a music video for “Feelin’ Myself”, the album was set for a December 21, 2010, release; however, both of these projects were eventually postponed indefinitely.
After going through trouble with Epic Records, Hussle was released from the label in late 2010. After his release, he went on to found his own record label, All Money In.
On December 21, 2010, he released his first All Money In Records mixtape, titled The Marathon, which features guest appearances from Kokane and MGMT. On November 1, 2011, Hussle released a sequel titled The Marathon Continues, which features L.A. rappers YG and Dom Kennedy.
On April 17, 2012, Hussle released a collaborative album with a fellow rapper Blanco, titled Raw. The album features guest appearances from YG, Mistah FAB, Yukmouth, B-Legit, Kokane and Freeway.
In May 2012, he released a single “Proud of That”, which features guest vocals from Rick Ross. He was also featured on MMG’s song “Fountain of Youth”, which appears on the label’s second album Self Made Vol. 2.
The music video was released on October 1, 2012. In December 2012, Hussle hinted at signing with Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros. Records, however saying that he would still be looking for the right label.
Hussle said that he would be releasing his third and final installment of The Marathon mixtape series with TM3: Victory Lap in 2013, after it was pushed back from its initial December 2012 release date.
He also announced that he was planning on releasing a mixtape with a fellow West Coast rapper and frequent collaborator YG. Hussle performed at the 2013 Paid Dues festival on March 30, 2013 in California.
After deciding against signing to a major label, due to a lack of creative freedom, he choose to make Victory Lap his debut album.
Starting in 2013, he released various songs from Crenshaw, including the 9th Wonder produced track “Face the World”, and a The Futuristics and 1500 or Nothin’ produced track “Blessings”.
On August 6, 2013, Hussle announced that Victory Lap would now be released as an album, rather than a mixtape. On September 16, 2013, Hussle announced that he would be releasing his new mixtape Crenshaw (hosted by DJ Drama), on October 8, 2013.
On September 24, 2013, he revealed the track list for Crenshaw, which contained guest appearances from Rick Ross, Dom Kennedy, Slim Thug, James Fauntleroy II, Z-Ro, Skeme and Sade, among others.
The production on the mixtape was handled by The Futuristics, 1500 or Nothin’, 9th Wonder, Mike Free, Ralo and Jiggy Hendrix, among others. He also released the “Crenshaw” documentary that day in promotion of the mixtape.
On October 3, 2013, he released another trailer for the mixtape, also revealing 1,000 hard copies of the mixtape would be sold for $100 each. He reportedly sold out all 1,000 copies in less than 24 hours, effectively making $100,000.
Upon the release of Crenshaw, Hussle said that Victory Lap would be released in 2014. On November 20, 2013, Hussle confirmed that Victory Lap would feature the production from Ralo, 1500 or Nothin’, The Futuristiks and DJ Mustard.
He later confirmed more producers, including Don Cannon and DJ Khalil on the album.
In 2016, he released another mixtape, titled Famous Lies and Unpopular Truth. He commented on the 2016 US presidential election by releasing the single “FDT” (“Fvck Donald Trump”) with YG; the song was written about Hussle’s positive experiences with Mexican immigrants in the United States, whom Trump had criticized.
On February 16, 2018, Hussle released his debut studio album Victory Lap.
In 2007, Hussle played a small role in Bone Thugs-n-Harmony’s semi-autobiographical film I Tried, which was directed by Rich Newey. In 2010, he starred in the film Caged Animal, alongside Ving Rhames, Gillie Da Kid and Robert Patrick.
In 2015, Hussle was featured in a cameo “The Sexy Getting Ready Song” in the pilot episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, rapping two bars before abruptly stopping and commenting on Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom)’s long grooming routine as “some nasty-ass patriarchal bullshit.
You know what? I gotta go apologize to some bitches. I’m forever changed after what I just seen.
In October 2016, Steve Carless, the head of The Marathon Agency, founded with business partners Karen Civil and Jorge Peniche, revealed that Nipsey had invested “like over six figures in the company” and described him as “kind of like our silent partner.”
On June 17, 2017, Nipsey inaugurated the “Marathon Clothing” store, which he founded along with partners Carless, Civil, and his brother Samiel Asghedom.
Nipsey Hussle gave jobs to his community in his company, he was also working in collaboration with other partners to help members of his community get access to opportunities to invest for their futures.
Nipsey will especially be remembered even for making deals around his community with real estate players to help his community members have stalls they can start their business from and get a chance at making it like he did.
His community holds him supreme for helping cub insecurity and violence in the streets and for helping to ensure that the youth found meaningful ways to find fulfilment in life and success.
He was a motivator, a builder, a negotiator and a bridge builder for his people. Many people only talk of doing these things, Nipsey Hussle actually did them and without even getting into more details, when you go down to his hood, you can tell Nipsey was here, lived here!
Nipsey was so appreciated in his community that he could pull up into the hood with all his million dollar jewellery on and no one would dare take anything from him.
He has started to expand his vision to touch even neighbouring communities because of the reach of his music. He had started influencing America with his midas touch in motivation and leadership.
Anyone who sat down with Nipsey knows he knew Hip Hop and he used to say if he does not know anything else, he knows Hip Hop and what it can do for his people!
Nipsey hussle led by example ensuring even as fame came, he was strong on the family front, he had his family set up to live well, he was engaged to his fiancee Lauren London and they had a daughter together a daughter he loved to death.
The rapper is now gone but one thing we will never forget is his hussle, he grinded his entire life, no offs, no excuses and always said actions speak volumes so instead of talking just do.
Nipsey was a king. He was a legend in the making now promoted. He was vicious in his goals. He collected friendships from young and old, he made sure if you met him he shook your hand first before he said anything else!
He even shook his killer’s hand before the killer could get a chance to shoot him. That was Nipsey. He was a leader, he followed a code, he believed in protocol, he believed in rules and if you broke them he believed in punishment!
That is why his killer hated him because he knew he was a wall he could not tare down in any other way. If Nipsey said it was this way, then that is how it was going to be regardless of what anyone else says.
He commanded respect in the streets, the streets understood him, they saw his vision and knew he was going to be their leader one day. The rapper is now gone but his spirit lives on.
LONG LIVE NIPSEY HUSSLE> WE WILL FOREVER REMEMBER YOU> WE WILL FOREVER SHINE YOUR LIFE.
According to police sources, on March 31, 2019, the late Nipsey Hussle was shot multiple times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles at about 3:25 p.m. Hussle was hit five times in the torso and once in the head. Two others were wounded in the shooting.
All three victims were transported to a hospital, where Hussle was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. He was 33 years old. Upon hearing the news, numerous celebrities offered their condolences on social media.
Police have identified 29-year-old Eric Holder as a suspect. Investigators believe Holder was known to the rapper and that the shooting was possibly motivated by a personal matter. On April 2, 2019, Holder was apprehended by members of the Los Angeles Police Department.
In March, Hussle had contacted officials from the LAPD to arrange a meeting with him and Roc Nation about what they could do to help prevent gang violence in South Los Angeles.
The meeting had been scheduled to take place on April 1, 2019. Hussle was murdered the day before. According to Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, the meeting will still take place at a future date, in Hussle’s honor.