R.I.P. To Grammy-Nominated Rap Artist, Entrepreneur & Community Philanthropist Nipsey Hussle!

“May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!”~Psalm 29:11

 

 Ermias Davidson Asghedom (Nipsey Hussle)

Los Angeles rapper-Entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed on March 31st, 2019 at just 33 years old.  It was by his clothing store front, which was in the same neighborhood he grew up in.  He was making smart money decisions by buying back his inner-city block. Nipsey Hussle was widely respected in the hip hop world, not just for his musical contributions but for the hustle ethic personified in his chosen stage name. He overcame the obstacles of an unforgiving environment make famous by generations of West Coast rap legends, to become one of the most beloved and inspirational figures within the culture.

According to IMDb.com, he founded the record label All Money In, which he debuted with the release of “The Marathon,” the rapper’s fifth official mixtape. His 2013 “Crenshaw” release sold more than 1,000 cassettes each priced at $100, according to his Press Atlantic Records biography.

The next year, he performed across the country in his Crenshaw Tour.

Hussle teamed up with dozens of successful artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, YG, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill and Young Thug.

He made moves outside the music industry, too. Last year he launched the first Marathon Clothing smart store at 3420 W. Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. He also owned The Marathon Agency, SC Commercial Ventures, Proud 2 Pay and All Money In No Money Out Records, according to Press Atlantic Records.

Putting a Stop To Gang Violence

Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who represents the southern part of the city, released a statement Sunday night saying his district mourned the loss of Hussle.

“Ermias Asghedom, known to us as the hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, was a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many,” Ridley-Thomas said, urging his district to stay calm and reflect on the tragedy. “Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found.”

Hussle had been scheduled to meet with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LAPD Chief Michael Moore on Monday to discuss ways to stop gang violence, Soboroff said on Twitter.

Hussle made a strong impact on his community and others.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

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