Only a few weeks after his only studio album, Victory Lap, was up for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards, West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle (real name: Ermias Asghedom) has died at age 33, after being shot outside his South Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon Clothing, on Sunday afternoon.
Although Victory Lap, which debuted at No. 4 last year on the Billboard 200, was Hussle’s only official studio album, he was already a hip-hop legend, having released 12 hugely popular mixtapes over the past 13 years, including the Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues, and Crenshaw. In 2010, he was one of the XXL magazine’s “Annual Freshman Top Ten,” and the L.A. Weekly declared him the “next big L.A. MC.” Over the course of his career, Hussle collaborated with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Tyga, Rick Ross, Lloyd and Trey Songz, among many others.
Hussle also occasionally took on acting roles, appearing in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s semi-autobiographical 2007 film I Tried, 2010’s Caged Animal and the pilot episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in 2015. Hussle, who was born and raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South L.A., also worked as a local community organizer and was involved in the Destination Crenshaw arts project.
Only a couple hours before his death, Hussle tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.” As of this writing, the shooting suspect, who fled from the scene, remains at large and the attack is being investigated as a homicide. Two other victims of the shooting are reportedly receiving treatment and are in stable condition.
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Upon hearing of Hussle’s shocking death, many celebrities took to social media to mourn.
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! 💔🙏🏿
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
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.
A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Mar 31, 2019 at 5:26pm PDT
@nipseyhussle is a great man. Always positive and amazing vibes. Sending my prayers to his family and loved ones . You’re an inspiration to the whole world.
This so sad I can’t believe this . pic.twitter.com/8TO8Fxt82j
— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) April 1, 2019
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
MY HEART GOES OUT TO NIP N HIS FAM MAN , THIS MAN WAS ON THE RIGHT PATH AND DOING BETTER IN LIFE , N NIGGAS DO THIS EVIL SHIT, THIS GAME IS SO SHADY ITS DISGUSTING, RIP TO ONE OF THE ONLY REAL ONES LEFT @NipseyHussle 🙏🏽 SLEEP IN PEACE KING
— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) April 1, 2019
Me Spitta and Nip was all sleepin on couches when we linked up. This shit got me super sad.
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) April 1, 2019
REST IN PEACE NIPSEY HUSSLE
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) April 1, 2019
— Neon Future Aoki (@steveaoki) 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
What a damn tragedy. We have lost another brilliant black man to senseless gun violence. One of my favorite things in the world to do was tell people how much they were sleeping on Nipsey Hussle. He has inspired me so much as an artist. Salute young Nip. RIP. 🙏🏾
A post shared by Talib Kweli (@talibkweli) on Mar 31, 2019 at 5:23pm PDT
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