Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom on August 15, 1985, to an Eritrean father and an African-American mother, the 33-year-old rapper was fatally shot multiple times in front of his Marathon Clothing store at 3420 W. Slauson Ave. in South Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. He is survived by a daughter from a previous relationship and a son with whom he had with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London.
The gunman also shot two other people who were subsequently hospitalized. He, however, remains at large, according to law enforcement officials.
Prior to his unfortunate demise, the Crenshaw rapper, together with Jay-Z’s Rocnation imprint were scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff on Monday to discuss gang violence and ways he could help stop it.
We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting , at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad https://t.co/rcGtvw9c6L
— Steve Soboroff (@SteveSoboroff) April 1, 2019
Riding off the buzz from his Grammy-nominated first studio album Victory Lap which was released last year, the Crenshaw rapper was tipped to have a stellar 2019 after being underground and independent for so long, releasing 12 critically acclaimed mixtapes along the way.
Though he may be gone, these 5 major contributions and initiatives he championed will forever immortalize his name.
Outside music, the rapper was widely known for his philanthropic works and entrepreneurial savviness, owning several businesses along the block he was shot, including his Marathon Clothing store, a burger restaurant, a barbershop and a fish market, the LA Times reports. He also never stopped short of empowering the youth through various community outreach programs and helping residents in need whenever he could.
“The man was instrumental in a lot of stuff. Fighting gentrification, trying to stop gang violence,” Malik Spellman, a community activist told the LA Times. “The facts are he was a good person.”
Nipsey, together with Ghanaian-American tech genius Iddris Sandu, in a bid to encourage the study of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools and at higher levels transformed an abandoned storefront in Los Angeles into the Marathon Clothing Store in 2017.
The smart store offers exclusive music and other content to customers who have downloaded an app, said The New York Times.
The store leverages Iddris’ tech and design background and Nipsey’s cultural influences, sparking the interests of many journalists as well as hip hop and cultural icons like Russell Westbrook, Vegas Jones of Roc Nation, among others.
Alongside a business partner, Nipsey purchased the plaza his Marathon clothing store runs in a multi-million dollar deal in February with plans of building an apartment complex on the property, according to Forbes.
“Before we was renting here, I was hustling in this parking lot. It’s just always been a hub for local entrepreneurs,” he told Forbes.
“Within 18 months or so, they’ll knock everything down and rebuild it as a six-story residential building atop a commercial plaza where a revamped Marathon store will be the anchor tenant,” he added.
The rapper, in partnership with the district 8 Los Angeles City Council established Vector90, a CoWorking Space, Cultural Hub and Incubator in South Central LA providing support and mentorship for start-ups, workshops, among other services.
Nipsey was all about his community, investing in Vector 90, a co-working space in South Central LA for entrepreneurs and place for young people to take classes in STEM. Please take a moment to watch this. His legacy. pic.twitter.com/OnrPS3cZeQ
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 1, 2019
In 2017, the rapper ventured into cryptocurrency after investing in cryptocurrency app Follow Coin.
Proud To Announce my new Tech Venture "FOLLOW COIN"
we are going live on Aug 23rd 2017!!!
Info here: https://t.co/5JOt4Ylvte
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) August 20, 2017