In response to news of his death on Sunday, Nipsey Hussle’s fans, friends, and peers took to social media to remember the rapper, who was reportedly shot and killed outside his clothing store in Los Angeles at the age of 33. NBC News was the first to confirm his death following reports of a shooting that wounded the rapper and two others.
Following the success of several mixtapes, including The Marathon, The Marathon Continues, and Crenshaw (Jay-Z famously bought 100 copies of 2013’s Crenshaw at $100 each as a sign of support), Hussle’s debut album Victory Lap was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammys. Longtime partner to The Game actress Lauren London, the pair recently gave a rare interview to GQ. “The artist part of me always wants to be appreciated,” he said at the time. “I read every review. But I never wanted to seek validation by awards or anything controlled by politics.” On Sunday, SZA, Vince Staples, 21 Savage, and many others reflected on his life and music, which was still very much in progress at the time of his death, according to his would-be collaborators.
LAPD commissioner Steve Soboroff also shared that he and LAPD Chief Michael Moore were set to meet with Hussle on Monday to discuss initiatives to prevent gang violence. And, according to John Legend, he and Hussle had filmed a music video together in Inglewood for an upcoming song with DJ Khaled as recently as last Thursday.
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
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
— Questlove (In E flat) (@questlove) April 1, 2019
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
heartbroken and speechless
god bless your beautiful family
just spoke about working…
a community legend. a humble king… forreal. ah this don’t feel real. wow.
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 1, 2019
Real one after real one smh R.I.P Nipsey the solid morals you stood on and your legacy will last 4L!!
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) April 1, 2019
I am 💔 that Nipsey Hussle has died. Beyond the amazing community work & loving family he left behind, he had truly come into his own as 1 of the greats in the game w/ his last album.
His death leaves a void in the culture musically & spiritually that will be very hard to fill
— RosenbergTelevision (@Rosenbergradio) April 1, 2019