Nipsey Hussle. One of the more lyrical rappers that stayed away from the “lit” or mainstream, druggie, dope fiend rappers we know today. Definitely a rapper you would place in the conversation with J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and/or many other lyrical rappers (music wise). What some, or most people didn’t see, was what he was doing behind the scenes of making rap music. Hussle was a big investor in his community, giving back in every way he could. According to Thisisinsider.com, Hussle said, “Growing up as a kid, I was looking for somebody that cared”. He made sure he was the one to change that around, letting kids know that he cares for them. (Research links below).
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed by a man named Eric Holder, someone he knew, according to CNN.com. It was reported that Hussle and Holder had multiple conversations before the shooting which may have been arguments, disagreements, a bad past or anything that caused a gun to be involved. Once returning to Hussle’s place of business (The Marathon) for the last time, Holder murdered Hussle and injured two other men. Didn’t think things would get even more sad? Well, you thought wrong. Hussle planned to meet with the LAPD to discuss gang violence the next day!
The next night, more than about 250 people attended the candlelight memorial that was held outside The Marathon parking lot where Hussle was murdered. Things took a turn for the worse as chaos broke out due to alleged gunshots being fired.
A few days later, Hussle’s grandmother spoke to media platforms saying, “I hope these young people will get the message”, aiming to wake up young people blinded by the dangers of gang life. In fact, they did. Complex.com reported that gang leaders of the Los Angeles area got together and discussed unity. Over 13 gangs got together in hopes to start a bigger, brighter, better future for Los Angeles.
UPDATE: Nipsey Hussle’s funeral service will be held at the Los Angeles Staples Center on Thursday, April 11th, 2019 according to TMZ.
Nipsey’s death still seems a little unreal to me. A person that was trying to do some good for his community gets shot down, killing his shine. But, I think everything that came out of his death from the different gangs coming together to discuss unity and spreading awareness across world; this is everything he could’ve ever wanted. Rest in Heaven, Nipsey! Your work isn’t over. See you soon.