The hip hop community mourns the passing of the Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle who was shot dead outside his Los Angeles clothing store, at age 33 on the 31st of March 2019.
Two other people were wounded during the shooting outside Nipsey Hussle Marathon Clothing in south Los Angeles.
Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, grew up in south Los Angeles and was in the Rollin’ 60s street gang when he was a teenager. He later became a community organiser, and was involved with the Destination Crenshaw arts project.
Nipsey Hussle’s album Victory Lap received a nomination for best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards. The album, which was released on the 16th February 2018 through All Money In No Money Out and Atlantic Records, was the rapper’s first major commercial release after releasing a string of mixtapes for 13 years.
The rapper was working on a documentary documenting the late DR. Sebi who was a Honduran herbalist and self-proclaimed healer. Dr. Sebi was famed to cure all disease with herbs and a unique vegan diet based on various pseudoscience claims. His diet was based on the discredited alkaline diet. His beliefs on the origin of disease denied germ theory and taught that HIV is not the cause of AIDS, and factored in faux-Afrocentric claims about the unique genetic characteristics of Africans and its diaspora. Nipsey Hussle felt like more light needed to be shed on Dr. Sebi and the fact that Dr. Sebi took his case of having a cure for AIDS to the Supreme Court and won. Nipsey believes that Dr. Sebi was killed in fear that his message would spread to the level of affecting the pharmaceutical industry’s capital gain. There is no exact release date for this upcoming documentary yet, but people are already talking. Joe Budden (retired rapper and media personal) even opened the floor for it to be spoken about on his REVOLT show “State of The Culture”.
The rapper was reportedly shot six times, five in the body and one in the head military style in and out, said Rizza one of the fans speaking on the situation at the incident scene.
Celebrities like Drake, Snoop Doog, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna and more took it to social media platforms to pass their condolences and respect to the late legend rapper / activist Nipsy Hussle.
REST IN POWER NIPSEY YOU WILL BE MISSED.