The grammy-nominated Rapper, Nipsey Hussle was shot to death outside his clothing store in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department confirms.
Along with the 33-year old Hussle, two other men were shot. All three were rushed to the hospital, and only two of the three were stable upon arriving. Police says that another man was seen rushing away from the scene in a vehicle.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a tweet, “Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply each time a young life is lost to senseless gun violence. My Crisis Response Team is assisting the families coping with shock and grief.”
Garcetti’s Crisis Response Team confirmed the news on Sunday night, saying, “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle,” and that, “our prayers are with them and all those who knew and loved Nipsey Hussle.”
Earlier before his death, Hussle tweeted out “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
Reports says that shooting happened at around 3:20 p.m in the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, South California. Moreover, it is also reported that the shooting happened just outside the rapper’s clothing store, Marathon Clothing at 3420 W. Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, police still have no further information regarding Hussle’s shooter and still remains at large.
Nipsey Hussle often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le is formally known as Ermias Davidson Asghedom. He’s famous for his West Coast-inspired mixtapes such as Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw.
Moreover, his 2013 success with his “Crenshaw” mixtape which sold more than a thousand cassettes at $100 each led to the rapper touring and performing across the country. During his music career, he worked with established artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, YG, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill, and Young Thug, among others.
In 2018, his critically acclaimed debut studio album, Victory Lap, which was released in February that year, was nominated in the 61st Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album. lost the Grammy to Cardi B.
Hussle founded his own record label which his studio album was released from, All Money In No Money Out Records. Along with that, he also has other ventures such as Marathon Clothing, The Marathon Agency, SC Commercial Ventures, and Proud 2 Pay.
However, the California-raised rapper was also deeply involved in California’s notorious gangs. His Facebook says Hussle was “a devout member of the Rolling Sixty Crips,” a national street gang that was founded in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s.
“I grew up in gang culture,” he told the LA Times in 2018. “We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”
What the New York Times says about California Gangs:No place seemed to epitomize the “gangsta” lifestyle more than Los Angeles, with television and movie portrayals of mostly black and Hispanic gang members transforming Southern California’s laid-back image into one of racialized terror.
There was a reality behind the representation, of course — desperate young people who sometimes caused great harm to others and to themselves, and who might have been only dimly aware of the larger forces pushing them: deindustrialization and globalization disrupting blue-collar paths toward the middle class; the interwoven interests and cynicism of the war on drugs that set many young minority men up to fail; the racial tensions between the police and urban residents.
In relation, Steve Soboroff, president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, tweeted late Sunday that he and Chief of Police Michel Moore were to meet Monday with Hussle and entertainment company Roc Nation, “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad.”
Earlier, Roc Nation tweeted, “Our hearts are heavy over the loss of our brother, Nipsey Hussle. Rest In Peace. Our thoughts, love and prayers to his family and friends.”
Hussle had a 2-year old son and a daughter with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London.