The music world is in mourning after news broke that Nipsey Hussle died after being one of three people shot in front of his Marathon store in LA. As news of the shooting broke, his industry friends and peers sent prayers up on Twitter for the 33-year-old, and there have been more tweets since the rapper was pronounced dead. Rappers such as Chance The Rapper, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Lupe Fiasco and more have paid their respects to the father of two.
Nipsey was a beloved figure in the rap world because of his inspirational music, entrepreneurial spirit and focus on the community. He had been involved in helping formerly incarcerated people, helping the youth learn to code, and other efforts of activism in the LA area. He was on an undoubtedly positive path, which makes news of his shooting death jarring and especially tragic.
In recent years, Nipsey downplayed any gang connections and focused on his role as an entertainer, businessman and philanthropist. He had become an independent maven who marketed and sold his album in ingenious manners before signing to Atlantic Records in 2017 for the release of his Victory Lap album. The album was nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy earlier this year.
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Sad to see you go Nip, I’m only finding peace in knowing you are blessed. As you know, I was honored to share in such an amazing year with you musically. We spoke abt how they let the “real ones” in the building and how the Grammys “got it right” this time. I would gauge everyone’s music credibility based on if they mentioned you. “Don’t pair me or compare me, unless the said party is a rare breed…” – self You definitely are a rare breed and I thank you for being genuine to me and in your mission to empower your people…Always love.