It’s been a little over a month since Los Angeles rapper and businessman Ermias Asghedom, better known as Nipsey Hussle, was shot and killed in front of his Marathon clothing store in the city’s Baldwin Park section. Since then, the community and the city at large have mourned their fallen son, both for the music he left behind and the good works he left incomplete with his death. It’s since become clear that, as an uncommon artist and man, Nipsey Hussle’s impact required much more than the usual set of tributes.
Not only did the Nipsey Hussle memorial service at Staples Center sell out the building and draw thousands of live streams from numerous sources, the procession that followed practically shut down all of South LA with well-wishers and revelers celebrating his life, memory, and musical legacy. The city’s notorious gangs even came together in mourning, paying the ultimate tribute to his passing by observing a citywide peace treaty that saw rival sets come together in fellowship after over forty years of feuding.
Hip-hop, in its way, has also honored the late, great Hussle in a number of ways, from touching social media posts to live show shout-outs. Those who knew Nipsey best even commemorated their friendships by doing what rappers are best known for outside of music: Buying blinged-out, custom chains that permanently engraved his image in their favorite accessories. Nipsey Hussle’s portrait might just be the new Jesus piece after this spring, but there were plenty of other ways the hip-hop community has honored him since his passing.