Veteran rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside of his own Marathon Clothing Company store in Los Angeles on Sunday. Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was just 33 years old.
Two others were also injured in the shooting, which occurred at approximately 3:20 p.m. local time in the 3400 block of Slauson Avenue in South L.A.’s Hyde Park, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told NBC News. The suspect or suspects remain at large, and the investigation is ongoing, as the LAPD have yet to detain anyone.
Hussle was transported from the scene of the shooting—his Marathon Clothing line’s flagship store—to a local hospital, where he was reportedly pronounced dead.
Hussle’s last tweet, posted within an hour of the shooting, referred vaguely to “strong enemies.”
Born in L.A. in 1985, Hussle began his prolific rap career in the mid-2000s, releasing numerous mixtapes over the years, beginning with 2005’s Slauson Boy Volume 1, and collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Rick Ross, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill, DJ Mustard and Young Thug. Hussle teamed up with his fellow L.A. native YG for 2016 protest single “FDT (F*** Donald Trump),” which we highlighted as one of that year’s best songs.
Hussle released his first and final studio album, Victory Lap, in February 2018, which featured collaborations with YG, Lamar, Cee-Lo Green and others. The acclaimed LP, released via Hussle’s own All Money In No Money Out label in partnership with Atlantic Records, debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200 and earned the rapper his first Grammy nomination, a nod for Best Rap Album.
In addition to his work with Marathon and All Money In No Money Out, Hussle owned multiple businesses, appeared in several small film and TV roles, and had recently launched Too Big to Fail, a STEM center benefitting local youth in Crenshaw, Calif., where he grew up.
Hussle is survived by his girlfriend, actress Lauren London, and his children, Kross and Emani.
Rest in paradise Nipsey Hussle
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