We’ve all heard the saddening news. On March 31st, 2019, South Central LA’s very own, Nipsey Hussle, was targeted and murdered in broad daylight. Since his passing, fans have shown tremendous love and honor towards him and his family. There has been so many tributes, memorials, and murals dedicated in his name. Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was well-known for his rap career and activism in his local community. Although he was successful in his career, he always established and maintained a presence in his neighborhood. He fought for the youth and against violence, both gun violence and gang violence. He always found a way to give back, whether it was his poetic-style messages planted within his lyrics or his need to give back to the youth and people from his community. His business ventures are proof that he walked in grace and manifested his dreams, as well as others. Some of his business ventures include but most certainly weren’t limited to:
His clothing line and flagship store, The Marathon Store.
He purchased the strip mall where The Marathon Store is located.
He owned a barbershop and fish market within the strip mall.
He owned the masters to his songs.
He opened a coworking space called Vector 90 to establish relationships between young talented people from poverty-stricken neighborhoods and technology.
He established a STEM center for the youth and teens downstairs at the coworking space. (This was his way to help the youth avoid any interest in gangs)
He invested in Amsterdam-based cryptocurrency – FollowCoin
He partnered with Puma which is expected to debut Fall 2019.
He partnered with Fatburger on Crenshaw & Slauson.
The Grammy-nominated artist and entrepreneur came from a family filled with love and joy. Everyone around him respected his moves, his mindset, his need to change the circumstances surrounding him and his community. Slain in the very parking lot of his strip mall and Marathon Store, Nipsey Hussle is remembered every single day. Sadly, his life was taken away but it didn’t take away from the legacy he left behind to his beautiful family. The mixture of love and grief for Nipsey and his family has been seen internationally. Fans even took to social media to share their love and send their condolences to Nipsey, his family, as well as Lauren London. Celebrities close to Nip and Lauren displayed tremendous amounts of tranquility.
At his memorial service, which was held in the Los Angeles Staples Center, Lauren London shared a private text message she sent Nip while he was sleeping next to her. Take a look at this emotional clip.
The King of Slauson left behind some black queens whose lives are forever altered due to gun violence– one of the very things Nipsey was against. Each lady in his life had a purpose, whether it is his mother, sister, auntie, or cousin. To be more specific, he left behind these ladies:
– Angelique Smith
– Lauren London
– Samantha Smith
– Tanisha Asghedom
– Emani Asghedom
Each of these women have all lost the same thing: family. A mother lost her son. A woman lost her fiancee, soulmate, and father of her youngest son. A sister lost her brother and superhero. A woman lost the father to her daughter. A daughter lost her father. Together, that makes them family. Gun violence and the minority experience is significant as it relates to numbers. Minorities are disproportionately affected by these same numbers. The media and social movements play a role in how news of gun violence is experienced across the nation. In the case of Nipsey, it is quite obvious the amount of positivity, love, and respect people have for him and vise versa. He loved where he came from and worked to help the people of that very community. Rival gangs including bloods, crips, and hoover affiliates even came together in unity and commemoration of Nip, walked along Crenshaw & Slauson, combining their flags, etc. This WAS big! Here’s footage of the “Unity Walk” below:
Nipsey Hussle’s legacy is bigger than rap. He was a philanthropist with dreams. His passing is still difficult to accept, for family, friends, and fans. It’s a cycle of gun violence that is repeatedly the common denominator for our now deceased black and brown brothers. The same day of his passing, Nipsey was scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Police Commissioner, Steve Soboroff, and LAPD’s Chief Michel Moore to further discuss his philanthropic efforts to combat gang violence in the South Central streets.
Now is the time we remember what Nipsey Hussle, The Ermias Joseph Asghedom, stood for and came from. His physical being may no longer be with us, but his soul will forever live on in the streets of Los Angeles. The Marathon Continues, King.