Nipsey Hussle has died after being shot multiple times while outside his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles.
Nipsey Hussle was born Ermias Asghedom in 1985. Raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles, Nipsey left his parents’ home at age 14, living with his grandmother and joining the Rollin’ 60s, a subset of the Crip gang. He began releasing music in 2005, putting out a series of mixtapes that earned him attention from other notable artists. He released a collaboration with Drake (“Killer”) in 2009 and appeared on Snoop Dogg’s Malice in Wonderland album the following year. After a brief record deal with Cinematic Music Group/Epic proved unfruitful, Nipsey founded his own label, All Music In. He would continue with a streak of mixtapes and feature appearances throughout the next decade, working with artists including YG, Rick Ross, 9th Wonder, and many more. Two other people were injured in the shooting around 3:20 p.m., according to the department. The incident occurred near a clothing store around the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard. All three victims were transported to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, according to police. The other two were in stable condition, police added.
The rapper’s last message on Twitter read: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, grew up in South Los Angeles and was in the Rollin’ 60s street gang when he was teenager. He later became a community organiser, and was involved with the Destination Crenshaw arts project. He made moves outside the music industry, too. Last year he launched the first Marathon Clothing smart store at 3420 W. Slauson Ave. in Los Angeles. He also owns The Marathon Agency, SC Commercial Ventures, Proud 2 Pay and All Money In No Money Out Records.