Nipsey Hussle dies at 33 in the streets to which he dedicated his life

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Californian rapper Nipsey Hussle was murdered on Sunday, March 31, in front of his store in South Los Angeles. Here the details

Nipsey Hussle dies at 33 in the streets to which he dedicated his life

Yesterday afternoon, TMZ reported shooting outside the Marathon Clothing store belonging to rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. A while later, NBC News reported and confirmed the death of the rapper due to multiple shots. Hussle was with some people in front of his store when a stranger, who according to the police is a black man of about 20 to 30 years, opened fire. After the shooting, the suspect fled in a vehicle. In addition to Hussle's death, two other people were injured. It is believed that this death is related to some gang mess.

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Who was Nipsey Hussle?

Nipsey Hussle was a rapper from Los Angeles, California. He was born and raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles, a neighborhood that gives the name to one of his projects. Hussle emerged from rap on the West Coast in the mid-2000s and became famous for his mixtapes. Among the best known is the series of Bullets Ain't Got No Name that recorded between 2008 and 2010 and whose title today seems prophetic. In 2010, he left Epic Records and founded his own label, All Money In. With her, he recorded his next mixtapes, which continued to make his way into the scene of Californian hip hop: The Marathon and The Marathon Continues. Later, in 2013, Hussle would launch Crenshaw, his eighth mixtape, with which he would already win a great recognition. Crenshaw was launched as a free internet download, but the rapper also wanted to sell 1,000 copies for $ 100 each. An impressed Jay-Z, then, acquired 100 of the 1,000 copies, which made it clear that Hussle would be great. Last year Hussle released Victory Lap, his debut album, which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.

In addition to his music, Nipsey Hussle was recognized for the work he did for his community. Marathon Clothing, the store in whose parking lot was murdered, gave jobs to people in their neighborhood and gave another face to those streets. He also founded Vector90, a shared workspace in Crenshaw for young professionals. He was also a member of other projects in his neighborhood that sought to change the atmosphere of these violent streets. Says Craig Jenkins, music journalist, that many rappers claim to love the neighborhood they come from, but that few like Nipsey Hussle convert the money they earn with their music into investments in those neighborhoods.

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You do not have to be naive, of course. Nipsey Hussle was a human being and was not perfect. Sometimes in his letters, he denounced injustices, but he was also an agent of others. To respect him now, after his death, we must listen to his music with attention and take it seriously, not idealize it. As Jenkins also says in the profile he wrote about his life and death, " His good ideas do not make his bad ideas less acceptable, his bad ideas do not make his death less tragic."

Reactions to his death

Many celebrities today lament the death of Nipsey Hussle. Not only because of the loss of an artist and a figure within rap, but also because of the violence that still exists today in the south of Los Angeles, despite the rapper's efforts to change its context. Several athletes and musicians mourn the death of this fan of the Lakers who died on the streets trying to change the victim of what everyone calls the 'gun violence.' Nipsey Hussle leaves two children and a wife, Lauren London, who was also involved in their endeavors.




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