Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle would have turned 34 today.
Born Ermias Davidson Asghedom to an Eritrean father and an African-American mother, Nipsey was fatally shot in front of his Marathon Clothing store at 3420 W. Slauson Ave. in South Los Angeles on March 31. He is survived by a daughter from a previous relationship and a son with whom he has with actress Lauren London.
Neighborhood Nip, as he was affectionately known was on course to have a stellar year riding off the success of his 2018 Grammy-nominated Victory Lap album after being underground and independent for so long.
Outside music, the rapper was widely known for his philanthropic works and entrepreneurial savviness, owning several businesses along the block he was shot. He also never stopped short of empowering the youth through various community outreach programs and helping residents in need whenever he could.
Even through his music, Nipsey was known to be a “tell it all” rapper who never shied away from sharing his real-life experiences and how he was able to make it from nothing to something. This was what made him stand out not only as a talented lyricist, but also a source of inspiration for people who were/are trying to make it out of the system he once found himself in.
To celebrate his birthday and legacy, Face2Face Africa shares with you 10 of his motivational songs.
Scroll through to check them out in no particular order: