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Who actually is 33-year-old rapper Nipsey Hussle who was shot dead in LA?

April 01, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Entertainment

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

April 01, 2019 at 05:00 pm | Entertainment

Photo via @nipseyhussle on Instagram

News of the death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle on Sunday shook the entire hip-hop and entertainment community with several tributes pouring in.

Born Ermias Davidson Asghedom on August 15, 1985, to an Eritrean father and an African-American mother, the 33-year-old was fatally shot multiple times in front of his Marathon Clothing store at 3420 W. Slauson Ave. in South Los Angeles, according to the LA Times. He is survived by a daughter from a previous relationship and a son with whom he has with his girlfriend, actress Lauren London.

The gunman also shot two other people who were subsequently hospitalized. He, however, remains at large, according to law enforcement officials.

Nipsey had a rough childhood growing up as a member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang in South LA but he managed to rise up above all obstacles to having a very successful rap career.

In what was his last post on Twitter on Sunday before his unfortunate demise, the rapper shared how having strong enemies was actually a blessing.

Riding off the buzz from his Grammy-nominated first studio album Victory Lap which was released last year, the Slauson rapper was tipped to have a stellar 2019 after being underground and independent for so long, releasing 12 critically acclaimed mixtapes along the way.

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.

“The man was instrumental in a lot of stuff. Fighting gentrification, trying to stop gang violence,” Malik Spellman, a community activist told the LA Times. “The facts are he was a good person.”

Below are some tributes from some celebrities in honour of the slain rapper:

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Shake back Cuzz…. We need you… 🙏🏽#PrayersUP4Nip

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Rolled down my window 12 years ago on Crenshaw & Slauson as you handed me your demo & said “Chuck, don’t frisbee my shit homie… give a young nigga a ear”. From that day to letting you open up for me on tour & us going around the world together, creating a bond & watching your growth to today…… Murdered my friend in front of his own store on a Sunday at that !!! After just talking to you on the phone just last night about the Dr. Sebi documentary, family, the kids & how we were both bout to f&$k the summer up with this music, the world loses a true king. A man that was truly about everything he spoke & stood up for all that he believed in. I keep seeing your name in these headlines bro, but it seems unreal to me…. like, I just cannot believe you gone !!!! I love you….. I’m really broken & saddened by the fact they did this to you SMMFH !!!!! I can only imagine what your family is going through right now… This was not how your life on earth was supposed to end !!!!!!!! They don’t even make friends like you no more…… @nipseyhussle 🙏🏾 & in LA, at his own store ?!?!? A store & business he put there for his people ?!?!? Los Angeles, how we let this happen ?!?!?!?!? I’m ashamed of you right now !!!!! Can’t even live out ya whole life in this city no more… this shit right here is just krazy to me !!!!!!!!!!!! #RestInPeaceNip can’t even fuckin believe it’s actually your name attached to all these REST IN PEACE posts !!!!! SMFH

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