The rapper and respected industry disruptor known as Nipsey Hussle has been shot dead in Los Angeles, in a shooting which wounded two other people.
The 33-year-old was shot a number of times and pronounced dead on arrival at an LA hospital.
The Grammy award nominee for his album Victory Lap – real name Ermias Davidson Asghedom – had been outside his own shop, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles when the fatal shooting happened.
Two other people were wounded in the shooting which killed the South LA native, reports the BBC.
Law enforcement sources have told TMZ police are looking for a black male in his twenties and a female suspect who allegedly drove the car the shooter departed the scene in after firing multiple shots.
The shooting is said to be gang related.
Tributes are already flooding the online realm for Asghedom, who grew up in South Los Angeles and was in the Rollin’ 60s street gang when he was teenager.
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Damn I wish my nigga @allmoneyinfats Was here! How u die at 30 somethin After Bangin all them years Grammy Nominated In tha Sauna shedding Tears All this Money Power Fame And I can’t make u re-appear But I don’t wipe um tho… We jus embrace tha only life we kno If it was me I’d tell u nigga live yo life and grow I’d tell u finish what we started Reach Them Heights U Kno? And gas tha V12 Till tha Piping Smoke
He later became a community organiser, and was involved with the Destination Crenshaw arts project, as well as opening a combination co-working space and STEM center in Crenshaw.
He told the LA Times:
Growing up as a kid, I was looking for somebody — not to give me anything — but somebody that cared. Someone that was creating the potential for change and that had an agenda outside of their own self interests.
The day before his death Asghedom tweeted a reference to his enemies, calling them a ‘blessing’:
Having strong enemies is a blessing.
— THA GREAT (@NipseyHussle) March 31, 2019
Asghedom is said to have had ties to the Crips, but has worked with other artists and known members of the Bloods over his ten-year music career.
The lyricist has also worked with other huge names in the industry, like Drake, Childish Gambino, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Young Thug, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Kirko Bangz, Dom Kennedy, Tyga, Jadakiss, Chamillionaire and others.
Asghedom is survived by his two children and his partner, Lauren London. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
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A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.