A Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur, community activist, and father of two; Nipsey Hussle carried many titles in the entertainment industry and on March 31st, he left this Earth as a soldier. Born on August 15, 1985, Hussle grew up in Crenshaw Los Angeles, a community that exposed him to violence and gang affiliation during the ’90s. He eventually became a member of the local Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crisps gang, which influenced his creativity in music. Just at the age of 20, Hussle dropped his first mixtape called Slauson Boy Volume 1. He started selling his mixtape out of the trunk of his car on the parking in the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw, today he owns half the business surrounding the parking and ended up being where his life was taken from him.
Throughout his music career, Hussle released several mixtapes, made XXL Freshmen 10 list in 2010, found his own label, released a single titled, ‘Fuck Donald Trump’, and was nominated for a Grammy for his debut album ‘Victory Lap.’
In 2013, Hussle released his new mixtape ‘Crenshaw’, along with a promotional documentary, and a trailer revealing that hard copies are limited to 1,000 and being sold for $100 each copy. He sold out within 24 hours making $100,000. Aside from his music career, he was also an inspiration for the youth in his community. Hussle co-founded a science-and-tech-focused center for underprivileged youth within in his neighborhood, invested in the 50th Street Elementary School. He gave shoes to all the students and also renovated the basketball courts and playground.
Hussle believed in leaving behind financial stability for children and a legacy for their future. “We playing the long game. We don’t want the money to stop when we go. When we can’t work no more. We want it to outlive us, we want it to be generational,” he explains in a past interview with Foxx 11. He owned several businesses in the area, including a restaurant, a barbershop, and a seafood market.
Nipsey Hussle is survived by his two children and girlfriend of five years, and mother of his son, Lauren London. “I know in my heart that it’s a higher power and a higher value to what we can do,” the rapper told Complex. “The times we do it right and it connects and it has that effect on people; that’s really, really fulfilling.”