We all woke up to the sad news about the death of Nipsey Hussle. However, we realised not everyone knew who he was and those who really knew him were just the die-hard hip-hop lovers.
Nipsey Hussle who was born as Ermias Davidson Asghedom on 15 August 1985 is an Eritrean-American rapper and songwriter. He was shot and killed outside his store, Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles yesterday, 31st March 2019.
Below are some interesting facts about Nipsey Hussle:
1. Nipsey Hussle used to be in a Gang
Nipsey was a member of a Los Angeles based black street gang, Rollin 60s Neighbourhood Crips. He joined the gang in order to earn money for a living and also get capital to start up his studio. Nipsey left the gang after he became a well-known rapper.
2. He was in a relationship with Lauren London.
Nipsey and Lauren London started dating in 2013. The two welcomed their first child, Kross Asghedom on 31st August 2016.
3. Jay-Z Bought 100 Copies of One of His Tapes
In 2013, Nipsey Hussle released his eighth official mixtape, Crenshaw which he put up for free online. Jay-Z bought 100 copies of the mixtape for $100 for each totalling $10,000 for Nipsey.
4. He released four mixtapes before his first album
Nipsey was known mostly for releasing mixtapes. The mixtapes are The Marathon (2010), The Marathon Continues (2011), Crenshaw (2013) and Mailbox Money (2014).
5. He released his first studio album last year.
Nipsey Hussle released his first studio album, Victory Lap on 16 February 2018.
6. He is a Grammy Award Nominee
Nipsey was nominated for the Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.
7. Nipsey collaborated with some big name rappers.
He worked with the likes of Drake Snoop Dogg, YG, and Busta Rhymes.
8. He Co-Owns a Brand Consulting Agency
Nipsey is co-owner of a brand consulting agency, Marathon Agency which seeks to advance the position of clients in the American Entertainment Industry. He co-owned the agency with Jorge Peniche, Steve ‘Steve-O’ Carless and Karen Civil. The Agency was launched in 2016.
9. He Starred in a Movie
In 2010, Nipsey starred in the movie Caged Animal. He played the role of Ricky, son of a crime kingpin.
10. He Was an Artist for Haiti
Nipsey was part of the group, Artists for Haiti which was formed in 2010 to raise funds and awareness for the people of Haiti after the earthquake. He was part of the musicians who recorded the remake of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie song “We Are The World”.
RIP Nipsey Hussle.