Ermias Davidson Asghedom — better known as rapper, businessman and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle — was killed Sunday, gunned down in front of his own Marathon Clothing Store in his hometown of Los Angeles. Two others were wounded. Hussle was 33 years old. Hussle is survived by his two children and girlfriend, the actor Lauren London. I spent 10 minutes staring at a blank Word document. Then wrote the above paragraph. In one afternoon Nipsey Hussle went from living the inspirational tale of how one man can ascend beyond the conditions of his childhood and become a pillar in his community to being shot to death by an assailant or assailants yet to be arrested.
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Tributes from fans, artists, politicians and athletes have poured in for rapper Nipsey Hussle since his death at 33 on Sunday after being gunned down in front of the clothing store he founded in Los Angeles. The hip-hop world is mourning his loss, while police continue to search for the shooter. Luminaries like John Legend and Pharrell Williams paid tribute to him on Sunday after hearing the tragic news. You were about something.. RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled.
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He won two posthumous Grammys in January , he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. Throughout the city, murals dedicated to Hussle have been painted , rival gangs have had peace talks and a group of men convene in a cross-country book club to discuss books recommended by the rapper. His music spoke volumes. It touched people in different ways. I was blessed to work with him. Holder has pleaded not guilty. Testimony released last year provided a detailed accounting of what led up to the killing, i ncluding a conversation between Hussle and Holder that discussed snitching. The year-old rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was an Eritrean-American father of two who was engaged to actress Lauren London.