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Nipsey Hussle
Ermias Joseph Asghedom[1] (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known
Nipsey Hussle
professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an
American rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Emerging from
the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, Hussle initially became known
for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The
Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the last of which rapper
Jay-Z bought 100 copies of for $100 each.[2] After much delay, his debut studio
album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and
commercial success,[3][4][5][6] and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the
61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.[7]

On March 31, 2019, Hussle was fatally shot outside his store, Marathon
Clothing, in South Los Angeles.[8] Eric Holder, a 29-year-old-man who had
confronted Hussle earlier in the day, was arrested and charged with murder on
April 2, 2019.[9]

Hussle in 2011

Contents Background information

Early life
Birth name Ermias Joseph
Asghedom
Music career
2008–2010: Bullets Ain't Got No Name series Born August 15, 1985
2010–2013: Leaving Epic Records and The Marathon series Los Angeles,
2013–2019: Crenshaw and Victory Lap California, U.S.
Other ventures Died March 31, 2019
Acting career
(aged 33)
Personal life Los Angeles,
Death California, U.S.
Discography Genres Hip hop
Filmography
Occupation(s) Rapper ·
See also
songwriter
References
Instruments Vocals
External links
Years active 2005–2019
Labels All Money In ·
Early life Atlantic ·
Cinematic · Epic
Asghedom was born on August 15, 1985,[10] and raised in the Crenshaw
Associated acts Blanco · Dom
neighborhood of South Los Angeles.[11][12] He was of Eritrean and American
Kennedy · TeeFlii
descent.[10] When asked about his background during an interview, Asghedom
· YG · Mustard ·
stated, "I was raised in L.A. by my mom, you know my mom's family is black
The Game
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American. I always knew my heritage from my dad but I never met my family.
My dad was the only one in America - everybody else was back home. So when I went out there [Eritrea] it educated me to
the other side".[13] Hussle was also a member of the local Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips gang.[14] His stage name, a play
on the name of comic Nipsey Russell, originated as a nickname, given to Asghedom by a friend while in his teens.[15]

Music career

2008–2010: Bullets Ain't Got No Name series


In 2005, Hussle released his first mixtape, titled Slauson Boy Volume 1, which
soon became the name of his own record label.[16] In 2008 Hussle released two
mixtapes, Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2,[17] after signing with
Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records.[18][19] In 2009, he released his
debut single, "Hussle in the House". Later that year, Nipsey released a third
mixtape Bullets Ain't Got No Name, Vol. 3. He then collaborated with Drake on
the song "Killer",[20] and also appeared, along with Snoop Dogg and
Problem[21] on the song "Upside Down",[22] which featured on Snoop Dogg's
2009's album Malice n Wonderland.[23]

In 2010, Hussle appeared on the song "We Are the World 25 for Haiti",[24] and
Nipsey Hussle (left) with rapper Big was chosen to be the part as one of the XXL Magazine's "Annual Freshman
Sean in 2009 Top Ten", a selection of ten up-and-coming artists.[25] XXL labeled him "Most
Determined" of his class, and LA Weekly called him the "next big L.A.
MC".[26][27] Hussle was expected to release his debut album, South Central
State of Mind, in October 2010. Prior to release, the album was supported by the single "Feelin' Myself" featuring Lloyd.
While the production was set to be handled from J.R. Rotem, Scott Storch, Mr. Lee, Play-N-Skillz, Terrace Martin and
1500 or Nothin', the album was set to be featured with the guest appearances from Trey Songz, Jay Rock and Sean
Kingston. Concurrently, he announced that he planned on releasing a mixtape with fellow rapper Jay Rock, titled Red and
Blue Make Green.[28] Following the release of a music video for "Feelin' Myself", the album was set for a December 21,
2010, release; however, both of these projects were eventually postponed indefinitely.[29]

2010–2013: Leaving Epic Records and The Marathon series


After going through trouble with Epic Records, Hussle was released from the label in late 2010. After his release, he went
on to found his own record label, All Money In.[27][30] On December 21, 2010, he released his first All Money In Records
mixtape, titled The Marathon,[31] which features guest appearances from Kokane and MGMT.[32] On November 1, 2011,
Hussle released a sequel titled The Marathon Continues, which features L.A. rappers YG and Dom Kennedy.[33]

On April 17, 2012, Hussle released a collaborative album with a fellow rapper Blanco, titled Raw. The album features guest
appearances from YG, Mistah FAB, Yukmouth, B-Legit, Kokane and Freeway.[34] In May 2012, he released a single "Proud
of That", which features guest vocals from Rick Ross.[35] He was also featured on MMG's song "Fountain of Youth", which
appears on the label's second album Self Made Vol. 2.[36] The music video was released on October 1, 2012.[37] In
December 2012, Hussle hinted at signing with Maybach Music Group/Warner Bros. Records, however saying that he
would still be looking for the right label.[38]

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Hussle said that he would be releasing his third and final installment of The Marathon mixtape series with TM3: Victory
Lap in 2013, after it was pushed back from its initial December 2012 release date.[39] He also announced that he was
planning on releasing a mixtape with a fellow West Coast rapper and frequent collaborator YG.[40] Hussle performed at
the 2013 Paid Dues festival on March 30, 2013 in California.[41] After deciding against signing to a major label, due to a
lack of creative freedom, he choose to make Victory Lap his debut album.[42]

2013–2019: Crenshaw and Victory Lap


Starting in 2013, he released various songs from Crenshaw, including the 9th Wonder
produced track "Face the World", and a The Futuristics and 1500 or Nothin' produced
track "Blessings".[43] On August 6, 2013, Hussle announced that Victory Lap would
now be released as an album, rather than a mixtape.[44][45][46] On September 16, 2013,
Hussle announced that he would be releasing his new mixtape Crenshaw (hosted by DJ
Drama), on October 8, 2013.[47] On September 24, 2013, he revealed the track list for
Crenshaw, which contained guest appearances from Rick Ross, Dom Kennedy, Slim
Thug, James Fauntleroy II, Z-Ro, Skeme and Sade, among others. The production on
the mixtape was handled by The Futuristics, 1500 or Nothin', 9th Wonder, Mike Free,
Ralo and Jiggy Hendrix, among others. He also released the "Crenshaw" documentary
that day in promotion of the mixtape.[48] On October 3, 2013, he released another
trailer for the mixtape, also revealing 1,000 hard copies of the mixtape would be sold
for $100 each.[49][50] He reportedly sold out all 1,000 copies in less than 24 hours, Nipsey Hussle (front)
effectively making $100,000.[51] performing with TeeFlii in
December 2013
Upon the release of Crenshaw, Hussle said that Victory Lap would be released in
2014.[52] On November 20, 2013, Hussle confirmed that Victory Lap would feature the
production from Ralo, 1500 or Nothin', The Futuristiks and DJ Mustard.[53] He later confirmed more producers, including
Don Cannon and DJ Khalil on the album.[54]

In 2016, he released another mixtape, titled Famous Lies and Unpopular Truth.[55] He commented on the 2016 US
presidential election by releasing the single "FDT" ("Fuck Donald Trump") with YG; the song was written about Hussle's
positive experiences with Mexican immigrants in the United States, whom Trump had criticized.[56][57] On February 16,
2018, Hussle released his debut studio album Victory Lap.[58]

Other ventures
In October 2016, Steve Carless, the head of The Marathon Agency, founded with business partners Karen Civil and Jorge
Peniche, revealed to Billboard that Nipsey had invested "like over six figures in the company" and described him as "kind
of like our silent partner."[59]

On June 17, 2017, Nipsey inaugurated the "Marathon Clothing" store which he founded along with partners Carless, Civil,
and his brother Samiel Asghedom.[60]

Acting career
In 2007, Hussle played a small role in Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's semi-autobiographical film I Tried, which was directed
by Rich Newey. In 2010, he starred in the film Caged Animal, alongside Ving Rhames, Gillie Da Kid and Robert
Patrick.[61][62] In 2015, Hussle was featured in The Sexy Getting Ready Song in the pilot episode of Crazy Ex-

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Girlfriend,[63] rapping two bars before abruptly stopping and commenting on Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom)'s long
grooming routine as "some nasty-ass patriarchal bullshit. You know what? I gotta go apologize to some bitches. I’m
forever changed after what I just seen."[63][64]

Personal life
Hussle and actress Lauren London began dating in 2013, and their first child was born on August 31, 2016. London has
children from a previous relationship with fellow rapper Lil Wayne, while Hussle had a daughter, Emani, from a previous
relationship.[65][66][67]

Death
According to police sources, on March 31, 2019, Hussle was shot multiple
times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles
at about 3:25 p.m. Hussle was hit five times in the torso and once in the head.
Two others were wounded in the shooting.[68][69] All three victims were
transported to a hospital, where Hussle was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. He
was 33 years old.[70] Upon hearing the news, numerous celebrities offered their
condolences on social media.[71][72] Police have identified 29-year-old Eric
Holder as a suspect.[73][74] Investigators believe Holder was known to the
rapper and that the shooting was possibly motivated by a personal
matter.[75][76][77][78][79] On April 2, 2019, Holder was apprehended by
members of the Los Angeles Police Department.[80] In the days leading up to
his death, Hussle had reached out to officials from the LAPD about having a
meeting with him and Roc Nation about what they could do to help prevent
gang violence in South Los Angeles. The meeting had been scheduled to take
place on April 1, 2019, the day after Hussle was murdered. According to Los Memorial area at Hussle's store,
Marathon Clothing, in South Los
Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, the meeting will still take place at
Angeles
a future date.[81]

Discography
The Marathon (2010)[82]
The Marathon Continues (2011)[83]
Crenshaw (2013)[84]
Mailbox Money (2014)[85]
Victory Lap (2018)

Filmography

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Year Title Role Notes


Little
2007 I Tried Support role[86]
Ricky

2010 Caged Animal Ricky Main role[86]

Crazy Ex- Episode: "Josh Just Happens to Live


2015 Himself
Girlfriend Here!"[63]

See also
List of hip hop musicians
List of murdered hip hop musicians

Nipsey Hussle in December


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