Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed in Los Angeles

The rapper was 33
Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed in Los Angeles
Rapper Nipsey Hussle has died after being shot multiple times outside his Los Angeles clothing store Sunday afternoon. According to various media reports, the Grammy-nominated MC was killed in a shooting outside his Marathon Clothing store in the city's south end. He was 33.

NBC reports that Nipsey was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital. Two other men were in serious condition. 

Born Ermias Asghedom in 1985, Nipsey released his debut mixtape Slauson Boy Vol. 1 in 2005. After signing a record deal with Cinematic Music Group/Epic in 2008, he released the first two instalments of his Bullets Ain't Got No Name mixtape series, releasing a third entry in 2009. Early collaborations included work with Drake, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, Rick Ross, the Game and more.

In 2010, Nipsey left Epic to form his own imprint, All Money In. He released mixtapes The Marathon and The Marathon Continues through the imprint in 2010 and 2011, respectively. In 2013, he made waves the release of his Crenshaw mixtape, selling 1,000 CD copies of the effort for $100 each alongside its free digital release. He reportedly sold every copy, with JAY-Z buying 100 of them.

In 2016, Nipsey appeared on YG's protest song "FDT." The year also saw him release his Famous Lies and Unpopular Truths mixtape.

Nipsey released his debut studio album, Victory Lap, in February 2018. The effort, which was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, featured collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Puff Daddy, YG, Buddy, Marsha Ambrosius, The-Dream and more.

Outside of music, Nipsey was praised as a community leader and entrepreneur in recent years. The rapper opened his Marathon Clothing as a "smartstore" with accompanying app, and had a hand in launching a co-working space and business incubator named Vector 90. Nipsey was also involved with the launch of Destination Crenshaw, an outdoor art and culture exhibit celebrating Africa-American artists.

In the wake of the tragic news, tributes have been pouring in for Nipsey Hussle. You can see some of those below.

We are at a great loss today. This hurts. Straight to the point. It's dangerous to be an MC. Dangerous to be a b-ball player. It's dangerous to have money. Dangerous To Be A Black Man. So much hatred. We live like our brothers and sisters in third world countries live. Right in America. Decisions we make about our own life be based on decisions cuz we might not live. Its so deep rooted. It's not a easy fix. Hard to fix anything when kids are still living in poverty. I ain't shutting up though, Nipsey is a True voice. He will never be silenced. He still is A stand up General for the People who never left his people. He is Loved by the people. Prayers for his family. Let's keep pushing Truth for The Man. Love You King Nipsey Hussle/ Ermias Asghedom Respectfully, Nasir Jones

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