Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead on Sunday in front of his clothing store in Hyde Park, Los Angeles.
Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot several times, according to the Los Angeles Times. His death was confirmed by a Los Angeles City official. Two others were shot and wounded, one of whom was hospitalized, according to Los Angeles police.
All three were shot in the parking lot in front of the Marathon Clothing Store, Lt. Chris Ramirez of the police in Los Angeles. He said the police were still putting together what happened, and they have no motive for the shootings they are investigating as murder. The police believe that at least one suspect in a car has fled the scene.
US stars have paid tribute. Rihanna tweeted: "That makes no sense! My mind is shaken by it! Dear God, may his spirit rest in peace and may you grant divine comfort to all his kin! "
"All my energy is just too low when I hear that," rapper Drake, who worked with Nipsey Hussle, wrote on Instagram. He added, "You were a real person to your people and to the rest of us. I'm only doing this because I want the world to know that I saw you as a man of respect and a Don. Just rest my g. "
At a concert in Buenos Aires, Kendrick Lamar, also from the south of Los Angeles and working with Hussle, called him "our brother, our warrior, our soldier," and introduced a moment of silence.
33-year-old Hussle was a supporter of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and released an online tribute: "Artist. Activist. Angeleno LA mourns one of our own, Nipsey Hussle. "
Lakers star LeBron James wrote on Instagram: "I talked to you about text bros the other day! I'll tell you how proud I was of you and how I went on to bring you to other Laker games next season. Be an upstanding guy since the first day. May you rest in paradise … this hurts! "
American footballer and activist Colin Kaepernick praised Hussle's work in the community and wrote, "It's so painful! Nipsey Hussle did a great job for the people. Keep his legacy alive by continuing his work! "
"Our hearts are with the relatives of Nipsey Hussle and all who are touched by this terrible tragedy," Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a Sunday tweet. "LA gets seriously injured every time a young life gets lost through useless gun violence."
Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle's debut studio LP for Atlantic Records, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the Grammy Awards this year, losing to Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy. The news of his death sparked the support of musicians and the Los Angeles community where Nipsey Hussle was born.
Nipsey Hussle was an outspoken representative of the neighborhood of Crenshaw. Mark Ridley-Thomas, a supervisor in Los Angeles County, representing southern Los Angeles, said Nipsey Hussle was "a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many." "We mourn his sudden and tragic death and send our deepest condolences to his family," he said.
Nipsey Hussle, a Los Angeles-based game since the mid-2000s, first became widely used in hip-hop for his three-part mixtape series, Bullets Is not Got No Name. His stage name is, according to the Grammy Awards website, a "twist on comedian" Nipsey Russell.
He has collaborated with artists such as Snoop Dogg and YG, drawing on the tradition of gangster rap in the city and complicated storytelling on the street level. In 2013, Nipsey Hussle created industry buzz by making only 1,000 physical copies of his mixtape Crenshaw, an independent online publication, each selling for $ 100 in a pop-up store. He said Jay-Z bought 100 copies.
"Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we've worked with, but also an amazing father and leader in his community," said Atlantic Records label Nipsey Hussle in a Sunday statement. "One of the nicest and brightest stars in the universe, he was inspirational for everyone." – New York Times agencies