Netflix has picked up a brand-new documentary about the late Nipsey Hussle from award-winning director Ava DuVernay.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix acquired rights to the Hussle doc following a million-dollar bidding war with other streaming sites like Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video. DuVernay will direct and co-produce the project alongside the rapper’s company Marathon Films. Hussle’s family will also participate in the making of the documentary, as per THR. An official premiere date for the film remains unconfirmed.
The Nipsey film will be DuVernay’s first documentary offering since 2016’s 13th, which explored the history of racial inequality in America and its criminal justice system. DuVernay had previously enlisted Hussle as a panelist on the 13th press tour to offer his thoughts on the for-profit prison system’s detrimental impact on inner-city communities.
Nip died last year after he was fatally shot outside his store in South Los Angeles, Marathon Clothing. In January, the California rapper was honored at the Grammys, where he also posthumously won Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle,” the last song he put out before his death. A biography of the rapper entitled The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle will be published next month.
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