California rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot on Sunday, various news outlets report.
According to NBC, the 33-year-old was one of the three people gunned down outside Marathon Clothing, his store in South Los Angeles. The rapper was reportedly shot multiple times and rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The two other victims are currently in critical condition. TMZ reports that the shooter fled the scene and is still at large, as of yesterday evening.
Hussle—real name Ermias Asghedom—began his rap career over a decade ago, dropping his first-ever mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1, in 2005. After two unsuccessful record deals, the rapper launched his own label, All Money In, which released his 2010 mixtape, The Marathon.
More than 11 mixtapes and joint LPs later, the LA veteran released his long-awaited debut studio full-length, Victory Lap, last year. The record was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammys, but eventually lost to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. “[My team and I] don’t want to judge the success of the album based on whether it gets recognized or not,” he told Rolling Stone last December. “I want to create in a vacuum.”
Aside from music, Hussle was also known for his entrepreneurship and philanthropy. In 2017, the rapper opened Marathon Clothing, and a year later unveiled Vector90, a co-working space in his hometown that focused on developing underrepresented entrepreneurs.
Following news of Hussle’s death, several hip hop artists and athletes including Rihanna, Drake and LeBron James have paid tribute to the late rapper on social media. Read their posts below.
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! ???
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
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Fuck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.
??????‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
Me Spitta and Nip was all sleepin on couches when we linked up. This shit got me super sad.
— Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) April 1, 2019
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. ?? https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
REST IN PEACE NIPSEY HUSSLE
— Vince Staples (@vincestaples) April 1, 2019
RIP, Nipsey Hussle, you will be missed.
Stream Victory Lap below: