Nipsey Hussle shot dead in Los Angeles

The Grammy-nominated rapper was 33.

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.


RIP, Nipsey Hussle, you will be missed.

Stream Victory Lap below:

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