According to Times, investigations began prior to the rapper’s untimely death in March, when he and two others were gunned down in front of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South California. The ongoing joint probe is now looking into the store’s strip mall location for possible gang-related activities. However, it remains unclear what kicked off the investigation.
Earlier this year, Hussle and his associates purchased the complex. Its previous owners were allegedly pressured to evict the rapper and his partners following police concerns over gang activities. Marqueece Harris-Dawson, a city council member representing South LA, claimed that his team had tried for years to engage with officials about the investigation on Nip’s behalf, but was dismissed.
“I think everybody in the community will do everything we can to make sure the ventures he started will continue,” he said. “And this is a very confusing hiccup in this process.”
In a statement to the NYT, an LAPD spokesperson said that the authorities are currently working alongside Hussle’s business partners on the property “to mitigate some of those crime issues.” The investigation is still unfolding. Read the full report here.
In May, Hussle’s alleged killer Eric Holder pleaded not guilty to the four crimes he is charged with, including a single count of murder and one count of firearm possession. Holder currently remains in custody on a $6.53 million bail, and if convicted could face life in jail.