Rapper and self-made millionaire, Nipsey Hussle, has left his mark in Los Angeles as a wildly known artist and philanthropist. Seen performing at the 2018 BET Experience at STAPLES Center, and earning a GRAMMY nomination in 2019 for Best Rap Album, here's 10 things you didn't know about the widely-acclaimed West Coast artist.
1. Raised in Crenshaw
Ermias Asghedom, aka Nipsey Hussle, was raised in Crenshaw and was once part of the infamous Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips gang, which proved instrumental in his lyrics.
2. Artists to Watch For
XXL Magazine featured Nipsey Hussle on its 2010 cover for Freshman Class, as one of ten up-and-coming artists to watch for.
3. Victory Lap
Nipsey Hussle's record label, All In Records, partnered with Atlantic Records to release his highly anticipated album, Victory Lap, which earned him a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rap Album in 2019.
4. Development of South Central L.A.
Nipsey Hussle's Foundation financed the development of South Central L.A.’s Vector 90, a coworking space and incubator focused on developing underrepresented entrepreneurs.
5. $100 Mixtape
When 2013’s track, Crenshaw, came out, Nipsey Hussle sold it at $100 per mixtape and netted $100,000 in the first 24 hours! Jay Z bought 100 copies to support.
6. The Marathon Clothing
Showing off his entrepreneur skills, in 2017 Nipsey Hussle, his younger brother and a business partner, opened up The Marathon Clothing smart-store.
7. We Are the World 25 for Haiti
After a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Nipsey Hussle was featured in the charity single, We Are the World 25 for Haiti.
8. Bullets Ain't Got No Name
Nipsey Hussle dropped his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1 in 2005 but, he was recognized by the hip-hop community for his Bullets Ain't Got No Name series in 2008.
9. Tupac of my Generation
Nipsey Hussle dubbed himself the “Tupac of my generation” in the newly released album, Victory Lap, to show his respect to the legendary rapper and artist, Tupac.
10. Cameos in Film & TV
Beyond music, Nipsey Hussle had made cameos in film and television including on the hit TV series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Nipsey Hussle tragically passed away on March 31, 2019 in South Los Angeles. Many celebrities and fans took to social media to express their hurt. We know his music and community philanthropy work will keep fans connected with the King of Los Angeles.
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