Nipsey Hussle

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Nipsey Hussle
Hussle in 2011
Ermias Joseph Asghedom[1]

(1985-08-15)August 15, 1985
DiedMarch 31, 2019(2019-03-31) (aged 33)[1]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of deathMurder by gunshots
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
Other namesErmias Joseph Asghedom
EducationAlexander Hamilton High School
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • entrepreneur
  • actor
  • activist
Years active2004–2019
Partner(s)Lauren London
(2013–2019; his death)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
GenresHip hop

Ermias Joseph Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper. He was born in Los Angeles, California, to an African American mother and an Eritrean father.

Early life[change | change source]

He attended Alexander Hamilton High School in the neighborhood Castle Heights. As a teenager, he joined Buttervision, a creative multimedia movement of Digital Guerrilla led by Dexter Browne. Asghedom chose the name Nipsey Hussle based comedian Nipsey Russell.

Career[change | change source]

Hussle began his professional music career in the mid-2000’s. In 2005, Hussle independently released his first mixtape, Slauson Boy Volume 1. He was later signed to Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records.

Hussle has released many other mixtapes, including the Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw. Rapper Jay-Z bought 100 copies of Crenshaw for $100 each.[2]

Hussle's first studio album Victory Lap was released in 2018. It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.[3] Over a year after its release, the album reached number 2 on the Billboard 200 in April 2019. His single "Racks in the Middle" (featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy) debuted at number 44 on the Hot 100, following his death. The song later peaked at number 26.[4][5]

Assassination[change | change source]

On March 31, 2019, Asghedom was shot multiple times outside of his clothing store Marathon Clothing in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles.[6] He was pronounced dead hours later at the age of 33.[7] Eric Holder, a 29-year-old, was charged with murder on April 2.[8]

Aftermath[change | change source]

On the day of his funeral, a portion of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard near Marathon Clothing was renamed to Ermias "Nipsey Hussle" Asghedom Square to honor him and his contributions to the neighborhood.[9]

At the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, in 2020, the song "Racks in the Middle" (featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy won Best Rap Performance, while the song "Higher" (with DJ Khaled and John Legend) won Best Rap/Sung Performance.[10]

Trial[change | change source]

On July 6, 2022, a jury in Los Angeles found Eric Ronald Holder Jr. of murder in the first degree. Holder was also found guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter, assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. Holder was sentenced on September 15, 2022.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ermias Joseph Asghedom Obituary". Retrieved March 14, 2022.
  2. "Nipsey Hussle Breaks Down His $10,000 Album Transaction With Jay Z: Watch Now". MTV News.
  3. "Nipsey Hussle". May 12, 2018. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  4. Roberts, Randall (December 5, 2019). "For Nipsey Hussle friend Roddy Ricch, Grammy recognition is bittersweet". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  5. "Nipsey Hussle Posthumously Debuts Four Songs On Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  6. Johnson, Alex (March 31, 2019). "Man killed, two others injured outside rapper Nipsey Hussle's L.A. store". NBC News. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  7. Rapper Nipsey Hussle killed in shooting outside his L.A. store
  8. Suspect in fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle captured in California, authorities say Archived April 4, 2019, at the Wayback Machine The Washington Post, April 2, 2019]
  9. Cosgrove, Jaclyn (April 9, 2019). "Crenshaw and Slauson intersection to be named in honor of Nipsey Hussle". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 10, 2019. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  10. "DJ Khaled Wins Best Rap/Sung Performance". The Recording Academy. January 26, 2020. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  11. CNN, Stella Chan. "Nipsey Hussle: Jury finds man guilty in hip-hop artist's murder". CNN. Retrieved July 6, 2022. {{cite web}}: |last1= has generic name (help)