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#aFewThings : Nipsey Hustle

Los Angeles rapper and songwriter Nipsey Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Joseph Asghedom, died after being shot multiple times in front of his clothing store in Los Angeles recently. Here are a few things you should know about him

One

Nipsey is a known member of an LA Gang but had recently turned into a community organizer.

Hussle has long been associated with the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, one of Los Angeles’ largest gangs.

“When you around 100 Crips, you still a Blood. When 40-Glocc and they run up on you, you still a Blood. And I am not talking about Wayne. I got respect for they movement and I like the dude as an artist. But I’m just saying on some gangbang shit, when you go to the county jail and you walk in the court tank and it’s 50 of your enemies, you still gonna say the 60s (Rollin 60 Neighborhood Crips). Or you not a gangbanger. Your homies gonna hear about it, beat you up, kick you in your ass, and you was for nothin’. I know in the real world in this shit, a lot of niggas wouldn’t make it. So like I said, it’s an over standing I got about it. I look at it like these niggas is totally out of character,” he told Complex in a 2010 interview.

But in recent years, Nipsey had become heavily involved in the community, most recently investing in the new Destination Crenshaw arts project, a 1.3-mile-long “outdoor art and culture experience celebrating Black Los Angeles.”

Two

Nipsey Was In A Long-Term Relationship With Actress Lauren London.

Nipsey and Lauren London started dating in December 2013 and announced surprisingly in August 2016 that she had given birth to a son named Kross Asghedom.

The two were very private but just gave an in-depth interview to GQ in which they talked about how they met: Instagram DMs.

The two first connected thanks to Instagram when she messaged him to discuss a limited edition mixtape Nipsey was selling at the time for $100. London got the mixtapes, started following Nipsey on Instagram, he followed back and then the eventually became one of the most loved couples in hip-hop.

Before being in a relationship with London, Nipsey dated Tanisha Asghedom and they had a daughter together named Emani Asghedom. London also has a 9-year-old son from a previous relationship with rapper Lil Wayne named Cameron. London has made no public statement as of Monday.

Three

Nipsey Was A Grammy-Nominated Musician.

In 2005 he released his first mixtape titled Slauson Boy Volume 1.

Nipsey had also released several mixtapes, including three installments of his “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name” series, “The Marathon,” “The Marathon Continues” and “Crenshaw.”

His debut studio album “Victory Lap” was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019. Announced in 2014, it wasn’t released until 2018. The album included appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Diddy and The-Dream.

“I grew up in gang culture,” the rapper told the Los Angeles Times in March 2018. “We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it. I guess they call it post-traumatic stress, when you have people that have been at war for such a long time. I think L.A. suffers from that because it’s not normal yet we embrace it like it is after a while.”

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