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Nipsey Hussle – Cause of death: Multiple Gunshots

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Nipsey Hussle (born Ermias Joseph Asghedom) was a two-time Grammy-nominated rapper. A former gang member, Nipsey was known for his community advocacy, his collaborations with Drake and Diddy, and his community-forward entrepreneurship. He used his real estate investments and community developments to employ endangered groups in inner-city Los Angeles.

A former member of the Rollin’ 60s, a Crips-affiliated LA gang, Hussle’s story was an inspirational one that highlighted how anyone could turn their life around. Hussle was shot outside of his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, following an argument on March 31, 2019. He was 33 years old. His death sparked a flood of love for him from the entertainment community, with tributes coming from everyone from Colin Kapernick to Chance the Rapper. His memorial featured eulogies from Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, and even a letter from former President Barack Obama. With a sound that returned from pop-influenced hip-hop toward West Coast gangsta rap, Hussle became a tour-de-force in the rap community. He chose the name “Hussle” as a promise of how he will pursue his career and music.

While originally signed to Epic during a stint as an independent artist, he gave away free digital downloads of his albums while selling physical copies of Crenshaw and Mailbox Money for $100 and $1,000 apiece, respectively, Hussle eventually signed with Atlantic Records and achieved chart success.

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