Rest In Peace Nipsey Hussle. Your energy will never die Young King.

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Rest In Peace Nipsey Hussle. Your energy will never die Young King.

The hip-hop community is in mourning today as news spreads of the sudden passing of LA-based rap star, Nipsey Hussle.

The 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was killed in a shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon, multiple sources have confirmed. Two other men were shot, and a suspect is still on the loose at the time of this writing.

Los Angeles police Lt. Chris Martinez stated that Hussle was shot multiple times in the parking lot of his The Marathon Clothing store on West Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles at roughly 3:30 p.m. He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

[Canadian artists and producers react to the death of Nipsey Hussle]

Nipsey had been building up his name in the LA scene for a minute before his Kris Kross-sampled 2010-hit, “Hussle in the House” took his buzz to a whole new level internationally. He drew comparisons to Snoop Dogg and was seen by many as the new face of West Coast gangsta rap. His most recent was release was the Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy-assisted single, “Racks In The Middle.”

The mainstream got a better look at him in 2013 after garnering media coverage from releasing hard copies of his Crenshaw album for $100. While some were skeptical of the move, JAY-Z silenced the naysayers by sending Nipsey a cheque for $10,000 and grabbing 100 copies.

The Slauson Ave. rapper had some Canadian collaborations under his belt including “Killer” with Drake (2009), “California Water” with Big Lean (2015), and more recently “Double Up” with Belly (2018). Both singles have been streamed more than 10 million times on Spotify. “Double Up,” which also features Dom Kennedy, was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Both Drake and Belly have made brief statements online regarding Nipsey’s passing. Drake posted this message on Instagram:

“Fuck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.”

Belly commented on Twitter with a couple of tweets including: “Rest in paradise Nip.”



rest in paradise Nip 💔💔💔

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The All Money In rapper also worked with several Canadian producers including Murda Beatzand Soundsmith Productions.

Murda Beatz also posted a condolence message on his social channels:

“Rest Up Nip.. First Artist I Worked With When I Got To LA That’s When We Made Grinding All My Life 4 Years Ago.. LA Won’t Be The Same..”



Rest Up Nip.. First Artist I Worked With When I Got To LA That’s When We Made Grinding All My Life 4 Years Ago.. LA Won’t Be The Same.. 🙏🏻💙

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Mac from Soundsmith also tweeted a few tines in response to the news, including:

“I can’t believe this shxt. @NipseyHussle Tha Great. Your name will live forever!”

Mac ✭@MacSoundsmith

I can’t believe this shxt. @NipseyHussle Tha Great. Your name will live forever!

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Since finding success in the music game, Nipsey has taken various steps to give back to the community and founded various programs to help give certain initiatives a leg up. He helped launch a co-working space and cultural hub, Vector 90, with includes a STEM center on the second level (in collaboration with Los Angeles real estate developer Dave Gross). It’s located in the heart of South Central LA, and features 4,700 square feet, hyper-modern industrial-style office space.

Nipsey’s passing has already had a noticeable impact on the music community, with fans and fellow artists alike taking to social media to mourn the loss. Whether you were a fan of his work or not, his impact on the West Coast scene is undeniable and he’ll remembered among the greats when people speak of his legacy.

Rest In Peace, Nipsey Hussle.

LATRUTH Speaks on Nipsey Hussle death! Is his death a conspiracy or was he killed by a hater?


Rapper Nipsey Hussle died Sunday after a shooting in Los Angeles near a clothing store he owned, according to a high-ranking law enforcement official with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Two other people were injured in the shooting around 3:20 p.m., according to the department.
The shooting occurred in the area of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard.
The victims were transported to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, according to police. The other two were in stable condition, police added.
In a tweet, the department said it has no information about the suspect.
The rapper’s last message on Twitter read: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
In 2010, Hussle, 33, whose birth name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, according to, founded the record label All Money In, which he debuted with the release of “The Marathon,” the rapper’s fifth official mixtape. His 2013 “Crenshaw” release sold more than 1,000 cassettes each priced at $100, according to his Press Atlantic Records biography.
The next year, he performed across the country in his Crenshaw Tour.
Hussle teamed up with dozens of successful artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, YG, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill and Young Thug.
He made moves outside the music industry, too. Last year he launched the first Marathon Clothing smart store at 3420 W. Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. He also owned The Marathon Agency, SC Commercial Ventures, Proud 2 Pay and All Money In No Money Out Records, according to Press Atlantic Records.
His Facebook page says Hussle was “a devout member of the Rolling Sixty Crips,” a national street gang that was founded in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s.
His page lists Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur as some of his influences.
Hussle was nominated for best rap album at this year’s Grammys, but lost to Cardi B.

Stopping gang violence

Mark Ridley-Thomas, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors who represents the southern part of the city, released a statement Sunday night saying his district mourned the loss of Hussle.
“Ermias Asghedom, known to us as the hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle, was a father, businessman, entertainer, and inspiration to many,” Ridley-Thomas said, urging his district to stay calm and reflect on the tragedy. “Our communities have lost too many young men and bright futures to the scourge of gun violence. For healing to occur, even from this terrible incident, justice must be sought through legal means, and community peace must be found.”
Hussle had been scheduled to meet with LA Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff and LAPD Chief Michael Moore on Monday to discuss ways to stop gang violence, Soboroff said on Twitter.
“We (@LAPDChiefMoore and I ) were meeting, at the request of @NipseyHussle with him and @rocnation tomorrow at 4pm to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids. I’m so very sad,” Soboroff tweeted.

Stars pay tribute

After news of Hussle’s death, dozens of celebrities expressed their shock and condolences on social media.
“My spirit is shaken by this,” Rihanna wrote on Twitter. “Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you.”
“Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy,” rapper Ice Cube tweeted.
Pharrell Williams wrote Hussle was about “something.. positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak.. and because of that You inspire millions.. millions who will uphold your legacy forever.”
Rapper J. Cole tweeted that Hussle was a “legend.”
“I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones,” Cole tweeted.
Other artists, including Chance the RapperMeek Mill and Drake, took to social media to say their final goodbyes, along with athletes Stephen CurryLeBron James and Colin Kaepernick.
Clarification: The headline and article have been updated to reflect that Nipsey Hussle was owner of the clothing store near the site of the shooting.

NBA YoungBoy Reportedly Arrested In Atlanta For Possession Of Marijuana, Use Of Fighting Words & Physical Obstruction

ATLANTA, GA (LATRUTHHIPHOP) – Baton Rouge rapper, NBA YoungBoy, was arrested Monday, Feb. 11 after an incident at the Hyatt House in downtown Atlanta, a spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department confirms.

Preliminary information indicates the rapper, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, allegedly was in the hotel with a woman identified as Starr Thigpen. The two allegedly engaged in an altercation with a housekeeper at the hotel, after asking her to leave.

Police say housekeeping entered a room that was supposed to be unoccupied to begin cleaning it. However, when the housekeeping staff noticed the room was occupied Gaulden directed Thigpen to get the housekeeping staff out of the room.

Thigpen assaulted one of the housekeeping staff members, striking her in the face. The altercation continued into the hallway before a hotel employee was able to run downstairs to get help.

Gaulden faces the following charges:

  • Disorderly conduct – Use of fighting words
  • Disorderly conduct – physical obstruction of another
  • Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Thigpen was charged with the following:

  • Disorderly conduct – Act of violence toward another
  • Disorderly conduct – Physical obstruction of another
  • Possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

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