The Grammy nominated rapper will be immortalised in a small section of the city after he was shot dead outside his clothing store.
The intersection of Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, close to where the star was shot, will now be named Ermias ‘Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom Square, referencing his birth name.
Confirming the decision, Los Angeles City Council’s Marqueece Harris-Dawson hailed Nipsey as a “West Coast hero”.
“Ermias Asghedom, known as Nipsey Hussle, was an icon and West Coast hero,’ Harris-Dawson said in a statement. “Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with, from family, friends, fans and his larger community. As a father, brother and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations.”
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“Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound; his numerous philanthropic efforts; his innovative, community-focused business mindset; and his humble heart.”
The decision comes days ahead of a memorial service for the late star, where tickets are thought to be changing hands online for in excess of $500.
Last weekend, Kanye West paid tribute to Nipsey by playing a speech by the late rapper at his latest Sunday Service performance. It came after the likes of Rihanna, Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar all hailed Nipsey’s talent in the wake of his death. Drake also paid tribute on the first night of his London residency, urging Nipsey to “rest easy”.
It transpired last week that Crips, Bloods, and other gangs in LA have gathered for a “unity meeting” in the wake of his death.
Kodak Black was also forced to apologise after disrespecting Nipsey’s girlfriend Lauren London. In an Instagram Live broadcast, Black made remarks that suggested he would give London a year to grieve for Hussle before romantically pursuing her.
Last week (April 4), a suspect was charged in Hussle’s killing. Eric Holder, 29, was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. He has pled not guilty and has been placed in custody on a $5 million (£3.8 million) bail.