Tributes have been paid by the likes of Rihanna, Diddy, Drake, Bruno Mars, Pusha-T and many more
Nipsey Hussle has died, aged 33.
The rapper was shot and killed yesterday (March 31) outside of his Marathon Clothing Company store in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, south of the Crenshaw area, according to CBS News.
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While eyewitnesses claimed to have heard multiple shots fired, law enforcement officials have confirmed that two other men are in serious condition, and a suspect remains at large.
TMZ have reported that the shooting was gang related. Nipsey had been a longtime affiliate of L.A. street gang the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, something he publicly acknowledged on record.
The rapper, who was nominated for a Grammy this year in the Best Rap Album category for his album ‘Victory Lap’, tweeted earlier in the day “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
The shooting is said to have happened soon after taking the below picture with a young fan.
Nipsey is survived by his children, including one he shared with actress Lauren London,
Tributes to the rapper have been pouring in since the news of his passing was confirmed, with Rihanna tweeting: “This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones!”
Bruno Mars also hailed Nipsey as an “absolute gentleman” after the pair worked together 10 years ago.
“As he grew more successful I would watch his interviews and tell everybody how much I loved the way he carried himself and the positive things he was doing for the neighbourhood and community,” wrote Mars.
“It was very obvious he had so much more to offer than music. It breaks my heart to see he’s gone.”
In one tweet, Lupe Fiasco said of Nipsey: “You ARE a light and an inspiration to us all. And we gonna keep running this marathon. That yellow tape ain’t the finish line it’s the beginning of the victory lap. Legacy.” See a selection of other tributes to Nipsey below.
In 2010, Nipsey told Complex about his links to the Rollin 60s Neighbourhood Crips.
“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),” he said.
“Or you not a gangbanger. Your homies gonna hear about it, beat you up, kick you in your ass, and you was for nothin.”