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Four Years Ago Today, Hip-Hop Pioneer Nipsey Hussle Passed Away

Los Angeles, California’s iconic emcee and member of the ‘Rollin 60’ Crips Faction Nipsey Hussle, born Airmiess Joseph Asghedom, passed away four years ago. The West Coast Hip-Hop pioneer behind some of the most influential works in rap music was shot down by Eric Holder outside his ‘Marathon Clothing’ store in Southern Los Angeles.

Raised in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw district, Hussle transformed his block into a massive job-creating hub through a slew of businesses including The Marathon Clothing brand. Hussle was posthumously honoured with two Grammy Awards in 2020 for Best Rap Performance for Hit-Boy-produced ‘Racks in the Middle’ feat. Roddy Ricch and Best Rap Song for ‘Higher.’

Hussle’s timeless discography is home to numerous hard-hitting rap LPs including “Victory Lap”, “The Marathon”, “The Marathon Continues”, “Crenshaw”, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 of the “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name” LP series and “Slauson Boy 2.”

Ever since his ill-fated death, several efforts have been made to preserve his legacy. In November last year, NBA’s Lebron James and Maverick Carter announced that their production studio SpringHill is working on an untitled docu-series on Hussle.

As per James, the documentary will showcase the “comprehensive and incredible story of Nipsey Hussle – from his days as a young boy growing up in Crenshaw, to the musician and activist he became in the later years of his life.”

Directed by the Emmy-nominated director One-9, the film will feature never-seen-before footage from Hussle’s life while growing up and becoming one of the most influential voices in Hip-Hop music, African-American activism and entrepreneurship. Further, One-9 has tapped Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and more for reflecting on Hussle’s undeniable legacy.

The marathon continues.

Rest In Peace, Airmiess Joseph Asghedom.

Listen to Nipsey Hussle’s debut and only studio album ‘Victory Lap’ here.