Los Angeles rapper and songwriter Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed on Sunday outside his clothing store, Marathon. He was nominated for best rap album at this year’s Grammys, and his music has gained a reputation for its roughness and social awareness. Here, then, is the complete biography of Nipsey Hussle, including his estimated wealth at the time of his untimely demise.
Ermias Asghedom was born to Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom on August 15, 1985, in Los Angeles. He and his siblings, Samuel and Samantha, grew up in South Los Angeles’s Crenshaw neighborhood. He started off in the Castle Heights area’s Alexander Hamilton High School but left early. He ran away from home at the age of 14 to become a member of the Crips, a gang with a strong presence in his Crenshaw neighborhood. Asghedom and his brother Samuel spent three months in their father’s home country of Eritrea in East Africa when Asghedom was 19 years old (2004). Asghedom claimed his decision to start advocating for social change was sparked by his travels.
Nipsey Hussle’s Net Worth:
The late rapper Nipsey Hussle was worth an estimated $8 million. Nipsey Hussle has made the bulk of his fortune from rapping. But he has also made a significant amount of money through acting. Actually, in 2007, he made his acting debut. Starting out, he played Little Ricky in the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony movie I Tried. Then he went on to star in a number of more movies. In addition to his role in the pilot episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, he also acted in the film Caged Animal.
Hussle stressed the need to diversify one’s income in an interview. So, he hedged his bets by diversifying his sources of income beyond only music. In the same interview, he mentioned several well-known musicians who have used ghostwriters, including 50 Cent, Diddy, and Jay-Z. Certainly, they served as an inspiration for him as he sought to establish a career in the music industry.
Because of the success of “Slauson Boy Vol. 1,” Nipsey Hussle decided to launch his own record label under the same name. Hussle signed with Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records in 2008 and promptly dropped two mixtapes, Bullets Ain’t Got No Name Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. His first single “Hussle in the House” and third mixtape “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name, Vol. 3” both came out in 2009. His popularity grew after he worked with Drake on the song “Killer” and also appeared on the song “Upside Down” alongside Snoop Dogg and Problem. Nipsey decided not to extend his contract with Epic and subsequently left the label in 2010.
In 2010, he contributed to “We Are the World 25,” a benefit single for Haiti. During the same year, he was named one of XXL Magazine’s Annual Freshman Top Ten, a list of the top ten upcoming musicians. Hussle left Epic Records in late 2010 and started his own record label, All Money. Hussle announced the release of his new mixtape, “Crenshaw,” in 2013. The project was set to have guest performances from Rick Ross, Dom Kennedy, Slim Thug, James Fauntleroy II, Z-Ro, Skeme, and Sade.
A major studio album by Hussle, titled “Victory Lap,” was ultimately published in 2018. With initial sales of 53,000 copies, it opened at position #4 on the Billboard 200. The album was met with unanimous acclaim from critics and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album, but ultimately lost to “Invasion of Privacy” by Cardi B. After Hussle’s murder on March 31, 2019, the album climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in April 2019, more than a year after its initial release. His final single, “Racks in the Middle,” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy, also hit a new peak on the Hot 100 at No. 44 after his passing.
Personal Life and Death:
Hussle cared about helping others, especially other young black guys. Through his activism and singing, he condemned gun violence. He talked candidly about his time spent in gangs. Hussle established a student hangout and coworking space called Vector 90 with his own money and spent time in schools and with students. After living in the area, he came to the conclusion that the Crenshaw community was severely under-served and that young people would benefit from access to shared office space. He hoped that underprivileged kids in the neighborhood would put extra effort into STEM subjects.
Hussle is the father of a daughter named Emani, however, he and her mother never dated. In 2013, Nipsey started dating actress Lauren London. Together, they had a baby in 2016.
Nipsey Hussle was fatally murdered on March 31, 2019, in front of his Los Angeles apparel business. He had reached the age of 33. At 3:19 p.m. on that day, he was shot at least ten times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles. The arrest on April 2, 2019, of 29-year-old Eric Ronald Holder Jr. The start of his trial, which has been delayed multiple times because of the COVID-10 epidemic, is now scheduled for March of 2021. After a memorial service held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Hussle was put to rest at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Southern California.
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