Nipsey Hussle Dead at 33 After Shooting in Los Angeles

The rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed in Los Angeles on Sunday

The rapper Nipsey Hussle died Sunday after a shooting outside his clothing store in the Hyde Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Sunday, according to a high-ranking law enforcement official with the Los Angeles Police Department. Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times, according to The Los Angeles Times. His death was confirmed by a Los Angeles city official. 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.

According to LAPD HQ, At approximately 3:20 pm there was a shooting reported in the area of Slauson Ave and Crenshaw Blvd. 3 victims were transported to a local hospital where one was pronounced deceased. We have no suspect info at this time and will provide more details as they become available. The suspect in the shooting is described as a male black & LAPD South Bureau Homicide is conducting an investigation to locate him and anyone else involved. You can expect the area of Slauson & Crenshaw to be impacted by streets closures & heavy traffic for several hours.

Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles police said that the police were still piecing together what happened and that they do not have a motive for the shooting, which they are investigating as a homicide. The police believe at least one suspect fled from the scene in a car. The rapper's last message on Twitter read: "Having strong enemies is a blessing." His Facebook 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 as some of his influences.

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 a thousand 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 was nominated for best rap album at this year's Grammys Awards, losing to Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy.”

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 Ave. in Los Angeles. He also owns The Marathon Agency, SC Commercial Ventures, Proud 2 Pay and All Money In No Money Out Records, according to Press Atlantic Records.

News of his death prompted an outpouring of support from musicians and the community in Los Angeles, where Nipsey Hussle was born. “My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this,” the rapper Drake, who collaborated with Nipsey Hussle, wrote on Instagram. He added: “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.”

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. “Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we worked with but an amazing father and leader in his community,” Nipsey Hussle’s label, Atlantic Records, said in a statement Sunday. “One of the kindest and brightest stars in the universe, he was inspiring to all.”

A Los Angeles fixture since the mid-2000s, Nipsey Hussle first drew widespread acclaim in hip-hop for his three-part mixtape series, “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name.” His stage name is a twist on the comedian Nipsey Russell. In 2013, Nipsey Hussle created industry buzz by creating only 1,000 physical copies of his mixtape “Crenshaw,” an independent release that was free online, and selling each for $100 at a pop-up shop. He said Jay-Z bought 100 copies.

Stars Pay Tribute

After news of his death, dozens of celebrities expressed their shock and condolences on social media.

Rapper J. Cole tweeted that Hussle was a legend and I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news.

Other artists, including Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill and Drake, also took to social media to say their final goodbyes, along with athletes Stephen Curry, Colin Kaepernick and LeBron James.