ARTIST PROFILE

Nipsey Hussle

Name: Ermias Davidson Asghedom

Birthday: August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019

Fav Dish: Tacos

Ermias Davidson Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper and songwriter from Los Angeles, California. Emerging from the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, Hussle initially became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The MarathonThe Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the latter of which rapper Jay-Z, bought 100 copies for $100 each. After much delay, his debut studio album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success, and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.

Hussle was shot and killed outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.

In 2005, Hussle gave his first mixtape, titled Slauson Boy Volume 1, which soon became the name of his own record label. In 2008 Hussle released two mixtapes, Bullets Ain’t Got No Name, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, after signing with Cinematic Music Group and Epic Records. In 2009, he released his debut single, “Hussle in the House”. Later that year, Nipsey released a third mixtape Bullets Ain’t Got No Name, Vol. 3. He then collaborated with Drake on the song “Killer”,[14] and also appeared, along with Snoop Dogg and Problem on the song “Upside Down”,  which featured on Snoop Dogg’s 2009’s album Malice n Wonderland.  

In 2010, Hussle appeared on the song “We Are the World 25 for Haiti”,  and was chosen to be the part as one of the XXL Magazine‘s “Annual Freshman Top Ten”, a selection of ten up-and-coming artists. XXL labeled him “Most Determined” of his class, and LA Weekly called him the “next big L.A. MC”. Hussle was expected to release his debut album, South Central State of Mind, in October 2010. Prior to release, the album was supported by the single “Feelin’ Myself” featuring Lloyd. While the production was set to be handled from J.R. Rotem, Scott Storch, Mr. Lee, Play-N-Skillz, Terrace Martin and 1500 or Nothin’, the album was set to be featured with the guest appearances from Trey Songz, Jay Rock and Sean Kingston. Concurrently, he announced that he plans on releasing a mixtape with a fellow rapper Jay Rock, titled Red and Blue Make Green. Following the release of a music video for “Feelin’ Myself”, the album was set for a December 21, 2010 release; however, both these projects were eventually postponed indefinitely.

After going through trouble with Epic Records, Hussle was released from the label in late 2010. After his release, he went on to found his own record label, All Money In. On December 21, 2010, he released his first All Money In Records mixtape, titled The Marathon, which features guest appearances from Kokane and MGMT.  On November 1, 2011, Hussle released a sequel titled The Marathon Continues, which features L.A. rappers YG and Dom Kennedy.

Hussle was born on August 15, 1985 and raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles.  He was also a member of the local Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips gang.  He was Eritrean American. 

Hussle and actress Lauren London began dating in 2013, and welcomed their first child together on August 31, 2016. London had children from a previous relationship with fellow rapper Lil Wayne, while Hussle had a daughter from a previous relationship named Emani.

According to police sources, on March 31, 2019, Hussle was shot multiple times in the parking lot of his store, Marathon Clothing, on 3420 West Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles at about 3:25 p.m. Two others were wounded in the shooting. All three victims were transported to a hospital, where Hussle was pronounced dead. He was 33 years old. Upon hearing the news, multiple athletes, actors, and musicians offered their condolences on social media. Sources state that one suspect fled in a vehicle. A news briefing has revealed the suspect to be a young black male, and initial information has pointed to the shooter being affiliated with a gang.

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