It is a sad irony that those who defend certain groups might die in that exact process. It is not the type of irony that makes you shake your head and laugh. Instead, it gives a calm focus and a sense of sadness.
God please cover and restore @NipseyHussle right now!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 31, 2019
The irony of course, is that Hussle was trying to reach out to his community to help deal with gang violence.
Hussle grew up prowling with the gangs in Los Angeles. He left home at the tender age of 14 and left school at the age of 16. Whether he wanted to be a part of the gangs or not there was always trouble. He figured he might as well join up if he couldn’t avoid it anyway.
prayers go out to Nipsey man
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) April 1, 2019
This mentality follows a lot of children who join up with gangs.
He did have a desire to stay in school, but the schools didn’t seem to share that. Hussle worked side jobs that weren’t always legal or beneficial to society to afford to live. His school accused him of stealing computers from school grounds, which he still claims he didn’t do.
Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you 🙏🏿
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019
That was just too much trouble to fight in a system that was already rigged so hard against Hussle and other kids like him.
It’s just a way of life in Los Angeles, Hussle often claimed. You grow up in a war zone then it becomes your reality. Make no mistake, the streets of Los Angeles can in fact be a war zone.
Met you almost 10 years ago @nipseyhussle… So much determination in your eyes & forward thinking in your language. Truthfully hadn’t met anyone from your walk of life & at your age who… https://t.co/HeGkJtM5ef
— Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) April 1, 2019
Growing up and seeing your friend’s get shot or get caught up in bad situations is just normal down there. It seems like there’s no way out and you just have to go with the flow or be in danger without any defense.
Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 1, 2019
Hussle was scheduled to attend a meeting on Monday, April 1st, in which he was going to discuss gang violence issues and ways to help kids.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 31, 2019
Hussle has not been a stranger to philanthropy in the community that he grew up in. Vector90 of South Central Los Angeles was a project he poured his heart into. It’s meant to be space kids in STEM to help them work on the sciences. It can be hard to find ways to your passion when there aren’t any bridges, and Vector90 was designed to be that bridge from the inner city to the bigwigs.
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! 💔🙏🏿
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
Finding someone who cared was all Hussle wanted as a kid, and he talks about that openly. He felt that everyone who tried to help had an agenda, and that’s if anyone helped at all. Getting jumped and beaten up and robbed was a normal part of his childhood and so was being used and betrayed by adults meant to care.
Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @NipseyHussle
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 1, 2019
Often Hussle claimed that he was only now hitting it big because of where he came from. He refused to let go of his roots because they helped form him into the man he now was. He contributed constantly to the community with funds and representation to do his best to help.
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
From the age of 9 Hussle was freestyle rapping to songs by Snoop Dog and names him and Tupac as some of his biggest inspirations. Part of what made him so fresh and noticeable to the music industry was the smart ways he chose to market himself.
RIP @NipseyHussle. Madness and Sadness.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) April 1, 2019
Hussle put out mixed tapes frequently to keep it real and fresh, and then did something that was the first of its kind. He released downloads for his music for free and then upped the prices of physical copies because they were limited.
Wow. I don’t even know what to say. I’m confused. Nipsey and I had just started really getting to know each other. I feel honored to have worked on his project. Nipsey represents change, he represents evolution, he represents everything our culture needs to embrace. pic.twitter.com/BN9240BYwK
— Diddy (@Diddy) April 1, 2019
This was a great tactic to make his music worth something while still spreading it around and making people feel like they got a great deal. For Nipsey, ultimately, the music was the endgame.
R.I.P Nipsey pic.twitter.com/gjMwgkwrMO
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) April 1, 2019
Music and community were at the forefront of Hussle’s focus, which is what made him so beloved in his community. In an era where it seems almost too easy to sweep the struggles of black kids under the rug, Hussle never forgot what it meant to grow up in the streets.
Broke me…. we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired 🙏🏾 prayers for my brother and his family
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 1, 2019
Giving kids opportunities that he wished he had was how he most helped. He knew that if he were given the chance and the resources back in the day, things might have turned out differently. But instead, gangs offered him the only safety he had ever known while schools judged and turned on him.
(Saint Laurent Don)
Real one after real one smh R.I.P Nipsey the solid morals you stood on and your legacy will last 4L!!
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) April 1, 2019
Hussle was a hero to many kids in the community. There aren’t a lot of young black men who fit the bill of hero for kids in that city, but Hussle stood up as one. Everyone needs a role model they can see themselves in and Hussle wanted to be that.
RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019
There has been quite a pickup in violence in the last week, as there have been 26 people shot and 10 homicides.
Violent crime will still be fought and hopefully, some battles will be won against the streets of Los Angeles.