Nipsey Hussle’s name rocketed to the top of every social media trending list Sunday with the news that the rapper and philanthropist was dead – the lone fatality from a triple shooting that occurred in front of his Marathon store in Los Angeles.
Hussle was just 33 and well-liked in the world of hip-hop. The Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur and philanthropist championed causes such as helping ex-cons re-assimilate into society and classes teaching kids how to code.
Hussle’s positive influence was just one element that made his murder – reportedly by a lone assailant who then fled the scene – particularly tragic.
His success in music was no less impressive. Hussle was an indie producer whose marketing savvy eventually got him a deal with Atlantic records.
Then in 2017 he released Victory Lap, for which he received a Grammy nod for Best Rap Album. Rihanna’s tweet above was just one of thousands that mourned his loss.
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Nipsey Hussle’s own final tweet was immediately loaded with meaning after his death. He posted the following shortly before he was killed.
No one knows yet if it was a stray thought that only took on terrible meaning because of his death or referring to knowledge of a .
As of April 1 the LAPD was still searching for Hussle’s killer, and for a motive behind his murder.