UPDATE: NBC News is confirming that Hussle died at the hospital. He was 33 years old.
Hussle was nominated for his first Grammy award in 2019 for Best Rap Album. Born Ermias Ashgedom, he leaves behind a son with longtime girlfriend Lauren London, Kross, his daughter Emani and countless hours of music calling for listeners to buy up their communities, invest in themselves, tech, and more.
Chris Ramirez, LAPD Lieutenant said in a press conference, “We are handling this as a homicide investigation. We have one male, black suspect. No arrests have been made at this time. We’re asking that if anyone saw something to please notify our South Division Homicide Division. I do know our three victims were in the parking lot of the clothing store.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Crisis Response Team confirmed the news on Sunday night, saying, “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle.” It said it was “consoling and offering support to the family.”
“In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers,'” he told the Los Angeles Times in a 2018 interview. “And that’s cool, but there should be something that says, ‘Follow Elon Musk, follow [Mark] Zuckerberg.’
“I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag,” he said.
In another interview with Forbes, Hussle spoke to how he strived to move beyond the narrative of ignorance and self-destruction that had plagued his community.
“I see how damaging that was, for myself included, and we’re all subject to the social pressure,” he said. “I wasn’t above it. Each of us are impacted by what’s going on around us. For me, understanding the platform I have and who it speaks to, it’s about being strategic. …
“I wanted to redefine the lifestyle and what we view as important,” he said. “When you hear ‘buy back the block’ as the narrative, that’s powerful. That’s a step towards redefining the expectation.”
ORIGINAL STORY: According to TMZ and multiple reports, Nipsey Hussle was shot outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles.
Sources say Hussle was shot six times. Three people in total were shot according to LAPD with one person confirmed dead. Two others are considered to be in stable condition.
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