Updated: Apr 13, 2019
Like everyone, I was devastated to hear of the untimely passing of Rapper, Entrepreneur and Advocate, Nipsey Hussle. I've never really felt this way before about someone I didn't know personally and can only imagine what it's like for those who knew him.
I'm a fan like everyone else who connected with his music and philosophy. I remember training for my marathon in 2015, with "All Get Right" on constant repeat. It was inspiring, something you need while running 26 miles. A year later, I'm still listening to Victory Lap, tracks like Loaded Bases, Double Up and Status Symbol will forever stay on repeat.
Although his delivery was raw, his message was passionately rooted with good intentions. Nipsey cultured listeners on building wealth, ownership and investing. He owned all his music and started a blueprint for independent artists to follow. He was unapologetically himself, with a genuine love for his community. Beyond his music, his authenticity resonated with so many people, myself included.
Thank Mr. Asghedom for being an invaluable part of hip hop, your influence and legacy will not be forgotten. You inspired a generation to hustle for their dreams and live a purposeful life. I plan to honor Nipsey by streaming his music all month though apple music and other platforms. No words, gestures or money will ever be enough to fill the void left behind. However, Nipsey can rest easy knowing his family will always benefit from the legacy he left behind.
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