In New York City on Friday, Jay-Z honored the slain South LA rapper, Nipsey Hussle, in a portion of his performance.
In his freestyle, he spoke of Hussle’s influence in his community and his dedication to South LA. “Gentrify your own hood, before these people do it/ Claim eminent domain and have your people move in/ That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/ For anybody still confused as to what he was doing,” rapped Jay-z.
Hussle has been recognized for his brand and clothing store ‘Marathon Clothing,’ which is located near Crenshaw Boulevard in a strip mall. Along with being a rapper, Hussle was also an entrepreneur and had efforts to redevelop Crenshaw.
The 33-year-old rapper was killed March 31 after being shot outside of his store. The had an impact on several people including Jay-Z and Beyonce. The singer posted on Instagram, “I’m praying with every ounce of my heart for your family,’ she continued, “Rest In Peace, Nipsey.”
The two rappers were close friends and collaborated with music. They shared views on investing in their community and honoring black culture.
Jay-z spoke of this is his freestyle saying “The neighborhood designed to keep up trapped / They redline us, so property declines if you by blacks / They depress the asset and take the property back / It’s a ruthless but ingenious plan in fact.”
“I told neighborhood Nipsey stay close/ There’s a hundred million dollars on your schedule, lay low … I never dreamed he’d be killed in a place that he called home,” he continued.
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Updated April 2, 2019
Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot outside of his clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. He was 33.
Two other men were seriously injured in the shooting, which took place on the city’s infamous Slauson Avenue.
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Nipsey has two children, son Kross Asghedom and daughter Emani Asghedom.
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