It has been a week since the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle and it still doesn't seem real. But during that time period, there has been an outpouring of support for him and remembrance of his legacy, not only as a musician but as a person and the contributions he made to his community. As we approach Nipsey's funeral service this Thursday at Staples Center, here are some facts about Nipsey Hussle that may not be known to the public.
His father is from Eritrea, a country in Africa.
He Has Two Kids
Hussle has a son, Kross, and a daughter, Emani.
He and actress Lauren London had been dating for five years. They are both parents to Kross
Hussle had roles in the films I Tried and Caged Animal. He also was in the pilot of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
He just received his first-ever Grammy nomination in 2019 for his 2018 album Victory Lap.
He opened his store, Marathon Clothing, on June 17, 2017, in his hometown neighborhood of the Crenshaw District in Los Angeles.
Friends With James Harden
He and James Harden are close friends.
He had recently started a STEM program for inner-city students in Los Angeles to help them gain access in ways they wouldn't have been able to otherwise.
He Sold His Mixtape For $100
Nipsey Hussle sold his 2013 mixtape, Crenshaw, for $100.
JAY-Z Bought 100 Copies
People called Nipsey crazy for selling a mixtape at that price point until Hov bought 100 copies.
He Co-Owned A Consulting Agency
Marathon Agency was co-owned by Nipsey and Karen Civil.
He Was An Artist For Haiti
He performed in the rap section of this group with Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes after the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010.
He Released His First Mixtape When He Was 19
Slauson Boy is Nipsey's first tape, released December 13, 2005.
Development of South Central
Nipsey's Foundation helped finance the development of South Central's Vector 90, which focused on developing underrepresented entrepreneurs.
He Hired Convicted Felons
At his Marathon Clothing store, Nipsey hired convicted felons to work at the store, knowing how hard it is to get hired for a job after having that on your record.
He Was Close With Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. was one of the many athletes to form a close relationship with Nipsey.
He Inspired A Tattoo on Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma has stated that Nipsey Hussle was his favorite rapper during high school and inspired his The Marathon Continues Tattoo.
He Worked With Diddy on Victory Lap
Nipsey enlisted the help of Diddy for his debut album, helping it receive critical acclaim.
Nipsey and YG Had A Unique Relationship
Despite being from opposite gangs in Los Angeles, they both came together and formed a unique bond, even collaborating on music over the course of their careers.
His Stage Name Comes From A Comedian
It is a play on the name of a former comic Nipsey Russle.