Rihanna, John Legend, Beyonce and More Pay Tribute to Nipsey Hussle

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Heartfelt tributes to Nipsey Hussle began rolling in from celebrities around the world immediately after news broke that the West Coast rapper was killed on Sunday, March 31.


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Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom) was shot multiple times in broad daylight outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles before being rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at the age of 33. The L.A. Police Department later identified 29-year-old Eric Holder as a suspect.

Hussle had recently purchased the shopping complex where Marathon is located as part of an initiative to revitalize and bring jobs to his hometown. He also owned a barbershop, a burger restaurant and a fish market in the area. The MC launched his music career more than a decade before his death with a string of mixtapes that he sold locally out of the trunk of his car. Jay-Z once famously purchased 100 copies of Hussle’s 2013 tape, Crenshaw.


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Hussle released his major-label debut, Victory Lap, in February 2018 and scored a Best Rap Album nomination at this year’s Grammys, ultimately losing to Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy. He boasted about being “self-made” on several of the album’s tracks after years of trying to make a name for himself and doing what he needed to survive, which included joining a street gang as a teenager.

“In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers,’” he told the Los Angeles Times in March 2018. “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.”


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Hussle is survived by his girlfriend of six years, actress Lauren London, and his two young children.

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Lauren London

“I am completely lost,” London wrote on Instagram. “I’ve lost my best friend. My sanctuary. My protector. My soul…. I’m lost without you. We are lost without you babe. I have no words.”

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Beyoncé

“I’m praying with every ounce of my heart for your family,” Queen Bey wrote on Instagram. “Rest In Peace, Nipsey.”

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Drake

“F–k. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this,” the Toronto rapper wrote on Instagram. “We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.”

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Rihanna

“This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this!” the singer wrote on Instagram. “Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle.”

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John Legend

“RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled,” the Voice coach tweeted. “We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community.  Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.”

 

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Issa Rae

“Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities,” the Insecure star tweeted. “He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.”

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Kendrick Lamar

“Before we got on the stage, we got wind that our warrior, our soldier, Nipsey Hussle, passed away,” K-Dot told the crowd while performing at Lollapalooza Argentina. “So we want to take this time now, truly, to give a moment of silence. Can we do that? We love you, Nipsey!”

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Nick Cannon

“And the Lord said, ‘Job well done my son..’ @nipseyhussle King this is how I want to remember you! Laughing! Smiling! I ain’t slept yet, thinking about our conversations! Real ones from a real one! And I’m gonna say this only for the real ones to recognize,” the Wild N’ Out host wrote on Instagram. “Where you left off, we gonna carry one! It’s a MARATHON, so I’m picking up the baton! Because they can’t kill us all! Spiritual Warfare is REAL and in full effect. And now your Spirit is protecting your community eternally! Your words, your steps, your walk always was and always will be SOLID! Now, Your message is my message! Your work is my work! I know you still rocking with us and your voice will never be silenced, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Most High! So now that you are at Peace don’t Rest… Keep leading… Keep Shining King! Cosmic Love My Brotha!”

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Justin Bieber

“Rip @nipseyhussle,” the singer wrote in a short but sweet Instagram tribute.

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Chadwick Boseman

“Such an impressive mind and talent. Everywhere your feet touched the ground you inspired,” the Avengers star tweeted. “And even as your spirit flies free you ignite our souls. Let the many who you have made bold rise up and carry the torch. RIP Nipsey. Rest in Love, King.”

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Kylie Jenner

“This really breaks my heart,” the Kylie Cosmetics CEO captioned two pictures of Hussle and London on her Instagram Stories. “Sending you love @laurenlondon.”

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Michael B. Jordan

“Just spoke to you, always kept it 1000. Always was real,” the Black Panther star wrote on Instagram. “You’re a [GOAT] Rest up young KING. RIP Nipsey.”

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LeBron James

“So so SAD man!!” the Los Angeles Lakers player tweeted. “DAMN man this hurt.”

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Pharrell Williams

“You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever,” the music producer tweeted. “Rest amongst the stars.”

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Snoop Dogg

“Gone 2 soon @nipseyhussle,” the rapper captioned a throwback video with Hussle on Instagram. “I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith

“Rest in Love Nipsey,” the Girls Trip star wrote on Instagram. “I am an admirer of your wisdom which will now be part of your legacy. My heart bleeds for all those who love him. Stay strong @laurenlondon. He’s an angel on your shoulder now.”

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The Game

“Rolled down my window 12 years ago on Crenshaw & Slauson as you handed me your demo & said ‘Chuck, don’t frisbee my s–t homie… give a young n–ga a ear.’ From that day to letting you open up for me on tour & us going around the world together, creating a bond & watching your growth to today…… Murdered my friend in front of his own store on a Sunday at that !!!” the rapper wrote on Instagram. “After just talking to you on the phone just last night about the Dr. Sebi documentary, family, the kids & how we were both bout to f&$k the summer up with this music, the world loses a true king. A man that was truly about everything he spoke & stood up for all that he believed in. I keep seeing your name in these headlines bro, but it seems unreal to me…. like, I just cannot believe you gone !!!! I love you….. I’m really broken & saddened by the fact they did this to you SMMFH !!!!! I can only imagine what your family is going through right now… This was not how your life on earth was supposed to end !!!!!!!! They don’t even make friends like you no more…… @nipseyhussle & in LA, at his own store ?!?!? A store & business he put there for his people ?!?!? Los Angeles, how we let this happen ?!?!?!?!? I’m ashamed of you right now !!!!! Can’t even live out ya whole life in this city no more… this s–t right here is just krazy to me !!!!!!!!!!!! #RestInPeaceNip can’t even f–kin believe it’s actually your name attached to all these REST IN PEACE posts !!!!! SMFH.”

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Ice Cube

“Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @NipseyHussle,” the former N.W.A member tweeted.

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Cardi B

“What a sad day. Rip to a real stand up guy! a great representation of positivity and change to the community,” the rapper wrote on Instagram. “May the Lord give your family strength You cant kill love and you can’t kill respect. Stream and buy his music support the business and keep the music alive!”

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Bruno Mars

“Nipsey was one of the first artist I ever worked with about 10 years ago when I started producing. When he showed up to the studio not only was he extremely talented but I remember him being an absolute gentleman. like an old soul,” the “24K Magic” singer tweeted. “As he grew more successful I would watch his interviews and tell everybody how much I loved the way he carried himself and the positive things he was doing for his neighborhood and community. It was very obvious he had so much more to offer than music. It breaks my heart to see he’s gone. Im praying for his family and friends. R.I.P Nipsey. Thank you for blessing so many people.”

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Diddy

“Wow. I don’t even know what to say. I’m confused,” the Bad Boy Records founder tweeted. “Nipsey and I had just started really getting to know each other. I feel honored to have worked on his project. Nipsey represents change, he represents evolution, he represents everything our culture needs to embrace. Black ownership. Black love. Black wealth. God bless you and your family King. @LaurenLondon whatever you need we are here for you. My family is your family.”

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