Rappers, Peers Honor Nipsey Hussle on the One-Year Anniversary of His Death

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“A true king to his people with a heart of gold.”

Tuesday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Over the past year, the rapper and organizer’s impact has been felt in his absence.

Friends, family, and former collaborators alike paid tribute throughout the day. Curren$y, who collaborated with Hussle on his Smokee Robinson tape, simply tweeted “Love u homie.”

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Snoop Dogg, who spoke at Hussle’s funeral last April, posted footage of himself, Hussle, and Wiz Khalifa on-stage at a Fetty Wap concert. T.I. posted a video of himself and Nipsey throwing money at Magic City, joined by Dave Chappelle.


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“Just us kicking shit before the world went crazy,” he wrote. Ain’t been the same since. Never will be…we’ll take memories like these & lessons we learned from your life into eternity wit us King.”


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Just Us Kickin shit Before the world went crazy… Ain’t been the same since. Never will be. Even still… We’ll take memories like these & lessons we learned from your life into eternity wit us King. TMC🏁

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Meek Mill shared a snapshot of the two performing on his The Motivation tour last year.


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#themarathoncontinues 🙏🏾🙏🏾👑 #nipforever

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Roddy Ricch, whose collaboration “Racks in the Middle” with Hussle won Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, simply tweeted “All money in forever.”

“You existed in so many worlds at the same time, and the way you transitioned between them can only be described as grace,” said real estate developer David Gross. Gross and Hussle co-founded the Vector 90 STEM center and co-working space in Los Angeles.



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Couldn’t say it better, so I’ll say it twice. ・・・ There’s been so much love and respect shown since you left; there’s not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. But I’ll share what you meant to me. . To start, I genuinely believe you were the most graceful cat to ever walk the streets of LA. . You existed in so many worlds at the same time, and the way you transitioned between them so fluidly can only be described as grace. The way you approached major moments, when the world was watching, with poise and maturity – grace. The way you treated everyone with kindness and respect, when no one was watching – grace. I loved watching your interactions with fans and people from the neighborhood. It was deep to hear how much your music and message meant to them. It was profound to see how moved they were to meet you, and equally profound to see your warm reaction to them, every time. Grace. And not for nothing, but every time you stepped out, you were always the flyest in the room. Also grace. . I’m lucky that I got to know you and spend so much time with you. I’m proud that we were business partners and ultimately brothers. I definitely appreciated how special you were while you were here, but I took for granted how much time we’d have to continue building. I figured we’d be building and conquering from now until… I honestly don’t know if there ever would have been an occasion for me to look you in the eyes and tell you I loved you and valued you as a friend, but I did. I do. And I hate that it took this to say it. . There are a lot of well-deserved superlatives being lain at your feet now bro, I’ll lay one more at your altar… You were a giant while you were down here. You towered above the hood. You towered above the City. You towered above your environment and circumstances. And you towered above the old modes of thought that haunt our communities still. . Your life was so big and you had so many incredible things that you were working on, that you have a number of people who will act as good shepherds of your name and work. It’s an honor that I’m a steward of part of your legacy. It’s an honor and a pledge. . Nip tha Great, Love you bro🖤

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DJ Khaled, who worked with Hussle on the Grammy-winning track “Higher,” paid tribute via Instagram.

“Inspiration to all of us,” he wrote. The marathon continues. Long live Nipsey Hussle. Grateful for your friendship #HIGHER, the highest human act is to inspire.”


Fellow Los Angeles natives The Game also shared his thoughts.


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Hu$$le man….. can’t believe it’s been one year since you departed from this krazy world. “Time flies” has an entire different meaning these days. I know you’re proud of what your life’s mission has accomplished in the past 12 months. You have truly touched the hearts of people all around the world. Your face is everywhere… your music is timeless & your words are heard loud & clear. There are newborns named “Ermias” & I can’t get on anything and not see someone quoting you. A true KING to his people with a heart of gold. A pure soul who knew exactly what the world needed for motivation. My only wish is that you could’ve been here to see it all unfold yourself. Here for times like now when people need to be uplifted the most. The ultimate sacrifice: surrendering your life to God so that others would learn that there is much more to life than to care only for ones self. The world is about to hard reset & I’d like to think that you were one of the reasons for what’s to come in the future. A world where we have to think before we act. Care for those around us. Remember the importance of the everyday essentials, clean food, water, herbs & taking care of the most important thing on earth…. HUMANITY. Being forced to stay inside & with those closest to you is not a bad thing in my eyes. Yes, the pandemic is claiming lives & my loves goes out to the families of those lost…. But, I see this as a peaceful time that we will never see again in our lifetime. A time to reflect, empower, strategize & focus on how to make a true impact to what will soon be the new world. Things will never be the same after this & it is on all of us to adapt efficiently & contribute positively for all of us so that we can live in a world as ONE. The earth as we know it is sick… We are all home waiting for what’s next. While we’re waiting, let’s not add to the problem but prepare to be apart of the solution. We all need US. Especially now…. my love is with every single person on this earth during these times. This is the mark of a NEW BEGINNING. I’m ready enough for all of us. #TheMarathonContinues #LongLiveNipseyHussle 🏁 [@madsteez thank you for this piece, can’t wait to hang it]

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“A true king to his people with a heart of gold,” he wrote. “A pure soul who knew exactly what the world needed for motivation. My only wish is that you could’ve been here to see it all unfold yourself.”

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