Nipsey Hussle, a well loved rapper artist from the west coast of America was unfortunately, shot dead on Sunday 31 March 2019 outside hes own clothing store; Marathon. There many tragic things in this story but, I would like to focus on the positive aspects of his life.
Nipsey Hussle is what some would call; a rose growing out of rocky ground. He is from what is known as the Concrete jungle.
Born to an African American mother and an Eritrean father,
Nipsey grew up in a rough neighbourhood in a part of south Los Angeles called, Crenshaw. There are accounts that he dropped out of high-school and became part of the Rollin60’s, -a sub-group of the larger Crips gang, at the tender age of 14. Unfortunately, like many young African American boys dropped out from the High School system, he went on to experience the judicial system. – A life cycle that involves crime, violence and prison.
However, a disadvantaged background and mistakes made in his younger life, didn’t stop Nipsey from pursuing and accomplishing his dreams. In doing so, Nipsey managed to turn his life around.
Ermias Joseph Asghedom aka Nipsey Hussle, became a rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and community activist .
Nipsey Hussle created a clothing line brazen with the words Crenshaw on it.In honour of hes neighbourhood. A Clothing store which was the idea of hes big brother.Who when he came out of Jail , was selling socks and t-shirt on the side walk. Only to have them confiscated by black prison officer and was told to go ,get shop and pay taxes. And that was exactly what Nipsey and hes older brother did.The story is told by Worldstarhiphop documentary below
This negative experience they had, was the catalyst for them to build a empire , they created record label ALL MONEY MATTERS ,a barber shop , Moblie phone shop .They opened a Fishmongers shop helping the neighbourhood inhabits get healthy diet at affordable cost. And manage to inspire and help others from similar backgrounds to there.
Nipsey Hussle and hes brother employ felons who would otherwise struggle to find work . Nipsey Hussle music also reflects, hes thinking of turning negative in to positive. A lesson we are need to learn in life.Hes song Rap Niggas , he talks of being self made and being black man who owns hes own record label ALL MONEY aka Black Economics
Black Economics is cornerstone of any self empowerment for people of African descent in Africa and in diaspora .I salute Ermias Joseph Asghedom aka Nipsey Hussle for hes contribution and inspiring millions of people of African descent around the world .To do for Self. You will be more famous in death then alive but you will actually inspire millions more.Its bitter sweet.
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