South Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle was laid to rest Thursday (April 11) after a funeral at the Staples Center during which several loved ones reflected on the MC and community leader. Longtime girlfriend Lauren London read a moving text message exchange between them written shortly before his passing, and back tears as she remembered his legacy in front of thousands of fans and supporters.
Shortly after the service, the ATL actress took to Instagram to reveal a large tattoo of the Victory Lap artist on her right forearm captioned with “Real Love Never Dies. When you see me, you will always see him #LoveYouHussle #TMC.”
Hussle’s birthname, Ermias, translates to “God Will Rise” in the Eritrean language of Tigrinya. Hussle’s father is Eritrean, and his mother is African-American.
London later posted a photo of them together at the 2019 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch in Los Angeles, writing, “King Ermias! Love you forever and even after that.”
Tributes to the Grammy-nominated MC and prayers for his family have been posted by a slew of notable names, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake, LeBron James, Ava DuVernay, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The entertainer and entrepreneur was gunned down on March 31 in the parking lot of his clothing store, The Marathon, in South Central Los Angeles. Eric Holder, 29, has been arrested and charged with firing the shots that killed the rapper and injured two others.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.