Rapper gunned down outside store, leaves short but impactful legacy


Rapper Nipsey Hussle sits at an NBA basketball game March 29, 2018. Hussle was shot and killed March 31 outside his clothing store after a confrontation with Eric Holder.

By Peter Zemeske

Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed March 31 outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles. Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Hussle was just 33 years old at the time of his death. Los Angeles Police Department chief Michel Moore said in a news conference Tuesday the shooting stemmed from an altercation between Hussle and 29 year old Eric Holder.

Holder is being held on $5 million bail at the request of the prosecution. Holder pled not guilty to the murder and attempted murder charges through his lawyer, Chris Darden, Thursday. Darden is known for his prosecution work in the infamous 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. Darden says there is still a question of identity in the case, according to an April 4 Associated Press News article.

Hussle’s death has been mourned by fans both on social media and a vigil in front of his Marathon Clothing store which was started April 1. Hussle had released his first studio album “Victory Lap” Feb. 16, 2018 to great critical acclaim. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards.

Hussle’s career was a slow but steady ascent, his debut mixtape “Slauson Boy Volume 1” was released in 2005. He saw success with both his music and his record label, All Money In.