One of the most shocking and tragic deaths to hit the hip-hop industry in a while has to be that of the Grammy-nominated, revolutionary, Nipsey Hussle. The entire country was shook on some level by the news, and it has sparked a series of grieving and positive impacts alike. One of the most recent direct results of Nipsey’s murder came when rivaling gangs marched alongside each other this past weekend as a sign of respect for the late rapper.
Many artists within the industry have spoken on Nipsey, his impact, and the loss that his death is for everyone in the hip-hop industry. Fellow Los Angeles native and artist Jhené Aiko has gone as far as to postpone the release of her new music out of respect for Nipsey. Jhené collaborated with Nipsey on the music video for her track “Never Call Me.” She revealed her plans to postpone her music via Instagram, in response to a fan asking when they can expect new music. She replied:
“Out of respect for Nipsey, I will be postponing the release of the new music I planned on releasing this month, until I feel the time is right. I want to take this time to remember and reflect on the life of the legendary Nipsey Hussle. Thank you for understand. Long live NH.”
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The funeral procession, and celebration of Nipsey’s life and impact are set to take place this Thursday (4/11). The ceremony will span 25 miles of South Los Angeles, passing his store, Marathon Clothing, on the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw. His casket will be present for the service, and will be displayed in the Staples Center during the memorial service. The casket will then be transported throughout the city, closing off at the funeral home in the Crenshaw district.