Only a few weeks after his only studio album, Victory Lap, was up for Best Rap Album at the 61st Grammy Awards, West Coast rapper Nipsey Hussle (real name: Ermias Ashgedom) has died at age 33, after being shot outside his South Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon Clothing, on Sunday afternoon.
Although Victory Lap, which debuted at No. 4 last year on the Billboard 200, was Hussle’s only official studio album, he was already a hip-hop legend, having released 12 hugely popular mixtapes over the past 13 years, including the Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The MarathonContinues, and Crenshaw. In 2010, he was one of the XXL magazine’s “Annual Freshman Top Ten,” and the L.A. Weeklydeclared him the “next big L.A. MC.” Over the course of his career, Hussle collaborated with Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Tyga, Rick Ross, Lloyd, and
Trey Songz, among many others.
Hussle also occasionally took on acting roles, appearing in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s semi-autobiographical 2007 film I Tried, 2010’s Caged Animal, and the pilot episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in 2015. Hussle, who was born and raised in the Crenshaw neighborhood of South L.A., also worked as a local community organizer