By Paul Anthony
When we think of rap music, what do we think about? We think of people who are clever enough to rhythm words together and tell a story while they do it. When we also think of rappers we think of gangs and people who won’t think twice about hitting someone. But with that being said we intend to forget that they are people as well. Sunday the rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away but more importantly the man Ermias Joesph Asghedom passed away. You would think I am talking about two people but I am really just talking about one person.
Not too many rappers give back to the community in which they came from but Nipsey did. Ermias Joesph Asghedom was born on August 15th, 1985 and was raised in Crenshaw neighborhood of south Los Angeles. There he went to school and shined and even asked if he could be tested to join his school’s gifted program. Sadly like many youths in his area he went on to join a gang. He joined the local Rollin 60’s neighborhood gang which is part of the crips. He began to rap and by 2005 he was sending out mixtapes and finally in 2018 he had his debut album and was actually even nominated for best rap album at this past year’s grammy awards. Asghedom started to go by his stage name when a friend of his called him Nipsey Hussel which is play from a comic Nipsey Russell. But now it is sad to say the past year of his life was the best and now it is over.
Once he got the fame and money he started to give back which says a lot about his true character. he even went to officials of the LAPD to set up a meeting with trying to end Gang violence. it came to an end when 29 year Eric Holder shot him three times with one of those shots was at his head. When Eric was arrested the police found out that he shot Nipsey because they got into a personal dispute just a few hours earlier.
Sad to say that a guy who was trying to end violence in his neighborhood gets gunned down in front of his own store. he leaves behind a child, a girlfriend, a mother and father and a brother, he was a family man. I may not listen to his music but from what I read he was the rapper that we needed in the rap game. I am sure Nipsey you will be missed !!