From one hip-hop luminary to another, rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris helped BET present Los Angeles rapper and our fallen brother Nipsey Hussle with the 2019 BET Humanitarian Award.
Born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, Nipsey was more than just another artist who waxed poetic about his ‘hood and the drug enterprise. A father of two, devoted partner and activist, Nipsey was a man who worked to end gang violence and who emerged a community leader and organizer.
He is remembered not only for his eminence in rap with mixtapes like Mailbox Money and his Grammy-nominated debut Victory Lap, but for his work in STEM and for laying a blueprint for Black entrepreneurship.
“He was a leader well beyond his years,” T.I. echoed before an audience filled with the late rapper’s closest family and loved ones, including Nip’s longtime love Lauren London.
“I just want to thank you guys for the love and support, the marathon continues again,” reiterated London while accepting the award. “Thank you for your prayers and your love,” added Nipsey’s mother.
“I was amazed at how much love was out in the world for him,” said Nipsey’s grandmother in a room full of people that were driven to tears. “Nipsey you’ve done your job, you have left your mark.”
Nipsey Hussle was gunned down on March 31, 2019 outside of his Marathon Clothing store in his native South Central, LA. The untimely death of the west coast legend sent shock waves through the hip-hop community, impacting the lives of fellow recording artists, activists an educators.
Long live Nipsey Hussle. The marathon continues.