According to a report from TMZ, suspicions of an attack on late hip-hop artist Nipsey Hussle lingered days before his death on Sunday (March 31), and his team was already beefing up protection for the 33-year-old.
The site states that the Thursday prior to the shooting that devastatingly claimed Nipsey’s life, he was on set in Inglewood, California for a music video with DJ Khaled and R&B soulster John Legend. TMZ’s sources reportedly shared that his team was deeply concerned for his safety at the set, and even attempted to lock down strict security on the parking structure they were shooting the video on top of.
With strict access only for those working the set.
They’d only booked the top two floors of the garage, however, and people were still able to park in the spaces below the area. If you’ll recall, Legend tweeted about his presence at the shoot where he said they “filmed in Inglewood, close to where [Nipsey] grew up.”
“I had the honor to meet Nipsey on this video shoot with Dj Khaled just a couple days ago,” he reminisced of the set. “He was a good soul. We were excited about this shoot.”
As reported from TMZ’s sources, things fortunately proceeded without incident at the shoot, though the production team hired 10 armed police officers with concerns for Nipsey’s safety. TMZ specifically states that, “It’s unclear why, but we’re told they were scared someone would try sneaking on set and killing him.” Currently, no one from Nipsey's camp or others involved in the music video shoot has confirmed or responded to these reports.
As the hip-hop and L.A. community mourns, BET continues to respect the privacy of Nipsey Hussle's family and friends as we keep them lifted in prayer during this time.
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