As the nation continues to mourn the loss of one of hip-hop's most prolific artists, Los Angeles is making sure that the man who left a mark on the world becomes a landmark in his city.
Yesterday, it was announced that the late and great Nipsey Hussle would have a street named after him in his hometown of South Central L.A.
Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson made the reveal on Tuesday (April 9), confirming that the popular intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue would officially be called "Ermias 'Nipsey Hussle' Asghedom Square." The location of the intersection is adjacent to Nipsey's flagship Marathon Store, where the 33-year-old rapper was fatally shot a week prior.
In an official statement detailing Nipsey's contributions to both music and society, Councilman Harris-Dawson referred to Nipsey as "a light."
"Ermias Asghedom, known as 'Nipsey Hussle,' was an icon and West Coast hero. Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with, from family, friends, fans and his larger community," the Councilman stated.
He then went on to discuss the Grammy-nominated artist's philanthropic efforts, which also included being a founding member of South L.A.'s 'Destination Crenshaw.'
"As a father, brother and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations," he continued. "Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound, his numerous philanthropic efforts, his innovative, community-focused business mindset, and his humble heart. "
Shortly after news circulated of Nipsey's death, a petition to get the intersection named in his honor immediately circulated, receiving over half a million signatures to date.
Nipsey's family has come forward to discuss the impact of the rapper's loss in in their lives, including his brother Samiel Asghedom and his long-time partner, actress Lauren London. Most recently Nipsey's mother, Angelique Smith, offered up some inspiring words to fans and supporters about coming to peace with her son's death as well.
Tomorrow (April 11) a public Celebration of Life service for Nipsey will be held at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles. The service, which will be open to the public, will begin at 10 a.m.
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