Today would have been the 34th birthday of Slauson’s fallen angel and rap luminary Nipsey Hussle, and memories are being shared all over social media by Nip’s fans and loved ones alike. But Atlanta trap pioneer T.I. went above and beyond to wish his late brother-in-rhyme a happy birthday with a touching tribute.
The hip-hop mogul hosted a private event in Atlanta where he unveiled a specially-curated art installation on Wednesday (Aug. 14). The three-piece artwork immortalized Nipsey’s short-yet-prolific legacy and his undeniable impact on hip-hop as a beacon. The moving installation paid homage to Nipsey’s Los Angeles roots while illustrating the brother, father, friend, son and hero he was to many.
The centerpiece of newly-added installation was a nod to Nipsey’s Grammy-nominated Victory Lap album. Atlanta muralists Dizzy and Quake re-created Nip’s first and only studio release with a bench area.
Also featured was an angelic portrait of Nipsey created by New York artist Brian Kirhagis, also known as BK The Artist. In the painting, a halo etched with all that he cherished is wrapped around a silhouette of Nipsey.
Perhaps the most moving piece was a framed blue and red Crenshaw jersey, an enduring symbol of Nipsey’s stride towards changing gang culture in LA.
The installation will permanently reside at the Trap Music Museum. Check out photos from the event below.
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