The final day of March, Tuesday (March 31), marked the first anniversary since the devastating loss of hip-hop’s beloved rap artist, community altruist, and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle after he was fatally shot in front of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. Nipsey was 33-years-old
The tragic loss of the Crenshaw-native has continued to weigh heavily on the hearts of those within the hip-hop community. Longtime fans and close friends of the late rapper have found solace in the mementos and wisdom he left behind through interviews, friendly conversations and the example he set as a leader transforming his community. Last night, actress Lauren London took to Instagram where she penned a heartrending tribute to her late partner along with a photo of the two together at his Marathon clothing store. “The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago,” she wrote.
In remembrance of the philanthropist, entrepreneur, and activist, tributes flooded in from across the globe. Compton’s YG, who was a close friend of Nipsey’s, honored him with six dozen roses.
“BIG BRO. WE LOVE YOU. WE MISS YOU,” he wrote. “6 dozen of roses. 6 1942’s. 6 of yo real loved 1s.”
West Coast rap icon Snoop Dogg also shared a clip from Nipsey’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood interview where he explained why he turned down the opportunity to portray Snoop in Straight Outta Compton. “I studied branding and one of those laws is you don’t walk in no great man’s shoes,” the late rapper proclaimed. Big Boy also shared the clip on his official Instagram page, writing “Wise words being spoken!!!”
T.I., Fat Joe, and Meek Mill were among the numerous rap luminaries that took to social media to send up their regards to their slain brother-in-rhyme. See how they honored Nipsey Hussle and his legacy below:
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