The hip-hop community was rocked Sunday evening after news broke that rapper, entrepreneur and community activist Nipsey Hussle was killed. The 33-year-old was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing Store in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Crisis Response Team tweeted Sunday, “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle. Our Mayor’s Crises Response Team has responded to this tragedy. We are now consoling and offering support to the family. Our prayers are with them and all those who knew and loved Nipsey Hussle.”
Since the announcement, an outpouring of support, love and affection has come through from celebrities. Tributes have been all over social media from artists like Rihanna, to athletes including LeBron James, all honoring Nipsey Hussle’s musical legacy and advocacy efforts.
Rihanna shared, “This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! I’m so sorry this happened to you.”
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! 💔🙏🏿— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
The Los Angeles Lakers also grieved the loss on Twitter:
Artist. Activist. Angeleno.— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 1, 2019
L.A. mourns the loss of one of our own, Nipsey Hussle. pic.twitter.com/7DovnRkayn
“prayers go out to Nipsey man,” Khalid tweeted.
prayers go out to Nipsey man— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) April 1, 2019
Meek Mill wrote, “Broke me.... we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired prayers for my brother and his family.”
Broke me.... we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level of hatred that we are born in .. I’m tired 🙏🏾 prayers for my brother and his family— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 1, 2019
John Legend conveyed his shock, sharing that he just recently spent time with the late rapper filming a video for a new song.
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he's gone so soon.— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
Kehlani wrote, “heartbroken and speechless god bless your beautiful family just spoke about working...
a community legend. a humble king... forreal. ah this don’t feel real. wow.”
heartbroken and speechless— Kehlani (@Kehlani) April 1, 2019
god bless your beautiful family
just spoke about working...
a community legend. a humble king... forreal. ah this don’t feel real. wow.
Issa Rae wrote, “Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.”
Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community. This hurts.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 1, 2019
LeBron James expressed his sadness through a heartfelt tweet.
😥😥😥😥😥😥‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019
Nick Cannon remembered Nipsey with an Instagram post. “Your message is my message!” a portion of his caption read.
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And the Lord said, “Job well done my son..” @nipseyhussle King this is how I want to remember you! Laughing! Smiling! I ain’t slept yet, thinking about our conversations! Real ones from a real one! And I’m gonna say this only for the real ones to recognize. Where you left off, we gonna carry one! It’s a MARATHON, so I’m picking up the baton! Because they can’t kill us all! Spiritual Warfare is REAL and in full effect. And now your Spirit is protecting your community eternally! Your words, your steps, your walk always was and always will be SOLID! Now, Your message is my message! Your work is my work! I know you still rocking with us and your voice will never be silenced, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Most High! So now that you are at Peace don’t Rest... Keep leading... Keep Shining King! Cosmic Love My Brotha! 🙏🏾✊🏾
Hussle is survived by longtime girlfriend Lauren London and his two children. Our thoughts and prayers are with Nipsey Hussle’s loved ones.