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We discuss the music and community impact of South LA’s own Nipsey Hussle




Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Rapper Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot last night in front of his clothing store in South LA’s Crenshaw neighborhood, the same neighborhood in which he was born. He was 33 years old.

Earlier this year, Hussle received a Grammy nomination for his album “Victory Lap.” Hussle, who had two children and was engaged to actress Lauren London, was an Eritrean-American whose real name was Ermias Asghedom.  Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff tweeted that he and Police Chief Michel Moore were set to meet with Hustle today to “talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids.”

We discuss Hussle’s music, as well as his work in South L.A.’s community. If you were affected by his music and work, give us a call at 866-893-5722.

With files from the Associated Press

Guests:

Emily Elena Dugdale, reporter for KPCC; she has been reporting from outside Nipsey Hussle’s store, The Marathon Clothing, in the Crenshaw District in South L.A. talking to mourners

Ben Caldwell, community partner at Destination Crenshaw, an outdoor art and cultural event that celebrates Black Los Angeles co-organized by Nipsey Hussle, and filmmaker with L.A. Rebellion Filmmaking Group, a collective of African and African-American filmmakers who came out of UCLA’s film department from the 60s-80s

Mesfin Fekadu, music editor for The Associated Press; he tweets @MusicMesfin



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