Nipsey Hussle will be honored in a major way if his Congresswoman has her way.
Yesterday (Apr. 3), Congresswoman Karen Bass tweeted that she’s heading to the Hosue Floor where she’ll formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record.
Bass said that, if her motion is approved, Nipsey Hussle’s contributions will be a part of United States history “forever.”
Bass represents California’s 37th district, which includes Los Angeles, South LA, and Culver City.
This week, the hip-hop community has been mourning the slain Los Angeles rapper, who was gunned down outside of his apparel store Marathon Clothing on Sunday (Mar. 31) in South LA.
Many are reflecting upon how graciously Nipsey Hussle gave back to his community in Los Angeles.
Nipsey Hussle Wanted To Combat Gang Violence In LA
The day after Nipsey Hussle was killed he had been scheduled to meet with LAPD’s Commissioner Steve Soboroff to discuss how LAPD could work with the community to combat gang violence.
“I was ready for the meeting. I was excited for the meeting. Someone wanted to help,” Soboroff said on Tuesday (Apr. 2) during an LAPD press conference about the investigation of Nipsey Hussle’s murder.
LAPD’s Chief of Police, Michel Moore also stated at the press conference that Nipsey Hussle was an individual who posed an opportunity to work through gun violence, which he called a “sickness.” “Nipsey Hussle represents the enormity of the lives that we have lost,” Moore said. “This was a voice that was trying to help and investing in his community.”
Nipsey Hussle Wanted To Bridge The Gap Between Young Creatives in South LA And Opportunities in Silicon Valley
In 2018, a day before the release of his debut album, Victory Lap, Nipsey Hussle launched his co-working space and STEM center, Vector90 in the Crenshaw district of LA.
“Growing up as a kid, I was looking for somebody — not to give me anything — but somebody that cared,” Hussle told the LA Times. “Someone that was creating the potential for change and that had an agenda outside of their own self-interests.”
“I just want to give back in an effective way,” Hussle said.
Nipsey Hussle Loved His Community
The rapper who died at the age of 33 was known to purchase shoes for students, to pay to re-pave basketball courts, freshen up playgrounds, provide jobs and shelter for the homeless, and pay for funerals for those who struggled to bury their loved ones.
Nipsey Hussle also invested in a milelong stretch of permanent and rotating art installations in LA called Destination Crenshaw, helped renovate World of Wheels, a pivotal roller rink that became a home to many West Coast hip-hop artists, and he was working on redeveloping a strip mall into a mixed-use property that would include low-income apartments and be anchored by Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, as the LA Times noted.
Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan