"I still got a cold library of books that I've either read or I plan on getting to." Nipsey Hussle
I understand that for some, because he's a black male, with tattoos, a rapper etc and fits your "I don't give a shit about these people" stereotype. I understand that for some, just looking at him you deep down are glad "another thug" is gone. I understand that because he's not an "All-American" looking female victim, you won't blink twice at a senseless death. I get it, that IF he looked the total opposite that America's heart would be in pain, but instead we get the "why does HE matter?" question.
"Thought is powerful in all phases. Even in my career, even in my life,
things end up exactly how I visualized them." - Nipsey Hussle
He IS the definition of someone doing their best to not only live their best life, but be a business man, a smart man who understood an asset from a liability.
He sold 1000 mix-tapes for $100 each, profits that went to starting his independent record label. He was set to meet with LAPD to figure out a way to help end gang-violence. He was creating a housing systems for the less fortunate. He also has an amazing clothing brand MARATHON, which is where he was shot dead in front of.
He's an investor, a father, a lover, a son, a friend. He understood that this life was short and you needed to maximize your time here on this planet. He was one of the best artists out there. His lyrics spoke truth. His interviews spoke life. His smile made you smile. His energy was infectious.
"You'e got to have faith in what you're doing and not take no for an answer" Nipsey Hussle
For me, it hit hard because we're around the same age. I understood what he was doing and the moves he was making. He was a man to respect and one who fed into those who wanted to listen and learn. He's always been one of my favorite artists and will remain as such. Not to mention the encounters we had and motivation he gave me to keep going will always stick with me.
Many speculate that his death was no coincidence. Seeing how he was working on a documentary about Dr.Sebi , a man who proclaimed to find the cure for HIV/AIDS. Others are tying that too the death of Lisa Left-Eye Lopez from TLC, who died in a car crash after speaking out about Dr.Sebi's discoveries. Let's not be sidetracked and fall into the trap of distraction. This case, is NOT the time for a conspiracy theory.
"I just believe in ownership.. I believe in investing in yourself.." Nipsey Hussle.
To be mourned by the Crips, Bloods, Cops, Political Figures and across the world means you're one bad mother f***er.
One thing that will always remain that NO ONE can erase is his legacy. Nipsey Hussle is an icon.