Rapper Nipsey Hustle was gunned down outside of his store, Marathon Clothing, in L.A. on Sunday. Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was an influential mixtape rapper from Crenshaw, with his debut studio album, “Victory Lap” having been nominated for a 2019 Grammy.
NBA players responded in real time as news broke of shots being fired outside Hussle’s store, and it wasn’t immediately clear if those hurt included the rapper. As the afternoon went on, reports came that Hussle had indeed been hit, and that he’d been pronounced dead at the hospital.
When news hit, NBAers took to social media to express their sorrow.
Hussle was part of the team behind Destination Crenshaw, a museum honoring African-American artistic achievement. Hussle was 33 years old at the time of his death.