Hussle Done Good for the Hood
Nipsey was more movement than music and his philanthropy work is being more and more recognised after his death on Sunday.
In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw, Nipsey Hussle was known for his passionate work giving back to his community where he grew up, and creating opportunities for people less fortunate.
His Marathon Store on W. Slauson Ave, opened in 2017 and is staffed by residents from the area. It’s a clothing store which offers a new way to shop, using the app, and gives shoppers a visual experience while in store.
He was murdered a day before he was scheduled to meet the Los Angeles Police Department and representatives of Jay-Z’s entertainment agency, Roc Nation, to discuss combating gang violence.
Last year, Nipsey launched his Too Big To Fail initiative in collaboration with Vector 90, the center, partly dedicated to calling attention to the lack of diversity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
The hope is to serve as a conduit between underrepresented groups and corporate partners in Silicon Valley and beyond.
In addition to this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) initiative, Nipsey was involved in other community projects including the new Destination Crenshaw arts project, an open-air museum, and outdoor art and culture centre celebrating Black Los Angeles.
Hussle donated shoes to an elementary school in Crenshaw and funded the renovation of the school’s playground and basketball courts. He also owned several businesses and often gave jobs to struggling and homeless residents.
According to his various radio interviews, Hussle planned to release a documentary about healthy eating via the teachings of Dr Sebi, who was a Honduran herbalist and self-proclaimed healer.
Sebi claimed to cure all disease with herbs and a unique vegan diet based on various pseudoscience claims.
You’re nobody ’til somebody kills you.” – Biggie Smalls