Nipsey Hussle: Grammy-nominated US rapper shot dead in Los Angeles

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Grammy-nominated US rapper Nipsey Hussle has reportedly been shot in Los Angeles, multiple news outlets report.

He was aged 33.

Nipsey Hussey, whose real name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, was nominated for Best Rap Album for Victory Lap, his first formal album that finally dropped last February after six years of teasing, but lost out to rap’s woman of the moment Cardi B.

He died Sunday after a shooting in Los Angeles near a clothing store he was associated with, according to a high-ranking law enforcement official with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Two people, who were also hurt in the shoot out are said to be in stable condition, police say.

The shooter is still at large.

Just hours earlier, Nipsey Hussle had tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

Long part of the underground rap circuit, the 33-year-old rapper struggled to find fame but began selling his own mixtapes, which hip-hop royalty Jay-Z once bought 100 of for $100 each.

He was also a community organiser and was involved with the Destination Crenshaw arts project.

 

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