Rap music gave way to a somber silence as students gathered on Wednesday night in the Pit to hold a vigil mourning the death of rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Born by the name of Ermias Ashgedom, the California rapper known to the world as Nipsey Hussle died after being shot outside his Los Angeles clothing store on Sunday, March 31. Blending his African heritage with the streets of inner-city Los Angeles, Hussle grew to be a respected rapper whose 2018 album Victory Lap was nominated for the Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.
To the students who came to pay their respects, the impact Hussle made on others matters to them just as much as the flow of his beats do.
“I see the value that was shining through in his music as well as what he was doing in the community,” junior Yacob Laine said. “So for me, it is kind of a case of we both move in a lot of different ways trying to see how we can give back.”
The community Hussle embraced extended well past the neighborhoods of L.A. Hussle’s father is from the African country of Eritrea, a tiny and war-torn nation neighboring Ethiopia. The vigil held on Wednesday was organized by the Eritrean and Ethiopian Tribe, a student group made to celebrate Eritrean and Ethiopian culture.