The untimely murder of Nipsey Hussle, birth name, Ermias Asghedom transformed me. From shock to anger to grief to sadness to purpose—all these mark the stages that end with this impromptu major collaborative project, The Nipsey Hussle Edition.
We hear about celebrities dying pretty often, and I always do the same thing. Call my cousin, say, “damn that’s too bad” then reflect on what their career meant or didn’t mean in my life, and move on. It takes all of three minutes.
When I first heard the news about Nipsey Hussle, I had no idea who he was. As a 43-year-old white Jewish guy from Chattanooga, Tennessee, my music taste teeters between dad rock and whatever my elementary-school-aged boys are listening to.