It was just a year ago that the world tragically lost Nipsey Hussle. Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom on this day, the hip hop community is taking the time to wish the Grammy Award-winning rapper a happy birthday. He would have turned 35.
Nip had an undeniable impact within the music industry as an independent artist and an even greater impact within his hometown of Los Angeles.
In 2017, he opened the Marathon Clothing store as a way to inspire the youth and give back to the place where he grew up. Additionally, as a staunch advocate for diversity in the technology space Nip opened up Vector 90, a co-working office STEM education center in his neighborhood, right before the release of his platinum-selling debut album Victory Lap.
His music was nothing less than motivational. He provided a crucial blueprint for burgeoning artists to take after when he priced his Crenshaw mixtape for $100 and later, his Mailbox Money tape at $1000.
Tanisha Foster, the mother of his daughter Emani, shared a photo of herself with him on her Instagram account to mark the day.
“Screaming happy cake day to you my love wish u were here so I could celebrate with you muah I LOVE YOU ERMY,” the caption read.
The late rapper was born Ermias Asghedom.His girlfriend, actress Lauren London, also paid tribute on Instagram.”We should encourage and inspire today because that is how Hussle lived his life,” she wrote.
Other tributes flooded social media Thursday.