Nipsey Hussle would have been 34 years young today but his legacy is a lifetime’s worth of hustle and drive that continues to empower communities. Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, died March 31, 2019, outside his Crenshaw shop, Marathon Clothing. In the wake of his death, he became a bigger icon in the L.A. community than he already was in life. His major-label debut album “Victory Lap,” was up for a Grammy for Best Rap album earlier this year but despite his success and acclaim he never forgot about his community or his roots.
“I’m not a preacher or none of that, you know,” Nipsey Hussle told Current TV in an interview. But “whenever I talk to my homeboys, I tell ‘em, like, ‘Yeah, man, you know this [hustling] ain’t about nothing. What we doin’ out here is a stepping stone to get to something legitimate.’”
As he was coming up, he sold only 1,000 copies of his 2013 mixtape Crenshaw for $100 each and Jay-Z saw early on that this was something big and bought 100 copies. This was just one indicator of big things to come but the neighborhood Nipsey Hussle loved that inspired that mixtape was also the place of his tragic demise.
The first line off Victory Lap: “I’m prolific, so gifted / I’m the type that’s gon’ go get” sets off the tone not only for the album but for his life. His drive continues to be a source of inspiration and on Nipsey Hussle’s birthday, we’ve compiled 7 of his best motivational quotes.