When Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed on Sunday outside of his store in Los Angeles, his death sent shockwaves through the music industry and beyond.
Nipsey was known for his work in the black community. He worked to revitalize the community with new real estate developments, and he was also investing in education for young people.
In October, Nipsey and G Eazy surprised the Desert Pines Basketball team.
“I remember being a kid and how important shoes were. You got some brand-new shoes that you didn’t expect given to you,” Nipsey Hussle said at the time. “That’s big, especially in high school.”
Through a partnership with Puma, Nipsey Hussle and G Eazy gave every player on the Desert Pines High School basketball team a signed pair of the Clyde Court Disrupts.
“I was expecting something else different, like we get doughnuts or something,” laughed Semaj Chreats.
The level of self-awareness that Nipsey exuded inspired many people. He encouraged fans to invest in real estate rather than jewelry.
“I was excited because I’ve always looked up to Nipsey,” said Laronte Dorsey. “So me, seeing my idol, it was pretty cool.”
It was a moment the team will never forget especially because of what happened just six months later.
“He took time out of his life and gave back to the community, so it was sad,” said Cimaron Conriquez.
Nipsey was changing the community.
After visiting Desert Pines High School, Hussle and G Eazy went to the Doolittle Community Center where they left several pairs of sneakers for the center’s basketball team.
A 29-year-old man whom Hussle had an argument with earlier in the day has been charged with his murder.
On Thursday night, more than two hundred people gathered at the M.L.K statue on Carey Ave. to mourn his untimely death.