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RIP Nip: Hollywood Kev Weighs In On Nipsey Hussle

Updated: Apr 2, 2019

by Kevin Shaw

On March 31, 2019, the hip-hop community lost an artist, idol, philanthropist and an all around good hearted human. Artistically, we lost someone who has a superb catalog with his first studio album being regarded as a top 10 debut album (my opinion). As a role model, he inspired many to give back love to where they’re from and to always love yourself. He was also someone that worked hard to reach the status in which he achieved and poured back into his community; a community that desperately needed help when their own city turned against them. Nipsey Hussle accomplished so much and took his community, family and friends with him but on that dreadful day, he was called home.

As a fan of his many talents, I personally didn’t know what to think or what to feel. In the past, when I’ve seen people upset on social media over their favorite celeb passing or going through something extreme, I’ve made comments to myself about how corny it was. Today, I have to apologize to those people because I’m now that guy. It hurt me to see somebody I respect be taken not only from me as a fan, but also to be taken from his family. It was completely uncalled for and should’ve never happened. I saw the good in that man not only as a rapper, but as an overall good person. To say that my love for him wasn’t spawned through his music would be a lie. His music hit differently for me than most because for me those lyrics represented me as a black man in America. I can identify with a lot of the “hood” stuff he spoke about because it was my childhood. Hell, some of it I might’ve been going through up until my early 20s. He spoke to my reality but on the flip side, he spoke to my genius through his music. I was able to come to terms with the fact that I can be from the hood and be proud of that. I can also be the smartest person in the room and for that, I have to say thank you to Nipsey Hussle. Through your music, I have came to love that I’m a “hood” genius.

To Ms. London and family, I am so sorry as I’m sure your pain is unimaginable. This was completely unfair and my heart and love is with you. Again, you have my deepest condolences. To the other fans, yes this hurts, it hurts like hell but his death would be in vain if we didn’t continue what he represented. In short, we have to do better and be better because we ARE better. This pain will pass but his memory and what he stood for will live forever through us. We may have run the Victory lap but the marathon continues. REST IN HEAVEN NIP