From the New York Times opinion page:
Nipsey Hussle Loved His Blackness
His story is so compelling because love was at the core of his beliefs and behavior.
By Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. Dyson is a contributing opinion writer.
He’s also a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown U.
April 12, 2019
“How you die 30-something after banging all them years?”
Nipsey Hussle posed that question about a fallen colleague on a song released about a month before he met a similar fate. After his friend died, the ex-gangbanger Hussle said he took to the “sauna sheddin’ tears/All this money, power, fame and I can’t make you reappear.”
Hussle loved and embraced his blackness, a blackness that was bigger than the sum of its intriguing parts. …
He was every bit the unapologetic patron of Slauson, Crenshaw and South Central Los Angeles. But he also embraced his East African roots in his father’s homeland of Eritrea when he was 18. Hussle, his brother and his father made another pilgrimage to Eritrea in 2018 that gave him renewed inspiration for his reverse-gentrification Husslenomics: Own your master recordings, master your own entrepreneurial terrain, recycle capital in the hood by reinvesting earnings back into the people who inspired your art.
Hussle also embodied the trans-Atlantic routes of black identity — the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness. It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.
“Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”
“Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
We both smiled. We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up. We discussed Hussle’s journey from gangbanging to hip hop, but especially our unblushing love for black culture. …
Each day since Hussle’s death, more of his words surface like Dead Sea Scrolls and shed light on the secular scriptures he spat in rhyme. …
For those of you who are insufficiently Hussle Aware, the BBC offers a primer:
Nipsey Hussle “represent change, im represent evolution, im represents everytin our culture needs to embrace”
Na wetin P. Diddy tok for im tribute to di 33 year old Grammy nominated rapper wey die from multiple gunshot in front of him clothing shop wey him call Marathon Clothing.
1.Di rapper get him roots for Africa
Nipsey Hussle wey him real name be na Ermias Davidson Asghedom be Eritrean-born American as him papa na from di North African country of Eritrea and him mama na America.
2.Hussle don tok about him history for gang and he dey work to end gang violence
Nipsey Hussle don tok plenty times about him history as member of Los Angeles gang, Rollin 60s wey be one of di major gangs for di city.
Since den, di rapper don dey campaign against gang violence and dey steady dey involve wit community projects wey fit improve di life of di young pipo wey dey live for him community. …
Social media still dey go gaga afta tori land since Sunday evening say African-American rapper Nipsey Hussle die for gunshot. …