The Marathon continues.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Nipsey Hussle’s death. In celebration of his life, the hip-hop community has taken to social media to remember the Crenshaw icon, who was gunned down outside of his Marathon Clothing store on March 31, 2019.
But his legacy is very much alive. Nipsey won two posthumous Grammys in January and murals have been painted across his hometown in his honor, while rival gangs have come together in the aftermath of his death.
His peers continue to celebrate his lasting impact on hip-hop and his community including The Game, who penned a lengthy tribute to his friend. “Hu$$le man….. can’t believe it’s been one year since you departed from this krazy world,” said the Compton MC. “I know you’re proud of what your life’s mission has accomplished in the past 12 months. You have truly touched the hearts of people all around the world. Your face is everywhere… your music is timeless & your words are heard loud & clear.”
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Hu$$le man….. can’t believe it’s been one year since you departed from this krazy world. “Time flies” has an entire different meaning these days. I know you’re proud of what your life’s mission has accomplished in the past 12 months. You have truly touched the hearts of people all around the world. Your face is everywhere… your music is timeless & your words are heard loud & clear. There are newborns named “Ermias” & I can’t get on anything and not see someone quoting you. A true KING to his people with a heart of gold. A pure soul who knew exactly what the world needed for motivation. My only wish is that you could’ve been here to see it all unfold yourself. Here for times like now when people need to be uplifted the most. The ultimate sacrifice: surrendering your life to God so that others would learn that there is much more to life than to care only for ones self. The world is about to hard reset & I’d like to think that you were one of the reasons for what’s to come in the future. A world where we have to think before we act. Care for those around us. Remember the importance of the everyday essentials, clean food, water, herbs & taking care of the most important thing on earth…. HUMANITY. Being forced to stay inside & with those closest to you is not a bad thing in my eyes. Yes, the pandemic is claiming lives & my loves goes out to the families of those lost…. But, I see this as a peaceful time that we will never see again in our lifetime. A time to reflect, empower, strategize & focus on how to make a true impact to what will soon be the new world. Things will never be the same after this & it is on all of us to adapt efficiently & contribute positively for all of us so that we can live in a world as ONE. The earth as we know it is sick… We are all home waiting for what’s next. While we’re waiting, let’s not add to the problem but prepare to be apart of the solution. We all need US. Especially now…. my love is with every single person on this earth during these times. This is the mark of a NEW BEGINNING. I’m ready enough for all of us. #TheMarathonContinues #LongLiveNipseyHussle 🏁 [@madsteez thank you for this piece, can’t wait to hang it]
DJ Khaled honored his “Higher” collaborator with a heartfelt message: “Bless up @nipseyhussle 🤲🏽 ICON @nipseyhussle INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US 🌎 THE MARATHON CONTINUES LONG LIVE 👑 @nipseyhussle 🙏🏽 Grateful for your friendship #HIGHER THE HIGHEST HUMAN ACT IS TO INSPIRE.”
Bino Rideaux has dedicated a song to Nip called “Pride 2 the Side.” On the Auto-Tuned track, he gets emotional as he remembers his fallen friend. “Real pain, real emotion, and most importantly real stories in this record, it’s been a whole year since we lost our brother..shit will never be the same #LLNH FOREVER!” wrote Bino, who collaborated with Nipsey on 2017’s joint mixtape No Pressure.
Others including Meek Mill, Jeezy, T.I., and his “Racks in the Middle” collaborator Roddy Ricch have also paid homage to Neighborhood Nip with heartfelt tributes on social media. Read some of their messages below.
ALL MONEY IN FOREVER 💙
— Roddy Ricch (@RoddyRicch) March 31, 2020