Nipsey Hussle’s Family Speaks Out, “He Was A Protector”
It has been a week since we lost rapper and community leader Nipsey Hussle, and many of us are still dealing with the shock of this tragedy.
Following his death, the LA Times reported that his loved-ones gathered at his grandmother’s house to remember him. His mother Angelique Smith recalls that her son, born Ermias Asghedom had been gifted as a child.
“He recognized at an early age his own capability,” she said to The Times. “His own potential. He has always known.”
“I would like for him to be remembered as a humble, spirited, respectful man who had, since his childhood, had an extraordinary and unlimited intellectual capacity.” Mourners have been flocking to pay their respects, but Angelique said she often comforts them while “chasing away the spirit of fear and grief … retaliation and anger. I’ve been at perfect peace.”
The rest of his family had great things to say about the man Nipsey was and how they have been coping with his death. Many have shown an outpour of love to his loved ones, including his longtime love Lauren London.
“He was a protector and wanted us to be our best at all times. He was a truth seeker and truth speaker.” Lauren said of Nipsey. “I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest. He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first.”
His father Dawit spoke highly of his son,
“It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that’s what his lyrics were saying, always. He’s not shy to tell the truth even though it might not look good. He wasn’t scared of anything. [God] sent him to send a message. It looks like, ‘Your time is up because you have completed what I sent you to do.’ We all have a plan, but God has his own plan. So he had completed what he needed to be doing and he did it early so [God] probably want to take him early too.”
His brother, Samiel Asghedom, who rushed to. Nipsey’s side following the shooting said,
“There’s a lot of politics within the area that we grew up in, but he stayed the course and showed what he was about. He made something work in an area that was run-down, that people were scared to come to, and he turned it into a landmark.”
Let’s continue to keep his family in our prayers and remember the legacy he left behind.