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Drake Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle as Music Industry Reacts to Rapper’s Death

News of the death of Nipsey Hussle hit the music industry hard on Sunday afternoon, with fellow artists like Drake and Rihanna jumping on social media to pay tribute. Drake, who wrote that he saw Hussle “as a man of respect and a don,” also revealed that the two had planned to do a song together this summer.

The Los Angeles rapper, who was shot multiple times outside his store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, was only 33. The shooting, which injured two others, took place outside the Marathon Clothing Company, which Hussle (real name: Ermias Davidson Ashedom) opened in 2017 with two partners. His album “Victory Lap,” released last year via Atlantic Records, was nominated for best rap album at the Grammy Awards, losing to Cardi B’s “Invasion of Privacy.”

Among those paying tribute to Hussle were some of the top artists and hitmakers working today, like Sza, Chance the Rapper, Meek Mill, Chuck D, Boi-1da, Doc Mckinney, and Murda Beatz.

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UR HUSLE AMBITION FOCUS & WORK ETHIC WAS PASSED IMPRESSIVE TO ME , AS ARTIST WE HAVE OUR OWN LIVES SCHEDULES ETC GOING ON SO WE A LOT OF TIMES DONT CONNECT WITH THE ONES WE TRY AND CONNECT WITH HOW WE WANT TO CONNECT WITH THEM WE USED TO ALWAYS CHOP IT ABOUT LINKING AND KEPT MISSING EACH OTHER HERE OR THERE SINCE THE LAST TIME WE LOCKED IN, NOW ITS TOO LATE TO DO THAT HERE ON EARTH MY BROTHER , BUT I KNOW WE WILL ONE DAY MEET AGAIN, WE WEREN’T EVER TOO REAL TO LET EACH OTHER KNOW THE RESPECT WE HAD FOR ONE ANOTHER AND HAD HELLA ILL CONVOS ABOUT MUTAL GOALS THOUGHT WE HAD MORE TIME TO BUILD BUT I’M GREATFUL FOR THE TIMES WE DID MAJOR SALUTES WHAT U LAID DOWN OUT HERE, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN #LLNIPHUSSLE 💔🕊🙏🏾

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And the greater music industry expressed its shock and sadness.

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An inspiring voice, gone too soon #RIP Nipsey Hussle

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UR HUSLE AMBITION FOCUS & WORK ETHIC WAS PASSED IMPRESSIVE TO ME , AS ARTIST WE HAVE OUR OWN LIVES SCHEDULES ETC GOING ON SO WE A LOT OF TIMES DONT CONNECT WITH THE ONES WE TRY AND CONNECT WITH HOW WE WANT TO CONNECT WITH THEM WE USED TO ALWAYS CHOP IT ABOUT LINKING AND KEPT MISSING EACH OTHER HERE OR THERE SINCE THE LAST TIME WE LOCKED IN, NOW ITS TOO LATE TO DO THAT HERE ON EARTH MY BROTHER , BUT I KNOW WE WILL ONE DAY MEET AGAIN, WE WEREN’T EVER TOO REAL TO LET EACH OTHER KNOW THE RESPECT WE HAD FOR ONE ANOTHER AND HAD HELLA ILL CONVOS ABOUT MUTAL GOALS THOUGHT WE HAD MORE TIME TO BUILD BUT I’M GREATFUL FOR THE TIMES WE DID MAJOR SALUTES WHAT U LAID DOWN OUT HERE, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN #LLNIPHUSSLE 💔🕊🙏🏾

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Sunday. On this beautiful La Sunday…. God. I dont know what to say right now. I’m numb and this shit hurts. Nipsey epitomized black excellence, excellence, hustle, motivation, entrepreneurship, leadership and so much more. I am numb and sad. This makes zero sense to me. This isnt right and this feels just idk God. This is some real bulls hit. What kind of a piece of shit do you have to be to want to wish even the slightest but of harm on such a postive and uplifting person in the community. Im fucd up right now. I’ve always quietly been enamored with how unique Nipsey was.. Not by his music but truly by his Hustle. Over the past few years Nispey has become a KING.  Different type. In 8 years I promise you I’ve never heard a single person talk bad on this man’s name. Not once. Something isnt right here I feel for his family I’m devastated for his family. Devastated for ms Lauren London. I hurt for a whole community. Nipsey was a pillar in his community. A pillar on the West Coast. This just makes zero sense right now. Got Damn shame Please Lord please . Damn. This doesnt make any got damn sense. Something is wrong here. I’m done. Idk, God Bless

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Fans of Hussle’s included “Insecure” star Issa Rae and “Black Panther’s” Michael B. Jordan.

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