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Nipsey Hussle’s family break the silence as Los Angeles renames street after the icon

Nipsey Hussle’s family have dubbed the late rapper as an “extraordinary” man, following his death.

The rapper was tragically shot and killed outside his clothing store in Los Angeles at the age of 33 on March 31 as reported by The Sauce, and over a week after his passing, his family have recalled his “unlimited intellectual capacity” and “respectful” nature.

His mother, Angelique Smith, said: “He recognized at an early age his own capability. His own potential. He has always known. [He will be] remembered as a humble, spirited, respectful man who had, since his childhood, had an extraordinary and unlimited intellectual capacity.”

Nipsey’s father Dawit Asghedom also praised his late son, saying he was “sent by God” to bring “love” to the people who listened to his music.

He added: “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.

“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.”

Whilst Nipsey’s girlfriend Lauren London – with whom he had two-year-old son Kross – has said she will “always represent” everything her late partner stood for.

Speaking in a joint interview for the Los Angeles Times, she said: “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.”

Lauren, 34, previously spoke out about Nipsey’s death on social media, where she said she was “completely lost” without him. She wrote at the time: “I am completely lost. I’ve lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul. We are lost without you babe – I have no words.”

As the South Los Angeles community continues to mourn the death of the great leader, a petition has also been signed to rename the an intersection in South Los Angeles will be renamed for the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. According to Complex, Los Angeles City Council-member Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will become Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square.

It’s reported a petition urging the council-member to name the intersection where Nipsey lost his life garnered nearly 500,000 signatures as grieving fans sought out ways to honor the fallen rapper, entrepreneur, and activist. The Los Angeles City Council will also officially add the rapper’s contributions to the city into public record.

As family, friends, and fans continue to pay tribute to the fallen legend; Ethiopians also paid tribute to the rapper. According to AFP, Ethiopians held an emotional farewell, reciting poems and delivering moving speeches in honor of murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose roots in neighboring Eritrea won him admirers in both countries. At the Saturday evening (6.04.2019) memorial in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Hussle was remembered as a rare entertainer who bridged his American upbringing with his roots in the Horn of Africa.

“When we heard there’s an Eritrean rapper out there, we were fans before we heard his music,” said Ambaye Michael Tesfay, who eulogized Hussle at the event held in a darkened parking lot.

“He was an icon for us.”

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