Street Legends & Heroes!
I woke up on April 1st, 2019 to what I thought was the biggest April fool’s day prank ever. Instagram posts kept popping up in my feed with fake news about Nipsey Hussle being shot and killed at his store on Crenshaw, in Los Angeles, California. I immediately jumped online, and CBS was reporting it, TMZ already had footage, and my timeline was flooded with posts related to the shooting. I thought this can not be real, especially since 5th Ward Weebie out of Louisiana was just playing his new Victory Lap album in a studio session we had the month before. When I realized it was true, I was really heartbroken. This was a good dude, doing great things for his community, and he was gone for nothing, no good reason at all, Just gone!
I mean, I had just really started listening to the new album, and it was super dope. I thought to myself, I have really been missing out. Nipsey was a genius, and he was preaching black power, black ownership, black wealth, and
The overall crime rate in Crenshaw alone is 66% higher than the national average. That means that you are 66% more likely to die on Crenshaw than anywhere else in the United States. There’s literally more of a chance of you dying than there is of you surviving. Think about that, and let that marinate. Black people have been killing each other for so long, we have all become numb to it. Why are young black men still being killed by the police with zero accountability, and absolutely no retribution? I have yet to hear a story of a gang member rolling up on a police officer who killed an unarmed black man or black woman, and was later acquitted or completely set free after a paid leave of absence. What in the hell happened to Sandra Bland? Who’s paying for her death? Tell me this! How the hell is Nipsey Hussle dead at the hands of a black man, but that damn George Zimmerman is still walking around free after murdering a child? Why is he still alive? Why have the gangs not taken him out? WHY? WHY? WHY? Now all of a sudden, the gangs are seeing the errors of their ways, and calling a truce, but how long will that last? It’s really a shame that it takes someone to
The week leading up to Nipsey Hussle’s death, 11 people were murdered in Los Angeles, California alone. Why couldn’t the truce had happened then. I don’t mean no disrespect, but was Nipsey’s life more important than the other 11 people that were killed? If so, why? To go even further, why do we always try to jump on the bandwagon?
President Barack Obama wrote a beautiful touching letter to Nipsey and his family, admitting that he had not heard his music before his daughters played it for him, and I’m sure his message was genuine and wholesome. However, so many people are acting like they loved Nipsey so much, and some are probably genuine, I’m sure many are but a lot of people are not. Did they spend $100 for the Crenshaw album? Ask them to name a song off of his first album, or better yet, just ask them the name of his first album, without looking it up on the internet. I would bet half the people who are posting his pictures now, never reposted one of his posts, or put one of his pictures on their page. Even in death people are still trying to take advantage of the situation. I’ve heard people went as far as to sell their tickets to his funeral for a profit. Not to mention absolutely stupid disrespectful comments made by Kodak Black, in reference to Lauren London, but radio personality, Big Boy really took care of that. To top that off, there was also a shooting in Watts, California, during Nipsey Hussle’s funeral procession. Four people were shot, and one person was shot to death. So much for the gang truce, and maybe the peace treaty is out the window, but I will congratulate those who are trying to maintain the peace. We really need the healing right now. Some are calling Nipsey the Tupac of our generation, and that’s cool, I just wish he could have heard that compliment in life. So often it is death that brings us back