Karen Bass Wants to Make Sure Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy Lives
Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA) plans to honor slain rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle this week on the House floor. Bass, who represents the Golden State’s 37th Congressional District where 33-year-old Hussle was fatally shot last weekend, announced that she’ll be entering the late rapper's contributions to his community into the Congressional Record, making it a permanent part of U.S. history. Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, was widely known not just by the hip hop community for his musical prowess -- which earned him a Grammy nomination on his first studio album "Victory Lap" -- but also for his work to help end gang violence, bring economic opportunities to the South Los Angeles community, and his investments in STEM initiatives. Since his death, there has been an outpouring of support and appreciation for the rapper from fans and non-fans alike. “He was an inspiration for the community — the way he dreamed about transforming the lives of the same people he grew up with and grew up around in Crenshaw — and it deserves to be recognized,” Bass said. The LAPD has since arrested 29-year-old Eric Holder and charged him with murder in Hussle’s death; he is currently being represented by OJ Simpson prosecutor Chris Darden. More here.