By now I’m sure you’ve heard the news of the late, great, Nipsey Hussle. If you are unfamiliar with whom i speak, gang banger turned legitimate businessman/philanthropist Ermias Asghedom was born and raised in L.A., California. After a youth filled with reckless behavior, criminal activity, and questionable decisions he decided that through art and commerce he was going to change his life around and move in a more positive direction. Although still a Rolling 60’s crip, he had long put away his illicit ways and had been redirecting his energy towards uplifting his community and subsequently others like his. After his original label deal dissolved he began to release music independently all while running a clothing store on the corner of Slauson and Crenshaw. His Marathon clothing line, and store’s location are symbolic of where he came from and where he was, exemplifying what a man from his background and environment could accomplish with the correct tools and mentality. After over a dozen mixtapes released, including one which he sold for 100 dollars a piece and Jay-Z bought 10 copies, he finally decided to try again with a major label and partnered up with Atlantic to release his first official studio album “Victory Lap” in February of 2018. It was received with almost nothing but positive reviews. However, on March 31st, 2019 a former associate of Nipsey, now identified as Eric Holder, attempted to speak with him and was politely dismissed only to return and open fire on him and other bystanders. Hussle was rushed to the hospital but would die from his injuries within hours. Now his family, his followers, and the culture of hip-hop feels the void. Personally I was inspired by his drive, and methodical way of doing things. In this very special episode of Urban Nerd Weekly we will pay respects to raps fallen warrior. #RIPNIPSEYHUSSLE