On what would have been his 37th birthday, rapper Nipsey Hussle was honored posthumously Monday (August 15) with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The star, which was unveiled in a ceremony Monday afternoon, is located in front of Amoeba Music on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Alongside the star unveil, August 15 was proclaimed "Nipsey Hussle Day" in Los Angeles by City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson. The ceremony included speeches and remarks from members of the late rapper's family, including his sister Samantha Smith, his grandmother Margaret Boutte, and his fiancée – actress Lauren London. Boutte accepted the star on behalf of the family.
"I think I speak for the entire city of LA when I say that we've always known Hussle was destined for greatness," London told local TV station NBC4. "This moment only amplifies this for us. Nip would've been honored by this moment."
Hussle, born Airmiess Joseph Asghedom, was a Grammy-nominated rapper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He was fatally shot in 2019 outside the Marathon Clothing store he owned in South Los Angeles. Prior to his murder, Hussle was scheduled to meet with the Los Angeles Police Department to discuss ways to stop gang violence across the city.
"Nipsey Hussle was more than just a creative genius, he was committed to helping his community through savvy business moves and charitable contributions," Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in a statement.
Previously, Hussle was posthumously honored with two Grammy Awards in 2020 for Best Rap Performance and for Best Rap/Song Performance. His biography, The Marathon Don't Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle, was also published that same year.
See Nipsey Hussle's star on the Walk of Fame below.
Congratulations to the Asghedom family on the dedication of Nipsey Hussle’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today on what would have been his 37th birthday. 🌹📷 Vince Godinez pic.twitter.com/dpcp0UPgiN— Ana Martinez (@wofstargirl) August 16, 2022
Posted @withregram • @tygordonsworld Happy heavenly birthday @nipseyhussle ! He’s showed us all that hard work, and dedication always pays off! Congratulations on receiving your star while you’re amongst the stars. We’ll keep your legacy alive for you down here! pic.twitter.com/zzM0MZnNHZ— Ana Martinez (@wofstargirl) August 17, 2022
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