The tragic loss of rapper Nipsey Hussle may find another small measure of closure next week, when his star is officially set into the city streets as the Hollywood Walk of Fame hosts a ceremony on what would have been the West Coast hip-hop giant’s 37th birthday, August 15, the Walk and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday.
In June of 2021, the Walk of Fame announced that Hussle (born Ermias Joseph Asghedom) and Carrie Fisher would both be honored posthumously with stars on the Walk. This June, the Walk announced that they would be joined in the Class of 2022 by George Clinton, Jr., Martha Reeeves, as well as such cinema legends as Francis Ford Coppola and Willem Dafoe.
Hussle is the sole musician to receive this year’s honor posthumously.
This news comes on the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that L.A.’s Metro rail would also honor the rapper, opening a new K Line train station between the intersections of Crenshaw Blvd with Slauson Ave., and 59th St., near Hussle’s Marathon Clothing store, renamed Nipsey Hussle Square after the rapper was gunned down there on March 31, 2019.
This was one of countless tributes for a man whose loss was felt so personally by many thousands, whether fans of his phenomenal rise from mixtape star to music mogul, listeners roused by the 2020 reemergence of his guest appearance on the 45th-president-bashing anthem “FDT,” or the countless Crenshaw and South L.A. residents affected by his outreach efforts and neighborhood advocacy.
“Hussle had a vision of a neighborhood built for and by the sons and daughters of South L.A.,” LA City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson said in a 2019 statement. “During his life, he moved from shadows into the bright hope of freedom and community revitalization.”
This hope was brutally silenced in 2019, when Hussle was shot to death in the the parking lot of his local business. Last month’s conviction of Hussle’s murderer, who shot him 11 times over a perceived slight, may restore some sense of justice. Today’s hip-hop is at least a star short, no matter what.
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