Nipsey Hussle was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on what would have been his 37th birthday, reports NBC BLK.
Hundreds gathered on Hollywood Boulevard on Aug. 15 to attend the ceremony, in which Hussle’s grandmother, Margaret Boutte, accepted the star on behalf of the family. Hussle’s sister, Samantha Smith, along with Hussle’s longtime girlfriend, Lauren London, also attended and offered remarks at the midday event.
“I think I speak for the entire city of L.A. when I say that we’ve always known Hussle was destined for greatness,” London said. “This moment only amplifies that for us. Nip would have been honored by the moment.”
Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom in the neighborhood of Crenshaw, Hussle rose from the streets of southern Los Angeles as a gang member to become one of the most influential and respected rappers of his time. He implemented various efforts to help revitalize the South Los Angeles community and to help others stay away from a life of crime.
As a community leader, he bought shoes for students, repaved basketball courts and provided jobs and shelter for the homeless. Hussle also involved in the creation of Vector90, a co-working space aimed to help build underrepresented entrepreneurs.
In March 2019: Hussle was gunned down in the parlor of his Marathon Clothing Store by Eric R. Holder. Just last month, jurors found Holder guilty of first degree murder.