LOS ANGELES– Three years after his murder, rapper Nipsey Hussle was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on what would have been his 37th birthday.
The star is located across from Amoeba Music on Hollywood Boulevard.
While Hussle was honored for his musical accomplishments, he is remembered for a community-building legacy in Los Angeles that continues to this day in his name.
“It’s a really good birthday present,” said LaTanya Ward, a community activist and friend of the rapper. “I wish he was really there to receive it. He made people realize that people who come from where we come from can do great things.”
Monday’s ceremony included touching speeches from members of the rapper’s family, including his sister, father, grandmother and fiancée, actress Lauren London.
“I think I speak for the whole city of LA when I say we always knew Hussle was destined for greatness,” London said. “Nip would have been honored by this moment.”
London, who has spoken out to overcome the stages of grief since Hussle’s death, hopes the star will serve as a beacon of hope for all who meet her.
“So every time you are in the city of angels and you see this star, I hope it encourages you to break away from whatever is holding you back, and run your marathon until God say it’s over.” she says.
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Hussle has worked with the LA City Council on projects like Destination Crenshaw – a public works effort dedicated to local art and businesses now well under construction.
Last week, Los Angeles officials dedicated a new Hyde Park subway station in her name, not far from where her Marathon clothing store used to be.
Hussle was shot and killed outside his Marathon store on March 31, 2019.
Eric Ronald Holder was convicted of her murder in July this year.
“Nipsy Hussle was more than just a creative genius, he was committed to helping his community through savvy business moves and charitable contributions,” the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.
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