Before his tragic death, Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle took steps to care for his children and their futures.
In the wake of Hussle's killing, several people, including former NFL star Reggie Bush, began fundraising efforts to provide financially for Hussle's two kids: His daughter Emani Asghedom and his son Kross Asghedom.
According to TMZ, Bush himself reportedly paid $10,000 to the GoFundMe campaign he set up, with the goal of reaching $100,000. But apparently Hussle's children don't need any monetary help from their father's fans and famous friends. Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, reportedly made sure they were taken care of before his untimely passing.
TMZ reports Hussle's family has appreciated the support they've received since the artist's death, but they don't need any money from others, because they aren't struggling financially. As such, Bush's GoFundMe has reportedly been taken down.
In response to the fundraising efforts, a source told the New York Daily News:
"The family did not ask anybody to create anything. Things were created as we were burying him. No one asked his partner for permission."
Page Six reports Hussle had quite a financial portfolio. He reportedly owned all of his recording masters and his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. TMZ noted that Hussle was involved in a total of 14 different businesses. He reportedly set up multiple trust funds for his children, presumably with the money he earned from these business endeavors.
But Hussle's children evidently weren't the only kids he wanted to take care of. According to TMZ, Hussle was working on a foundation to benefit young people in Los Angeles' Crenshaw neighborhood before he passed. He reportedly wanted to reconstruct school playgrounds, build better parks in the area, and kickstart STEM programs for Crenshaw students. While he may not have achieved that vision before his death, he did start contributing to the area, repaving the basketball courts at 59th Street Elementary School.
"Backboards was a little ate up, y'know, there's no color on the floor."
Quite a transformation:
"It just brings some color, you know, to a place where the kids are gonna be everyday. You know, surrounded by art… I think it's good for the brain; I think it's good for the spirit."
TMZ reports that Hussle's family will be, quote, "making the foundation their top priority." One of the first things they'll tackle is naming the foundation.
Nipsey Hussle's family and loved ones said their goodbyes to the artist during a "Celebration of Life" memorial service at Los Angeles' Staples Center on April 11, 2019, an event that was live-streamed. According to BET, over 20,000 guests attended the two-hour ceremony. At one point, Hussle's children took the stage. So did Hussle's nephew, Hussle's girlfriend Lauren London, her sister Samantha Smith, and Kameron Carter, her son with rapper Lil Wayne.
Carter gave a speech to guests about Hussle, who he clearly considered a father figure, but Hussle's daughter Emani would not. After she declined to speak, London told the crowd:
"Give the kids some love. They're a little nervous."
Nipsey Hussle, 33, was shot multiple times in a parking lot outside of Marathon Clothing on the afternoon of March 31, 2019, as reported by NBC News. Two other men were also reportedly shot, too. According to TMZ, Hussle was rushed to the hospital after the shooting and succumbed to his injuries 35 minutes later. 29-year-old Eric Holder is believed to have shot Hussle and allegedly fled the scene afterwards. The shooting was reportedly captured on surveillance footage.
On April 4, 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office reported that Holder had been charged with "one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon."
He's since hired attorney Christopher Darden to represent him, the same man who once tried to put away O.J. Simpson in the former athlete's infamous murder trial, as reported by CBS Los Angeles; obviously Darden works on the defense side now. Holder has since pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
Since news of Hussle's killing broke, stars have taken to social media to express their grief. Singer Rihanna tweeted:
"This doesn't make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace..."
In his own tweet, artist Pharrell Williams wrote:
"You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions… rest amongst the stars."