Thousands of Africans and Eritreans joined the world on Monday to mourn the passing of the Eritrean American Rapper, Nipsey Hussle, who recently lost his life in a senseless shooting.

Born Ermias Asghedom to an Eritrean father and African-American mother, Ermias, who was better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle was shot in front his clothing store, as he was picking up clothes to gift a long time friend who had just been released from prison.

Loved by his fans and revered by his peers, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was born in Los Angeles, was proud of his Eritrean roots and always spoke highly of his heritage. A self-made man in every aspect of the world, Nipsey Hussle championed ownership and entrepreneurship within his community. Speaking on what his country meant to him in an interview, Nipsey said ” The history of our country, our struggle and the underdog story, the resilience of the people and our integrity is something that I feel pride in being attached to,

Speaking on his name, and the meaning behind it, the rapper said “Nebsi’, in Tigrigna literally translates to ‘self’ and as a slang refers to ‘homeboy’ or just ‘homie’. Therefore, the meaning that we have of your name is either ‘self-hustle’ or ‘the hustle of a hommie’. I was educated about the Tigrigna link to my name recently and I am just so glad it makes sense in Tigrigna and there is no need at all to correct it. Let it be the way it is. That is how I want to keep it with my Eritrean friends and fans.”