The World Mourns the Loss of Eritrean-American Rapper Nipsey Hussle

4th April 2019 BY Meli

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.”

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