According to The Guardian, Nipsey Hussle was once busted for breaking into his school’s computer lab, though he denied committing the crime. He wound up dropping out of school because of the incident, and by the time he turned 14, he had moved out of his mom’s house and was living with his grandmother, he told VladTV. He viewed joining the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang as an entrepreneurial opportunity, telling VladTV that his generation of Crips put their neighborhood “on the map in terms of like hustling and business.”
As he progressed in the music industry, he went from running the streets with his gang to being at the forefront of bringing peace to the streets. In fact, the rapper had scheduled a meeting with the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation entertainment company, and police commissioner Steve Soboroff “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence,” Soboroff wrote, in part, in a tweet. Sadly, Nipsey Hussle was killed the day before the meeting was set to take place.
Nipsey Hussle was much deeper than the lyrics that effortlessly flowed in his rhymes. He was a hip-hop maverick and street crusader who was killed on the same streets he tried so desperately to change for the better. He will be dearly missed by his legions of fans in the music world and beyond.