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Biography on Nipsey Hussle Set to Release in March

You will soon be able to pick up a biography of the late Nipsey Hussle. The book will detail the life of the Crenshaw rapper who lost his life in a shooting outside the Marathon Clothing Store he owned in Los Angeles back in March.

The book will be written by VIBE founding editor Rob Kenner and titled The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle and published by Atria Books.

“The last time I spoke with Nipsey Hussle, he told me, ‘I ain’t outside giving out jewelry or dropping off bags of money on people, but I’m giving out game,’” Kenner said to Complex. “This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention.

“He was one of the most fascinating artists of our time, as well as an important activist and thought leader, but he received relatively little acclaim during his lifetime. I wanted to do my part to help set the record straight.”

You can see the biography cover below.

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Meek Mill Shares An Up-Close Look At His Iced-Out Nipsey Hussle Medallion

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Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill keeps Nipsey Hussle close to his heart. The hip-hop veteran has shared a close look at his iced-out diamond Nips pendant.

Last night, Meek jumped on Instagram with the must-see gold and diamond chain sneak peek.

In mid-September, Hussle’s girlfriend Lauren London went to Instagram with a caption-less moment showing the late rapper holding an umbrella above her.

Recently Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James shared an uplifting message to the fallen hip-hop legend.

Inspired by Nipsey’s good nature and positive approach to life, West Coast rapper Game recently hit up Instagram to encourage fans to find the tools necessary to be successful in life.

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#MarathonMonday I want all who read this to take 5-10 minutes of our your day & give love back to yourself. You do know that no one loves you more than you do, other than God. You’re not as important to anyone on this earth as you are to yourself. Maybe your parents, if you were lucky enough to have good ones. Some people don’t, which brings me back to the point of my message to you today. #SelfLove is the key. Everything starts with you. From the moment you wake, til the point you close your eyes at night. Understand every new day, the process of loving yourself must repeat….. Just as your God gives you the gift to live another day, you have to give yourself the gift of acknowledging & appreciating just how amazing you truly are. Take a look in the mirror today.. & I mean a REAL GOOD LOOK. That’s you. You’re a beautiful being. You deserve everything you desire and more. This world has the tools you need to be successful in life & success is not measured by monetary gain. It is measured by the way you feel about what you’ve accomplished after each day. With that being said, take your time today & pay attention to all areas YOU. Make yourself happy today & DM me tomorrow & let me know how it turned out. Love will always be LOVE ❤ #TheMarathonContinued #LongLiveHussle [candles gifted to me by the amazing @empressivecandlesbygi] & there’s a ray of light shining on the candle with Nip solo 🙏🏾 #LookAtGod

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Tekashi, Nipsey and Bumpy Johnson: Forrest Whitaker Gives New Slant On Harlem Notorious Black Gang Culture

Forget the Bloods and the Crips, Harlem was ran by real gangsters in the 40s, 50s and 60s.

It is hard to imagine the Ellsworth Raymond Johnson (Margaret and Willie’s boy) would grow from being a hot-headed but loving South Carolinian into one of the most notorious crime bosses in American history, but it is true. So true that Hollywood has tried to capture his story over and over again. Who is “Bumpy Johnson,” and what can young Hip-Hoppers like gang-related Tekashi 6ix9ine learn from his experience? Was Bumpy Johnson more like a Nipsey Hussle than we have seen on screen?

As we check out the new EPIX series, Godfather of Harlem, Forrest Whitaker contends that there is a lot that we can learn if we move past a familiar snapshot of Johnson, and see him for the whole complicated human being that he was.

Who was Bumpy Johnson to you, Mr. Whitaker?

Bumpy Johnson was interesting crime lord but  that was not all he was. He helped the community. It was not just about money and that is what drew me to the character. In the story that we tell we explore all kinds of aspects of his life: there is a civil rights story there and also a story about a criminal. In the series, we get to explore different sides of him as a person.

You are the producer of the series. Did you know anything about him before you decided to make an adaptation of his life?

I didn’t know much about him other than the fact that he was gangster and a mobster. But I learned so much. In our adaptation, we get to see him with his family wife and kids. We worked with his daughter. We get to see that yes, he relationships with notable mobsters like Charles “Lucky” Luciano (Genovese Crime Family), but he also was in relationship with hoodlum turned activist, Malcolm X.

How did project come to you as a producer?

The concept for the show came to me first. Then as a producer went and got the writers involved to create the script. And we did the work and the research because we did not want to just show him like others had portrayed him. There were so many more layers to him. He was a poet. He was a chess player. A father and husband. He have many different dimensions to him and that was attractive to me as a producer. The Bumpy we wanted to create was indeed a street king, but was a different kind of boss. He was a businessman and a community man.

Where did the get the information from? What kind of research did you all do to create such a full depiction of Johnson?

We spoke to and interviewed people that worked with him like Junebug, his former former bodyguard. He is still around. We spoke to his daughter, Margaret and Professor Small who is a Harlem historian and ran the mosque after Malcolm left.

What can the Hip-Hop community learn from this story? And why was it important to use Hip-Hop artists in the score?

Hip-Hop was important to the project. It created a feel for it. We brought in Swiss Beat, 21 savage, ASAP Ferg (who is from Harlem), Rick Ross and DMX on to the project. They wrote to the episodes and created two new releases for the show. I believe that the songs are reflections of the show. I also believe that it conveys an important message about how people can evolve and how we all have different sides to us. You only hear about Bumpy as a gangster, but he also wanted to be a lawyer and when those avenues closed for him, he learned how to do the numbers… then he learned how to be a leader.

Johnson learned to be a leader… and a giver. As the head of his crime family (or his gang), he never once forgot his responsibility the his neighbors. Whitaker’s Johnson differs from Laurence Fishburne’s portrayal in the 1984 Cotton Club or in his 1997 Hoodlum, or Clarence Williams III in the 2007 American Gangster.  This man is seasoned and in the twilight of his life, conscientious of his legacy and what people will think about him. It is admirable. As we look at the gangsters that seems to mob Hip-Hop today, you see that as a culture there is a void in this type of integrity in street life. Whitaker’s Johnson is smart and calculated, but still compassionate and desirous of a better tomorrow. Gangsters like Tekashi 6ix9ine is neither. His ploy was to play gangster and pimp a reality that true gangsters wish that they did not have to embrace. Again, Johnson wanted to be a lawyer. The streets was an “in” to the American dream that he was excluded to back in the 40s and 50s.

Using this street culture, he learned to work with and respect others like the Italian mob. These kids war even within themselves, seldom finding peace and truce based on a mutual goal. Perhaps, Bumpy could be best seen in some of the work that Nipsey Hussle was doing? Who knows… but what is known in that there is thin line between the dark and the light and back in the day for Black people (preachers, teachers, civil rights activists and street kinds), those lines get blurry.

 

 

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Look: Former NBA Champion Matt Barnes Has The Most Insane-Looking Nipsey Hussle Hand Tattoo – Ever

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Former NBA champion Matt Barnes is making sure the marathon continues forever. The ex-Golden State Warriors star has shared a look at an epic Nipsey Hussle hand tattoo.

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Lauren London Reminds Us How Much Nipsey Hussle Supported Her W/ Throwback Pic

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Hollywood actress Lauren London has Nipsey Hussle on her mind. The high-profile entertainer went to social media this week to share a throwback pic of her late boyfriend.

On Wednesday, London went to Instagram with a caption-less moment showing Hussle holding an umbrella above her.

This week, Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James shared an uplifting message to the late hip-hop legend.

Inspired by Nipsey’s good nature and positive approach to life, West Coast rapper Game hit up Instagram this week to encourage fans to find the tools necessary to be successful in life.

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#MarathonMonday I want all who read this to take 5-10 minutes of our your day & give love back to yourself. You do know that no one loves you more than you do, other than God. You’re not as important to anyone on this earth as you are to yourself. Maybe your parents, if you were lucky enough to have good ones. Some people don’t, which brings me back to the point of my message to you today. #SelfLove is the key. Everything starts with you. From the moment you wake, til the point you close your eyes at night. Understand every new day, the process of loving yourself must repeat….. Just as your God gives you the gift to live another day, you have to give yourself the gift of acknowledging & appreciating just how amazing you truly are. Take a look in the mirror today.. & I mean a REAL GOOD LOOK. That’s you. You’re a beautiful being. You deserve everything you desire and more. This world has the tools you need to be successful in life & success is not measured by monetary gain. It is measured by the way you feel about what you’ve accomplished after each day. With that being said, take your time today & pay attention to all areas YOU. Make yourself happy today & DM me tomorrow & let me know how it turned out. Love will always be LOVE ❤ #TheMarathonContinued #LongLiveHussle [candles gifted to me by the amazing @empressivecandlesbygi] & there’s a ray of light shining on the candle with Nip solo 🙏🏾 #LookAtGod

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A few weeks ago, Lauren London went to Instagram to share a must-see three-clip video of Hussle explaining the significance of his new PUMA collaboration.

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Meek Mill Can’t Believe Nipsey Hussle’s Gone: “That S**t Still Unbelievable”

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Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill is sending out some thoughts and prayers to late friend/rapper Nipsey Hussle. The hip-hop veteran has admitted it’s still hard not seeing him here in 2019.

Tuesday night, MM went to Twitter to reflect on missing Hussle.

Last Friday, Nipsey’s girlfriend Lauren London went to Instagram to share a must-see three-clip video of Hussle explaining the significance of his new PUMA collaboration.

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London also jumped on Instagram Thursday with a pic of Hussle draped in PUMA attire.

PUMA shared a pic of Nipsey donning the gear and revealed the collection nearly sold out hours after its release.

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Lauren London Celebrates Nipsey Hussle’s Must-Own PUMA Collection Launch: “He Did That!”

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Hollywood actress Lauren London is proud-proud right now. The high-profile entertainer went to social media this week to celebrate the success of her late boyfriend Nipsey Hussle‘s long-awaited PUMA collection launch.

On Friday, Lauren went to Instagram to share a must-see three-clip video of Hussle explaining the significance of the collaboration.

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London also jumped on Instagram Thursday with a pic of Hussle draped in PUMA attire.

PUMA shared a pic of Nipsey donning the gear and revealed the collection nearly sold out hours after its release.

Last month, Hussle’s Instagram account announced a big September 5 PUMA collaboration release.

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Nipsey Hussle’s IG Posts Tear-Jerking Must-See Footage Of Him Explaining PUMA Collabo’s Importance

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The marathon continues. Today, late rap legend Nipsey Hussle‘s social media pages shared footage showing what went into his newly released PUMA collection.

On Thursday, Nipsey’s Instagram page shared a multi-page slideshow of the iconic hip-hop artist dishing on the importance of the PUMA release coming out correctly.

Nipsey’s girlfriend Lauren London jumped on Instagram Thursday with a pic of Hussle draped in PUMA attire.

PUMA also shared a pic of Nipsey donning the gear and revealed the collection nearly sold out hours after its release.

Last month, Hussle’s Instagram account announced a big September 5 PUMA collaboration release.

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Atlantic Records Keeps Marathon Going + Makes Six-Figure Donation To Nipsey Hussle Foundation

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Atlantic Records is helping keep Nipsey Hussle‘s message and legacy alive. The music label has reportedly made a six-figure donation to the late rap star’s Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

According to Hussle’s brother Samiel Asghedom, Atlantic made it a priority to contribute to his non-profit organization.

“They wanted to be the first to donate,” Asghedom said. “It’s important we let people know that.” It was a long journey for only an hour of studio time, but this was the place where he first felt he could realize his rap ambitions. Hussle spent four to five hours commuting from Crenshaw to Watts every day. He’d ride his bike to the bus stop that took him to the Metro Blue Line and he’d walk the rest of the way. “There were teachers, volunteers, who taught the kids how to make beats and how to record themselves. And it was free,” Hussle’s brother Samiel Asghedom, 37, recalled. “That’s something Nip and a lot of people successful in music now went to as children. He took that small opportunity and ran with it.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Atlantic Records also issued a statement confirming the importance of contributing to Hussle’s foundation.

In an announcement to The Instances on Friday, Atlantic Data chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman and COO Julie Greenwald stated, “Nipsey will be forever missed, but his courageous, generous spirit lives on in his incredible music and the impact he made on the community. Nip’s love for the generation coming up behind him is a big part of what’s inspiring this foundation, and we’re proud to celebrate his life by supporting his legacy.” (Herald Publicist)

A few days ago, Hussle’s Instagram account announced a big September 5 PUMA collaboration release.

On Monday, West Coast rapper Game remembered the fallen California legend with big motivational words about self-worth and finding happiness.

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Snoop Dogg Compares Nipsey Hussle to Tupac Shakur: ‘I Think the Spirit of Tupac Was Nipsey’

Snoop Dogg stopped by The Breakfast Club on Wednesday and was asked if he agreed with Nipsey Hussle’s statement that he’s this generation Tupac Shakur. Snoop is the perfect person to ask because he was friends with both rappers and he agreed with the late rapper’s statement.

“The spirit Nipsey had was the spirit Tupac had as far as being up close and personal with the people and just… trying to give back,” he explained. “I think Nipsey did what Tupac couldn’t do. I think [Nipsey] was the extension, like running the 440 relay and you pass the baton.”

“I think the spirit of Tupac was Nipsey—the seed that he planted because he don’t rap like him, but he moved like him,” the West Coast OG added. “The way he was lovable but he was gangster at the same time. The way he was about the kids…the community work. That’s the same thing Tupac was about.”

Snoop Dogg also spoke about the song “One Blood, One Cuzz” from his latest collection, I Wanna Thank Me, that he dedicated to Nip.

“It really, really broke my heart. Like for real,” he said of Nipsey’s death. “It was kinda hard to write something with the spirit of how do I celebrate him feeling like I’m feeling. How do I represent him in the light that makes the most sense.”

Uncle Snoop talked highly of Neighborhood Nip and exactly how and why he got that moniker.

“[Nipsey] stood for was stopping the gang violence. He was from 60 Crip but he loved gang members. He loved Bloods. He loved YG,” he said. “And the bond he had with the ‘hood and different neighborhoods was impeccable. He was like a street soldier.”

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