Rapper Nipsey Hussle's relationship with Lauren London was a modern day love story
The rapper's death not only shocked the Hip Hop community, but left behind a heartbroken girlfriend, with whom he shared a touching relationship and a son
Rapper Nipsey Hussle's death in a gun shooting in Los Angeles on Sunday shocked the Hip Hop community. Drake, Rihanna, Pharell Williams, and Kim Kardashian among many mourned his death, and their touching messages on social media made the loss of the rapper even more heartbreaking.
Hussle's death was especially tragic as he recently opened up about making a life together with his actress girlfriend Lauren London.
Hussle, who was nominated for a Grammy in 2019 for Best Rap Album, believed in modern-day relationships and was building one with his partner London. Hussle's relationships with other contemporary rappers too revealed an interesting aspect of the rapper for his fans.
For instance, Jay-Z bought 100 copies of one of Hussle's mix-tapes, priced at $100 a piece. It was the same mix-tape that had introduced him to his partner of five years. So here's a look at the modern-day romance that Hussle had just opened about before his death. In an interview with GQ in February, Hussle and London both got candid about their relationship.
London had wanted to buy a few of Hussle's mix-tape copies to gift her 'Game' costars in 2013, and when she followed him, he followed her back on social media. Their relationship started when they DMed each other. Though who messaged first was disputed by the couple, with both saying the other did it first. The two began dating, and even brushed off rumors of engagement for the longest time.
They also supported each other in their professional journey in the entertainment industry. Over 10 mix-tapes in a decade and an original studio album later, Hussle was finally recognized by the masses, after initially being known for his work in select circles only.
Similarly, London's first film 'ATL' (2006) saw her play the role of New New, which was much appreciated by a section of the audience. This was true of her TV show 'Game' as well, and her performance was registered by a niche section of the audience.
One of the milestones in their life is their son Kross Asghedom, and in the interview, Hussle revealed how London had to give up on a role that she wanted very badly for their son.
"Lauren was handpicked by John Singleton to do 'Snowfall'. She read, got the part, shot the pilot...did stunts...this was her dream role. And then she got pregnant with our son. That was a really hard decision for her to make."
London also added, "It was the toughest decision of my career by far. Do I choose my soul or myself? I went with my soul."
On hearing the news about Hussle's death, one of the many rappers who were shocked was Drake, who took too his Instagram and wrote, "Fuck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g."
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! 💔🙏🏿— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/rKZ2agxm2a
Rihanna also took to Twitter to share, "This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones!"
The latest update on the shooting came from the LAPD HQ's Twitter account, which read, "UPDATE: The suspect in the shooting is described as a male black & LAPD South Bureau Homicide is conducting an investigation to locate him and anyone else involved. You can expect the area of Slauson & Crenshaw to be impacted by streets closures & heavy traffic for several hours."
The GQ profile described the couple as occupying "the same branch on the pop-culture tree... The Branch White America Hasn't Exploited Yet."
With his Grammy nomination for Best Album for 'Victory Lap', Hassle was on his way to change that, but fate had other plans. Despite her tragic loss, London has her career ahead of her and and we wish that she fulfils the potential the late rapper was destined for.