Nipsey Hussle’s extraordinary legacy was celebrated August 15th with a number of landmark events marking what would have been the groundbreaking rapper/activist/entrepreneur’s 37th birthday. First and foremost, Hussle was honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard, in the category of Recording.
The dedication ceremony held yesterday morning was attended by a host of Hussle’s closest friends and family members, among them Lauren London, his sister Samantha Smith, his dad Dawit Asghedom and his grandmother Margaret Boutte who accepted on behalf of the family. Among celebrity friends in attendance were Walk of Fame Star recipient Big Boy, YG, Roddy Ricch, Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas and Saweetie. A number of top executives from Atlantic Records were also present for the event, including President of Black Music at Atlantic Records Michael Kyser, President of Atlantic Records, West Coast Kevin Weaver, President of Asylum Records/Executive Vice President of A&R Atlantic Records Dallas Martin, Atlantic Records Vice President Of Sales & Streaming Angelique Jones, Senior Director, Marketing Carla Pagano and Senior Director, Publicity Brittany Bell.
The ceremony further saw Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson declare that Hussle’s August 15th birthday will henceforth be celebrated as “Nipsey Hussle Day” in the City of Los Angeles. What’s more, last week also saw Los Angeles Metro honoring Hussle by dedicating its new Hyde Park K Line Station in his honor. Located between Hussle’s beloved intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue and 59th Street, the Hyde Park Station will serve one of the most densely populated areas along the Crenshaw Corridor and Los Angeles. The K Line, also referred to as the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, is officially expected to open later this year, bringing new rail service to one of the city’s oldest communities.
Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson spoke about the late rapper’s commitment to the Hyde Park Station during a dedication ceremony, noting, “After he caught the vision and he understood what the train would mean to this community and his neighborhood and businesses like his, he got very involved in making sure that this train worked on behalf of our people and helped us express and live out our possibilities and our hopes and our dreams.”