Nipsey Hussle. (Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP)
Nipsey Hussle’s final music video arrived Friday, part of DJ Khaled’s album release for his new full-length song collection, “Father of Asahd,” named after the “Major Key” artist’s two-year-old son.
Khaled shared the story behind the video’s release on social media, where he announced that the song’s proceeds will go to Hussle’s children and confirmed that the clip would be the last from Hussle. The rapper and community activist, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside his Los Angles boutique on March 31.
“Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years. It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend Nipsey Hussle,” Khaled wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Just days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called, ‘Higher.’ After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with you.”
Khaled continued, “The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul. It is in this spirit, of moving forward, of preserving his mission that I, my co-writers, producers and label partners are donating 100% of all of our proceeds from ‘Higher’ to Nipsey’s children, Emani and Kross.”
Collaborator John Legend, who’s also featured on “Higher,” tweeted about the video’s release, “Proud to be a part of this inspiring record with DJ Khaled and @NipseyHussle. We lost him too soon.”
The next court hearing in the Hussle case has been postponed until June 12, following the withdrawal of Christopher Darden, the defense attorney, who represented suspect Eric Holder when he pleaded not guilty to murder on April 4.
Darden, a former Los Angeles prosecutor famous for his unsuccessful prosecution of O.J. Simpson for murder in 1994-95, announced May 10 that he was filing a motion to withdraw from the case after receiving death threats.
Holder is facing a murder charge for Hussle’s death along with two counts of attempted murder for the two men shot along with the rapper as well as one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
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