Nipsey Hussle affirmations are gold – we’ll forever cherish the insight and knowledge from the late great Ermias Joseph Asghedom.
To commemorate the Rapper, Activist, and Entrepreneur’s 36th birthday, Gratuity Included and The Gates Preserve partnered to create the limited edition Hu$$le: a little book of affirmations.
Filled with wise words from Nipsey’s interviews and rhymes, 100% of this little book’s net proceeds go directly to the Neighborhood “Nip” Foundation. Via NME, the foundation is mainly inspired by Hussle’s own time at LA’s Watts Towers, which provided a free music programme to the rapper during his youth.
Dedicated to Ermias Joseph Asghedom a.k.a. Nipsey Hussle (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019) Original art by Tony Concep (@tonycncp)
A few (more) words on what he meant to us:
“Hussle had big dreams for his ’hood, and it’s not just tragic but unfair that he was cut down in the middle of revitalizing a community that raised him. By all accounts, Hussle was doing the right thing. If we remember anything about him, it should be that sense of aspiration.” – Gerrick D. Kennedy, Nipsey Hussle’s dreams were bigger than hip-hop
“It wasn’t only that he was young and beloved or that he was a father of two who was in a relationship with actress Lauren London. Hussle (whose given name was Ermias Asghedom) was lauded through his life not just for his music but also for his service to the black community.” – Zeba Blay, Nipsey Hussle’s Work In The Black Community Went Deeper Than You Think
“The Marathon is not only the name of his brand but his philosophy and a constant metaphor in his music. The mission is a marathon and you cannot outpace yourself. You must be diligent, focused, and strategic in your approach. The Marathon Continues preaches this message throughout and never fails to provide that motivation when you need it. I played that mixtape to the ground and I will never forget being in my home country, Haiti living with it. Riding around, seeing all the people and all the faces and being motivated to be someone to come back and make a difference. All inspired by the words and example he set.” – Mackenzie Alcime, Nipsey Hussle, A Hip-Hop Hero , gone at 33