Today marks the first anniversary of the late Nipsey Hussle’s passing. Though many friends, fans and loved ones alike all around the world are mourning his untimely passing- his legacy lives on. Just like his catchphrase, “The Marathon Continues” suggests.
Since his passing, he won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a prominent figure in his hometown of Los Angeles, and throughout the city, murals have been painted. Fans gather outside of his “The Marathon” clothing store and continue to celebrate his life and legacy.
Nipsey Hussle, whose real name is, Ermias Asghedom, was only 33 at the time of his passing. He was a father of 2 and engaged to actress Lauren London. Aside from his incredible work as a rapper and entertainer, Nipsey was a pillar in his community, and all around the world for his philanthropic work.
Many know that Hussle purchased a strip mall where his clothing store The Marathon is located. The store has since been closed, yet, the online store still takes orders, and Puma partnered with The Marathon Clothing. Nipsey’s team released a statement describing the Puma deal saying, “our team is proud to announce that our first collaborative capsule with Puma drops on September 5th, 2019. Nipsey spearheaded this project from concept to final product over the course of last year, flying to meetings, reviewing samples, bringing in material references he liked and most importantly ensuring that it reflected his style authentically with no compromise.” Furthermore, Nipsey’s production company, Marathon Films, and filmmaker Ava DuVernay are in discussions with Netflix to produce a documentary about the rapper.
Back in August of 2019, Nipsey’s family started a foundation in his honor. The foundation, Neighborhood Nip Foundation, “[is] aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him,” according to Hussle’s brother, Sam Asghedom. In its first year, the foundation received a 6-figure donation from Atlantic records.
Nipsey Hussle was a strong positive influence in our culture and is gone way too soon. His legacy will live on, and The Marathon will Continue.