The slain rapper, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom known by music name as Nipsey Hussle” has memoralized by city of Los Angeles with his own memorial basket ball court in the Crenshaw district, not far from his clothing store – The Marathon Clothing.
Nipsey Hussle’s memory was preserved with a special mural becoming the latest work to come of Project Blackboard, in partnership with the Venice Basketball League. Across 78 feet of pavement, artist Gustavo Zermeno created a basketball court bearing Nipsey’s likeness, overpowered by a blue backdrop and the words,
In addition to naming the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue after Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” The highest human act is to inspire” written above a profile image of Hussle, who was gunned down just blocks away from the basketball court two weeks ago.
The public basketball court was officially unveiled on Sunday with a ribbon cutting, bares Nipsey’s image across 78 feet of pavement. The mural was painted by artist Gustavo Zermeno; which was backed by Venice Basketball League’s CEO, Nick Ansom.
Ermias Asghedom, grew up in South L.A. and was shot to death outside his Hyde Park clothing store last month. He was buried on Friday after a long procession through the streets of L.A. that included his old neighborhood.
Despite his success in the music industry, Nipsey stayed in his community, investing in businesses and creating job opportunities for others.
Asghedom’s strong ties with his community led Crete Academy, a local non-profit charter school in the Crenshaw neighborhood, to commission a mural in his memory.
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