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Tributes Continue To Pour in on Twitter for Eritrean-American Rapper Nipsey Hussle

The 33-year-old was shot dead outside his clothing store yesterday in Los Angeles.

The hip-hop world is in mourning since it was announced that rapper Nipsey Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was shot outside his Los Angeles store Marathon Clothing yesterday. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital whilst two other people were wounded in the shooting.


Born to an Eritrean immigrant father and African-American mother, Nipsey Hussle was nominated for a Grammy this year for his critically-acclaimed major label debut album Victory Lap along with Cardi B's Invasion of Privacy which eventually took home the award. Nipsey Hussle was well-known for his work within his community and his passion for kids growing up in the hood and involved with gangsterism — that having been where he himself came from as a teenager.

In an interview with VladTV in 2014, Nipsey talked about his teenage life:

"The culture of my area is the gang culture ... so by being outside, being involved with hustling, being in the hood, doing things to try to get money, being young, you know riding your bike through the hood, getting shot at, your loved ones and homies that's your age getting killed, getting shot at ... it's like, we were just raised like if you with me and something goes now, I'm in it, whether I'm from the (expletive) or not."

Celebrities such as Drake, Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, Steph Curry, Nas and Snoop Dogg, among many others, have all taken to social media to express their shock and sadness and extended their condolences to Nipsey's fiance, Lauryn London, and their kids.

Tributes continue to pour in on Twitter for the rapper.















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6 South African Rap Albums and EPs to Stream Right Now

Stream these new South African releases for a dose of nothing but beats and rhymes.

Hip-hop is always changing. While the melodic style of rapping, which is now a standard in hip-hop, has led to a generation of innovative artists who aren't bounded by the traditional rules of rap, hip-hop fans will never tire of hearing rappers who rely mostly on their raps to catch the listener's attention.

If you are a fan of clever wordplay, impressive cadences and flows and the raw expression of rappity rap, then South Africa always has something for you. Such rappers may not be on the roster of major and influential indie labels, but they exist and are releasing music regularly.

From the clinical raps of Ginger Trill to the playful delivery of SimmySimmyNya, and everything in between, we bring you a list of six South African rap albums and EPs for your headphones.

Editor's note: This list is in no particular order.


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