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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 β€” 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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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre β€” and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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