Celebrities and musicians in the entertainment industry have paid tributes to Nipsey Hussle, Grammy-nominated US rapper, who was shot dead in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old father of two was gunned down outside Marathon Store, his Los Angeles clothing shop, on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Two other people were hospitalized as a result of the shooting.

The deceased rapper had, prior to his death, sent out an ominous tweet which read “having strong enemies is a blessing”.

Among a flurry of tributes that trailed Hussle’s death is that of Drake, who expressed his sadness over the rappers demise, describing him as “a man of respect and a don”.

“My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long,” Drake wrote on Instagram.

“You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance. Nobody ever talks down on your name, you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us.”

Rihanna also expressed shock over the development as she wrote on twitter “this doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken!”.

While conveying his gratitude to the deceased rapper for his commitment to the service of his immediate community, J Cole called Hussle a legend and wrote:

“I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was supposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you.”

Hussle’s debut album, ‘Victory Lap’, had been nominated for the ‘best rap album’ category at the 2019 Grammy Awards against Cardi B; Mac Miller; Pusha T; and Travis Scott.

Hussle has worked with huge names in the entertainment industry including Drake, Childish Gambino, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Young Thug, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Dom Kennedy, among many others.

The Crenshaw rapper was also actively involved in his local community, having worked against gang violence and spearheaded an art initiative called ‘Destination Crenshaw’, an open-air museum that aims at featuring local art.

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