Rapper Nipsey Hussle’s killer on murder trial

The trial of Eric Holder, the man accused of murdering the rapper Nipsey Hussle is expected to start this week.

He’s accused of murder and two counts of attempted murder on 31 March 2019, he has so far pleaded not guilty.

Nipsey was shot dead outside his clothing business in south Los Angeles and tributes poured in from across the music industry.

Beyonce, Rihanna, Drake, Chance The Rapper, John Legend and Big Sean were among the artists that spoke about him.

The 33 year old grew up in south Los Angeles. As a teenager, he was a member of the Rollin’ 60s street gang.

 

Nipsey, real name Ermias Asghedom, took 10 years to release his Grammy-nominated debut album, Victory Lap, after rejecting major-label cash to build his own empire.

The rapper famously sold 1,000 copies of his 2013 Crenshaw mixtape for $100 – even persuading Jay-Z to buy 100 copies – which gave him the financial security he needed to pursue music on his own terms.

Nipsey later became a community organiser, and was involved with the Destination Crenshaw community arts project.

He opened the Marathon Clothing store as a way of investing in his neighbourhood.

According to an interview with Complex magazine, he said he wanted to focus on “giving solutions and inspiration” to young black men like him.

He funded improvements to neighbourhood schools and spent time with students, also participating on panels about growing up in the area and the influence of gang culture.

He helped to open a co-working space which was dedicated to having greater diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Prior to his death, Nipsey Hussle had also contacted officials from the Los Angeles Police Department to arrange a meeting about what they could do to help prevent gang violence in South Los Angeles.