So for the past two weeks, I have been mourning for a man that I did not know personally nor a man I’ve ever spoken to in this lifetime. I also have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Nipsey Hussle, not because I didn’t like the man, but simply because he was one of those artists that I didn’t find the time to listen to when he was still alive. And I really hate that this tragic event is what made me start to appreciate his music because he was a great, talented rapper! A really great one. I also knew of Nipsey because of his relationship with a woman, who I believe is one of the most beautiful women I have ever laid eyes on, a true natural beauty – Ms Lauren London.
I was completely aware of their relationship like many people were. And I am truly heartbroken for Lauren. I’m heartbroken for her, their kids, Nipsey’s mother, brother and his entire family. I can’t even imagine the type of pain Lauren is going through, losing her soulmate like that, someone who she called her sanctuary. Do you know what type of man you have to be, to be a woman’s sanctuary? That right there is a REAL MAN. A real, rare man.
Hearing her speech at Nipsey’s memorial really had me crying like a big baby. The entire memorial had me crying. But it also made me realise how great of a man Nipsey truly was. An extremely intelligent man. He was someone who loved others, respected others and protected others. He gave back to his community and uplifted others – to put it simply, he was a real nigga and it’s so terrible how he died. But his legacy will truly live on forever. Not just through his music, through his children, through his family but through all of us who recognise how great of a man he was. An inspiring man who never folded.
I didn’t have much to write in this post but I knew that I wanted to write something because Nipsey and his family have been on my mind and in my prayers for the entire duration of this month so far. There are times where I’m just doing me, living my life and then I’m hit with the sudden fact that Nipsey’s really dead. And he’s never coming back. But I know he’s in a much better place. A place much better than this cruel world we live in.
Rest in Power, Nip. You won’t be forgotten. The marathon continues!