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Rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead in LA

Artists including Drake, Rihanna and J Cole have paid tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has been shot dead in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old was gunned down outside his clothing shop.

Drake described him as “a man of respect and a don”, while Rihanna wrote on Twitter: “This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this!”

Two other people were wounded in the shooting outside Marathon Clothing in south Los Angeles.

Lt Chris Ramierez of the Los Angeles Police Department told media at the scene of the shooting that they were looking for a black male suspect.

Nipsey Hussle’s debut album Victory Lap received a nomination for best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards, where he was nominated against Cardi B, Mac Miller, Pusha T and Travis Scott.

Writing on Instagram, Pusha called him a “rare breed” adding: “Sad to see you go Nip, I’m only finding peace in knowing you are blessed… I was honoured to share in such an amazing year with you musically.

“I would gauge everyone’s music credibility based on if they mentioned you.”

Drake, who won a Grammy on the same night and recorded the 2009 track Killer Nipsey Hussle, also took to Instagram to pay tribute.

Drake, Nipsey Hussle and T.I.Drake (left) and Nipsey Hussle (centre) pictured with fellow rapper T.I. in 2010

“My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this,” he wrote. “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.

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

Other to pay tribute included rapper J. Cole and producer and artist Pharrell Williams.

Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Montrezl Harrell wrote his own tribute on his trainers to the rapper.

LA Clippers basketball player Montrezl Harrell's trainerLA Clippers basketball player Montrezl Harrell’s trainer marked the rapper’s death

Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, grew up in south Los Angeles and was a member of the Rollin’ 60s street gang when he was a teenager.

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

“I grew up in gang culture,” he told the Los Angeles Times in a 2018 interview. “We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it.”

Earlier on Sunday, he had tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

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