I’m taking a break from writing for a moment to get something off my chest. The death of Ermias Davidson Asghedom (Nipsey Hussle), beyond the primary reason he was killed (speaking truth to power), was killed for another reason. Nipsey not only spoke truth to power, but he was also empowering. Neither his art nor did he assimilate to the marketed stereotype of Hip Hop artists. He rhymed and was a REAL advocate for those looking to him as a role model. He did what few do (LOUDLY) and he was silenced for it:
“Ermias Davidson Asghedom (Nipsey Hussle) provided the blueprint for future rappers – talented lyricists – destined for the industry. On top of showing them how to think beyond Hip Hop, he also showed them how to combat Mumble Rap – a weapon designed by the opposition to our covert empowerment movement, which has been underway, through song, since slavery of which America, herself, has yet to atone for.”
Many artists play the game and, like Harriet Tubman, take shit from their own people all-the-while these same artists are covertly using their power and influence to liberate us all. Get it? Shawn Corey Carter (Jay-Z) wrote a song about it, THE STORY OF O.J., where he wholly new, and informed you and me, that no matter how high you get, you’re STILL A NIGGA in the eyes of HE or SHE who are not WE. I see you Jay and all those like you Nipsey. Even if no one else does.
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