Rapper Nipsey Hussle killed in Los Angeles Source: BBC

Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle has been shot dead outside his clothing shop, US media report.

The 33-year-old was shot a number of times, and was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Nipsey Hussle’s album Victory Lap received a nomination for best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Rihanna was among the artists who were shocked by the news, tweeting “my spirit is shaken by this”.

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Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Davidson Asghedom, grew up in South Los Angeles and was in 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.”

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