Ermias Joseph Asghedom (August 15, 1985 - March 31, 2019), better known by his stage name Nipsey Hussle (often stylised as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American rapper from Los Angeles, California. His stage name was derived from comedian and actor Nipsey Russell. Asghedom initially became known for the release of several mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain't Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw. After much delay, his debut studio album, Victory Lap, was released in 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019.
Asghedom was shot and killed outside his store, Marathon Clothing, in South Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.