• Nipsey Hussle: Kevin Hart, Michael Che, and more comedians mourn rapper’s death

    Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle’s influence went beyond hip hop and reached deep into the comedy community. Many comics are remembering the artist and paying tribute to his life on social media. The Los Angeles-based rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and activist was killed by apparent gang-related gunfire on Sunday. The 33-year old Grammy-nominated artist was scheduled to appear at an anti-gang violence meeting with the LAPD on Monday. Hussle turned his life around after being involved with a gang during his youth. His generous community involvement ranged from providing jobs to struggling locals to donating money to renovate basketball courts.

    Comedians joined in the memorials to the influential artist who was born as Ermias Ashghedom. His stage name of Nipsey Hussle was a twist on comedian Nipsey Russell’s name.

    Kevin Hart: Done with this “killing shit”

    Kevin Hart posted a couple of tributes on Instagram showing their past interactions, acknowledging “real emotions and feelings right now…u have always been a good dude.” He also tweeted his frustration with “killing shit” on Monday, the day before the premiere of his new Netflix special.


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    God damn man….Real emotions and feelings rights now. Fuck man…u have always been a good dude…I’m so sorry…RIP man

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    Nick Cannon to continue Nipsey Hussle doc

    Nick Cannon chose to remember good times with the slain star. The variety show host also posted that he would continue Hussle’s work, in reference to a documentary that Hussle was making about the late Dr. Sebi. “Where you left off, we gonna carry one! It’s a MARATHON, so I’m picking up the baton!” Cannon then shared three posts about the controversial naturalist who claimed that he invented a cure for AIDS. Dr. Sebi is also at the center of some conspiracy theories.


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    And the Lord said, “Job well done my son..” @nipseyhussle King this is how I want to remember you! Laughing! Smiling! I ain’t slept yet, thinking about our conversations! Real ones from a real one! And I’m gonna say this only for the real ones to recognize. Where you left off, we gonna carry one! It’s a MARATHON, so I’m picking up the baton! Because they can’t kill us all! Spiritual Warfare is REAL and in full effect. And now your Spirit is protecting your community eternally! Your words, your steps, your walk always was and always will be SOLID! Now, Your message is my message! Your work is my work! I know you still rocking with us and your voice will never be silenced, because to be absent from the body is to be present with the Most High! So now that you are at Peace don’t Rest… Keep leading… Keep Shining King! Cosmic Love My Brotha! 🙏🏾✊🏾

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    Cedric the Entertainer praises “unique spirit”

    Cedric the Entertainer praised Hussle for being “a unique spirit, an individual in a world of copy cats and wanna bees.” He called Hussle’s music “honest and hard af.”

    Marlon Wayans: “Let’s be better.”

    Marlon Wayans posted two photos of Hussle and thanked him for his contributions to “art and the community.” Seemingly referencing black-on-black crime, the Wayan brother pleaded, “We gotta stop doing this to ourselves…please y’all please…Let’s be better.”

    Jay Pharoah praises Nipsey Hussle’s authenticity

    Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah noted the rapper’s authentic music. “I was literally just talking about this brother yesterday and how he was actually an artist who had substance [with] his music.”

    Michael Che “admired” Nipsey Hussle

    Current Saturday Night Live star Michael Che posted one of his signature black-and-white typed Instagram stories about Hussle and a fun time they had with Dave Chappelle.

    Michael Che Instagram story saying: one of the most fine hangs i ever had was in atlanta with tip, chappelle, and nipsey. glad i got to tell him how much i admired him. what a terrible way to take his life.

    Mary Stevens

    Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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