Los Angeles councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced on Tuesday (April 9) that he is planning to submit a motion to have the L.A. intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue renamed to "Nipsey Hussle Square," in memory of the late rapper who was shot and killed on March 31.
“Ermias Asghedom known as “Nipsey Hussle” was an icon and West Coast hero,” Harris-Dawson said in a press release (via Los Angeles Sentinel). “Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with from family, friends, fans, and his larger community."
"As a father, brother, and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations," he continued. "Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound, his numerous philanthropic efforts, his innovative, community-focused business mindset, and his humble heart."
The street renaming was sparked by an online petition that went viral following the death of the rapper, who was killed outside of his clothing store, The Marathon, just over a week ago. So far, the petition has garnered nearly 500,000 signatures to date. In addition to the impending street renaming, the Los Angeles City Council will adjourn the Council meeting in honor of Neighborhood Nip.
Nipsey Hussle's memorial service will take place this Thursday (April 11) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The event will begin at 10 a.m. PST and end at noon.