By Jordan Harris
First, I would like to start off by saying rest in paradise to the late rap legend, Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom.
Not only was Nipsey influential in the world of rap but in his hometown, Los Angeles, California and around the globe.
Born on August 15, 1985, his life was quickly taken away from him and everyone who loved and cared for Nipsey at the age of 33 on March 31, to a senseless act of violence.
Throughout Nipsey Hussle’s life, he touched so many souls, and inspired so many people, including other artists.
Most artist, fans and family remembered Nipsey’s legacy by painting their cars “Nipsey Blue” or sending love and compassion as he took his last victory lap after his memorial service.
His soul-mate Lauren London honored him by getting Nipsey’s face permanently tattooed on her, and even some fans have done the same.
However, there was one person who I felt went about honoring him the wrong way, when Jermaine Dupri took to Twitter saying, “I believe nip was Jesus.”
I believe nip was Jesus 🔵🔵
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 12, 2019
A lot of people believe his comment was a bit much and quite a reach, including myself.
Yes, I can see where Jermaine Durpri could compare similarities, including the age of death, and the cause of death (murder) between the two, but that does NOT give him the right to compare a human to Jesus!
@BeBe2Beautiful on Instagram replied back to Jermaine’s statement saying “The idolatry is real …he was a man …a great one at that…but JESUS NO! …Jesus is perfection and he wasn’t ‘perfect’ …and he wasn’t out here giving NOBODY eternal life or forgiving sins…PERIODT”
I agree 100%
It’s very interesting to me that when a person is sick everyone is quick to ask someone for their prayers, with hope that it heal the pain,but when I say I feel like nip was Jesus,I’m crazy 🤔
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 12, 2019
There are so many ways to honor, remember and respect Nipsey Hussle without naming him Jesus, many of those examples found in the way he was laid to rest.
The legacy Ermias left behind was so powerful that the only way to accommodate everyone who wished to attend the funeral service was to have it at the Staples Center in LA and film it live on BET!
Tickets sold out within 10 minutes of being released to the public, while only allowing four tickets per household and limited to LA residents.
The only other entertainer that I can think of that had a funeral at this scale was Michael Jackson, which shows the impact this human being had on the world.
Again, not Jesus or some spiritual being, but a human being.
A human so exceptional that he had a letter personally written and sent to his memorial service by Barack Obama to be read at the funeral.
Again, because of Nipsey’s significant life and passing, the beliefs and rumors made by Jermaine and others on social media, that Nipsey Hussle was more than a man, are understandable.
However, when Jermaine was constantly questioned and interrogated by fans, he responded saying “I’m not comparing, I’m saying I think he was, how strong is your belief?” and then said “How many signs do we need as people to believe he’s in our presence?”
I just herd @JoeBudden say nip was Jesus as well, are we both crazy? Btw any one that’s saying I’m reaching or I’m crazy, clearly doesn’t believe in a higher power and I’m cool with that,but I do!! and I have felt it many of times
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) April 13, 2019
The thing about naming Nipsey Hussle Jesus, is that it takes people’s focus off of the tremendous things Ermias did while still alive and puts it on his title of being Jesus instead.
There are many other ways to honor Nipsey and continue his legacy. Take Nick Cannon, for example.
Nick Cannon hinted on social media that he will be picking up where Nipsey left off and continue the documentary on Dr. Sebi, an African American man who claimed to have the cure for AIDS and other terminal diseases but was put on trial and later found dead under police custody.
That’s not all!
The new Nipsey Hussle Memorial basketball court recently opened at the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and 60th street, right around the area where Nipsey grew up.
— Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) April 15, 2019
South Los Angeles city councilman will name the intersection of Crenshaw boulevard and West Slauson avenue “Ermias ‘Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom Square”
Every little thing helps to continue the Marathon and pay respects without Nipsey being named Jesus.
Meek Mill, T.I. and The Game also paid their respects to Nipsey by purchasing an abundance of items from The Marathon Clothing Store, owned by Nipsey Hussle.
Rapper Offset joined the movement by repainting all his cars “Nipsey Blue.”
Other artist including Ohio artist Machine Gun Kelly, TDE artist SchoolBoy Q, and Jhene Aiko even postponed the release of new music out of respect for Nipsey.
There are plenty of other examples you can find of people showing major respect and honoring him in the wake of his death that are all meaningful in their own way.
— Complex (@Complex) April 20, 2019
Nipsey Hussle was an amazing MAN who touched the souls of many with the power of his words and platform.
THAT, is the reason the world should remember, celebrate and continue the Marathon for Nip.
NOT because he was Jesus but because he was Ermias ‘Nipsey Hussle’ Asghedom and NO ONE ELSE.