THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN AND PRE- SCHEDULED BEFORE THE PASSING OF ERMIAS ASGHEDOM ( NIPSEY HUSSLE ).
YESTERDAY WE LOST A LEADER AND A BROTHER IN ERMIAS. WE ASK THAT YOU TAKE WHAT HE STOOD FOR AND TURN IT INTO ACTION. NOW IS THE TIME TO DOUBLE DOWN AND MAKE SURE WHAT HE STOOD FOR ISN’T LOST.
R.I.P ERMIAS ASGHEDOM
1985 – 2019
Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London unapologetically represent Los Angeles to the fullest, it’s hard not to root for them.They aren’t thirsty for fame like some of these other celebrities and effortlessly remind us they know where they come from. As a unit they demonstrate that you can acquire wealth, sustain a partnership, raise children, remain humble, and overall be fly as fuck.
Lauren got her big break through role as our favorite urban girl next door New New in the 2006 film ATL. She recently revealed in her March 2019 interview with GQ magazine that she almost snagged the role of Faith Evans in the Notorious Movie. I don’t know about you but I would’ve been all for that. Despite being an actress, model, and television personality her most prevalent role is as mom and wifey.
“Do I choose my soul or myself. I went with my soul”.
– Lauren London
In 2010 Nipsey gained major exposure from his major setback with his previous record label Epic Records his choice to go independent propelled him to a new level of success. His hunger for affluence was heard loud and clear on his most recent album Victory Lap which garnered him a Grammy nomination this year.
Together the two are considered west coast royalty and fit the mold of a modern power couple despite the absence of a ring and vows. As of now they have held each other down for a total of five years.
In Hollywood that’s a tenured relationship. Regarding the aforementioned article in GQ magazine written by Mark Anthony Green he makes a remarkable point. Green notes, “Career-wise, Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London occupy the same branch on the pop-culture tree.
I call this branch: The Branch White America Hasn’t Exploited Yet.” Let that sentiment really sink in. That’s a bold statement but the genuine respect they receive from Angelenos is undeniable for this very reason.
This couple goes hard to push the culture forward in a positive way. Nipsey through his music that switched from gangster rap to lyrics that actually contain substance and lessons is a role model for the youth growing up in these LA streets. In his neighborhood, the Crenshaw district, he started a STEM program for inner city children. This proves that he believes in the youth and want to give disadvantaged students a chance to succeed. They don’t call him “Neighborhood Nip Hussle” at LA’s top radio station Real 92.3 for nothing.
“I call this branch: The Branch White America Hasn’t Exploited Yet.”
– MARK ANTHONY GREEN
Lauren being one of the baddest women in the game does her part by choosing roles that portray black women as strong, independent and desirable. Offscreen she carries herself with class and discretion. Amanda Seales hosts a comedy show, Smart Funny & Black, which Lauren participated in a few years back. The show is basically a competition style event where two black celebrities go head to head answering questions pertaining to pop culture, especially black culture and with the agreement of the crowd the winner is chosen. She knew black culture so well she was crowned “Master Black-pert.” She knows how important it is to be rooted in her culture and to demonstrate that you can receive notoriety while keeping your morals intact and distancing yourself from any troll-like behavior.
As for the future, we are very excited for the couple and their upcoming projects. Nipsey is set to create a joint album with Meek Mill this summer. Now that Nipsey is a more lyrical rapper we are looking forward to the fire music he and Meek are set to drop. If I know their music like I think I do, you should be expecting to hear about topics such as criminal justice reform also tips on where and how to invest your money rather than tricking it off on expensive designer clothes and jewelry. After being in the game for awhile Nip prefers to be an artist rather than celebrity and it definitely shows in his body of work.
There have been discussions about a possible ATL 2 movie in the works. Almost thirteen years later and we’re sure London will be able to captivate audiences everywhere. This movie will not only be box office gold but will hopefully produce more representation and perpetuate positive as well as realistic images of the modern black person.
Los Angeles’ urban pop-culture enthusiasts will continue to support this union as long as it remains untainted by White America. The fact that they gained their recognition without the hype of social media, clout chasing, or co-signs by White America has made them a beacon of hope and “couple goals” for so many of us. In Complex Tv’s 2014 episode of The Neighborhood a young LA boy asked Nip “What does it feel like to be famous?” To which he simply replied, “Fuck fame man. Get some money, don’t worry about fame, that’s my answer.”
For the sake of black love and all things right in the world, let’s pray that Nipsey and Lauren keep that same energy forever.