Nipsey Hussle in Atlanta, Dec. 10, 2018. He was murdered a year ago today.
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Nipsey Hussle in Atlanta, Dec. 10, 2018. He was murdered a year ago today.
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Nipsey Hussle's LA, MySpace Music, Top Business Managers, Lil Uzi Vert, The Specials, Miles Davis...
Matty Karas (@troubledoll), curator March 31, 2020
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He was plainspoken and unpretentious, steeped in the vernacular but a masterful blunt-force storyteller. Tupac is a natural comparison, but so is Bruce Springsteen.
rant n' rave

It's strange to be living in the middle of an entertainment hub that's all but stopped entertaining. Clubs closed. Theaters closed. No one making movies. Anything that can be stopped, stopped. But there's a strange ring of familiarity, too. Not to compare anything else to the horror that Los Angeles and the rest of the country—and world—is going through right now, but this is, by my count, the third time Los Angeles has shut down, at least figuratively speaking, in the past 12 months. Two months ago, the death of KOBE BRYANT ground LA to an emotional halt. You could feel the stillness for days. And exactly one year ago today, the murder of NIPSEY HUSSLE stunned the sprawling city into silence. People and businesses continued to function, unlike now, but the soul of the city was paralyzed. Horrified. Confused. Devastated. To the rest of the world, Nipsey Hussle was a rapper. In LA, he was a businessman, a hustler, a tech incubator, a philanthropist, a local hero who was from here, who never left here and who had dedicated his life to lifting up his neighbors, to lifting up an entire city if he could. As JEFF WEISS recalls in a gut-punch of an essay for LEVEL, Hussle's funeral 11 days later united the city's rival gangs, its warring rappers, its Eastside and its Westside. "To overcome those deeply rooted divides in both life and death is practically unheard of," Weiss writes. "Nipsey was the only one." Or maybe he was just the first one. In at least some corners of the city, the unity has held. Weiss goes on to trace the community that has continued to sprout from the seeds Hussle planted. Artistic collaborations. New businesses. People trying to not just to remember his legacy, but carry it forward. The ASSOCIATED PRESS quotes the director of the city's Gang Reduction and Youth Development program saying Hussle's death "created an opportunity for conversations to happen, for communication to happen, for leadership to happen that maybe wouldn’t have happened otherwise in the memory and spirit of Nipsey Hussle." He was also, it should be noted, a hell of a rapper—one who knew how to put his thoughts into action. MusicSET: "Nipsey Hussle Left Hip-Hop, and Los Angeles, Better Than He Found Them"... I don't envy anyone in the touring or ticketing business right now. This, from STUBHUB, is a little weird though. If you bought tickets through StubHub for an event that's been canceled, the ticket reseller isn't offering refunds, except "in jurisdictions where they are required." Instead, it's offering credits worth 120% of the original purchase. If, however, you sold tickets through the platform for a now-canceled event, StubHub wants its money back, and "we will charge your credit card on file to reverse the transaction." Does that seem fair? Just asking... TENCENT completes its purchase of 10 percent of UMG... The FADER FORT, a longtime SXSW staple, has morphed this year into a two-day livestream that starts at 10 am ET today. The long list of performers includes KESHA, FINNEAS, DJ SHADOW, JESSIE REYEZ and EARTHGANG... Also going digital this year: MIDEM... Longtime LA TIMES music writer RANDY LEWIS is "calling it a day"... RIP LOU "L.A." KOUVARIS.

Matty Karas (@troubledoll), curator

March 31, 2020