As if his impact isn’t already felt in his neighborhood, Nipsey Hussle’s name will forever live on in Los Angeles. Yesterday, South Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced that the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will be renamed Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, in honor of the late rapper and entrepreneur.
A petition to rename the intersection circulated shortly after Nipsey’s passing last month (Mar. 31) and amassed over 500,000 signatures from around the globe. The intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue is where Nipsey used to hustle his CDs, where he opened his Marathon Clothing store (among other businesses to restore jobs in the community), and where he was tragically gunned down.
“Ermias Asghedom known as ‘Nipsey Hussle’ was an icon and West Coast hero,” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “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. 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.”
According to the Los Angeles Sentinel, the Los Angeles City Council will also adjourn the Council meeting by adding Nipsey’s contributions to the city of Los Angeles into the public record.