Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s tragic shooting death in March undoubtedly left a huge hole in not only the rap community but also the Los Angeles community. But according to a new Los Angeles Times article, the slain MC was still the subject of a LAPD investigation at the time of his death.
Officials in the Police Department and city attorney’s office were reportedly looking into his alleged gang affiliations. They were investigating Nipsey, his property and business associates in an effort to determine if the strip mall at the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue was a gang activity hub.
That same intersection was the location of Nip’s Marathon Clothing store and sadly, the very spot his life was taken on March 31.
The LAPD’s investigation will continue in the wake of Nip’s passing, meaning there’s a possibility authorities could take action against his business partners.
Although the city pressured Nip’s former landlords to evict the Grammy Award-nominated rapper and his associates as part of the investigation, the landlords instead sold the property to Hussle and a group of investors for $2.5 million earlier this year.
Despite his Rollin ’60s Crips affiliations, Nipsey rightfully earned the nickname “Neighborhood Nip.” Before his murder, he was working with the city to reduce gang violence.
The 33-year-old intended to build new apartments, which was considered an “important investment” in the neighborhood in the face of gentrification. He often offered gang affiliates jobs and tried to help former inmates who had served prison time for gang-related crimes.