The term “Hustle” in the online variations of any dictionary, carries 15 deferent explanations. However the one that stood out to me for this article explains hustle as having “busy movement and activity”.
The term was first used in the late 17th century (originally in the sense, to ‘shake or toss’). It originated from Middle Dutch hutselen. Hustle became a household verb and or noun dating from the early 20th century and in today’s urban lingo (another name for black people talk), to hustle is to have the courage, confidence, self belief and self-determination to go out there ( in the world) and work for whatever you want, until you find the successes you want in life.
Sometime on Sunday March 31st, a young hustler, an Eritrean-American by the name of Ermias Davidson Asghedom , was murdered outside his place of business in Compton California. Like many who grew up in that part of Los Angles, young black men usually had a passion for sports or music, as a way to get out of the crushing poverty and racism of amurdikkka’s and California’s discrepancies in social and economic classes.
And like most of these young men looking to change their circumstances, getting resources was tough, especially since Asghedom left his mother’s house at 14 to live with his grandmother. Asghedom said he got involved in street life as he tried to support himself, and he joined the gang Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips as a teenager. It was there he choose the moniker Nipsey Hustle and got into rapping and songwriting. Emerging from the West Coast hip hop scene in the mid-2000s, He initially became known for his numerous mixtapes, including his Bullets Ain’t Got No Name series, The Marathon, The Marathon Continues and Crenshaw, the latter of which rapper Jay-Z, bought 100 copies for $100 each.
After much delay, his début studio album Victory Lap was released in February 2018 to critical acclaim and commercial success, and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in 2019. All this before he reached 31 years of age But more important than all of that, Nipsey Hustle overstood the Afurakan concept of “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.
Hustle believed whole heartedly in giving back to the streets and community that supported his rise to the top, without the oppression of record companies and agents who always look to syphon off the energies and blood of talented artists to engorged themselves. Outside of music, Nipsey Hussle said he wanted to provide hope and motivation to those who grew up in Crenshaw like him, and pay it forward. In that vein, being a strong businessman, the rapper and business partner Dave Gross purchased the Crenshaw plaza where his Marathon Clothing store is located, and had plans to knock it down and “rebuild it as a six-story residential building atop a commercial plaza where a revamped Marathon store will be the anchor tenant.”
Think about this for a moment. He just bought a whole strip mall, a strip mall he used to hustle his mixed tape in front off, out of the trunk of his car. He was about to open a co-working space and teach financial literacy to the disenfranchised of the Compton neighborhood of Crenshaw. Yet Some unknown gun man killed him and wounded two others standing close by. Apparently in front of his wife and daughter. I hope the last wasn’t true, because that would be very disturbing and traumatic for them.
According to numerous reactions Hustle was killed because he was about to make a documentary on murdered Afurakan herbalist-nutritionists Dr. Sebi and his trial for claiming ( and proving) to cure people of AIDS. Many counter reactions by kneegrows…the cave monkey don’t count…was that the conspiracy theorists are out with their tin foil hats. Below is a video he did with the breakfast club recently.
Now I am not here to praise this rapper or worship him as a celebrity. That’s not my style. I am however shocked at the seemingly senseless murder of a man who by all accounts was doing so much for and putting back so much into a community lacking much positive media spotlight or positive anything. After all Compton is notorious for being the origin of the Crips and later its offshoot, the Bloods, a fratricidal gang of lost men and boys, that was created in 1969. Compton is a place infamous for its violent gangs and dirty streets.
Extending from the remains of a once prosperous suburban community, in the uncaring eyes of most of this shit hole country, Compton has become a broken city, reflected through its society and reputation. The poverty-stricken South Central LA area is now recognized nationwide by one thing, and one thing only. Its gangs. But what led to the rise of the prominent Crips and Bloods? Many middle-class Afurakan citizens of amurdikkka started moving to Compton, from the South to escape Jim Crow abuses, but also to seek job opportunities in the North and West of the country. Many ended up in this predominately white community. For a long time Compton’s population was mostly white and even today still boasts a fair amount of white Americans. Making up about 16% of the current population, although that is not very commonly known. The addition of Afurakan citizens of amurdikkka changed the demographic of Compton, but that did not go over well with Europeans. Afurakans were far from accepted with open arms and faced a lot of discrimination and racism. The City Council even tried dismantling the Compton Police Department in order to exclude Afurakans…from law enforcement. All of this set the precedent for the racial injustice that would continue to buildup through time in Compton.
Police assaults, as well as the encouragement of assaults by citizens without any punishment, weighed heavy on the spirits of a people who only wanted to live their life without stress. The racial unrest that still continues today has greatly influenced what Compton has become. As it became more and more of a Afurakan community, Compton saw a great economic decline, as business and employment moved out of the neighbourhoods, which escalated even more after the conclusion of WWII.
Many were left jobless and poverty rose. Unfortunately, it would just get worse from there. Due to the fact that Compton was now a predominantly Afurakan community it received much less help from the County and the State than other cities where a majority where white did. This racism and inequality not only damped the economy, but due to the fact that having Afurakan neighbors was considered a bad thing, property values plummeted as well. More than a few young men came together to protect their neighbourhoods from roving bands of citizens and undercover race soldiers, who history has shown us, always swoop down on Afurakans to sow terror among the defenseless. Compton’s situation continued to drastically worsen and after most white people and jobs left the area, many started to turn to crime and drugs looking for an economic solution. This is the reason gang culture became so prominent here and in other depressed cities.
The most notorious gang was the Crips, who sought to fill the void left after the dismantling of the Black Panther Party by Nazi Ronald Ray-gun and the vipers of California’s Gestapo police force.The mixture of racial unrest and economic depression was just enough to set the right atmosphere for gangs to arise. Gangs were a simple, dangerous, adrenalin filled way of making cash. They could deal drugs, rob people and stores, and come up with a healthy profit. Many frustrated youth turned to this system.
Like everything else the children of slaves touched, without a cultural foundation, it often turned to shit! The gangs that formed decided to fight AGAINST each other for survival instead of uniting against the government and outside forces, bent on eliminating them or had suppressed them before. Herbert Anthony Stevens, better know by his stage name “Ab-Soul,” is a rapper from Los Angeles who hypothesized in his song “Terrorist Threats,” “If all the gangs in the world unified, we’d stand a chance against the military tonight.”
Instead it seemed gangs formed rivalries and worked to try to out do each other in terms of territory and revenue. What I find interesting is not that Nipsey Hustle was doing a documentary on Dr. Sebi. No…what I find interesting is two-fold.
First, he was providing economic relief and hope for a whole neighbourhood. He expected to teach and train future leaders and entrepreneurs to break stereotypes and eventually compete on their own merit. Now that is a powerful vision. Hustle had influenced so many people, even those not in his circle, because he was one of a very few who reached back to help his brother and sister up. The other interesting thing I read was that he was shot in the head. From a far distance. Anybody who does gun training, including military or police training, will tell you a head shot is a very skilled and difficult thing to accomplish from a distance. Apparently no one of the survivors saw a gun man. There was no drive by. Which is prompting the police to score street cameras and asking for assistance. This could only mean that the shooter was a distance away. Somewhere in sniper distance. Kneegrows don’t do sniper shit, unless they are ex military or police snipers themselves. We usually do a drive by, ride by or run up and spray everybody, sometimes hitting people we didn’t mean to hit. Yet a head shot? With two other people wounded for effect?
Things that make you go mmmmm?
Rapper Nas mourned Hussle’s death on Instagram and wrote, “It’s dangerous to be an MC. Dangerous to be a b-ball player. It’s dangerous to have money. Dangerous To Be A Black Man.” Somebody else mentioned that this echoes “the same pattern, (where) someone comes along trying to enlighten and change the cycle and they’re killed. Every time….” If you follow the bouncing ball and recall that last year a story broke that Latino gangs were brought in by local authority to kill, burn and bomb out black neighbourhoods to make them unlivable.
California is an expensive place to live.
And it has high value real estate. Compton is one such area that through gentrification could be a boon and boost for white or non black business and residence to swoop in and take advantage of another “abandoned black neighborhood”. Teaching black people to take back their community is trending right now. It’s however a dangerous trend to people who see real estate as the ultimate base of power.
Real Estate: from the Latin Real (Royal) Estate (land). Real Estate and the fight over it, has caused more wars and family break ups than trade wars or vagina ( Helen of Troy any one?) has ever done. During the rise of European Feudalism, which corresponded with the demise of the European Monarchy, land was leased out to tenants to farm and lived on, but never owned. I once sat in a lecture on entrepreneurship where the speaker mentioned that for McDonald’s…yes that one…wealth is not in their restaurant, but in the real estate they were able to purchase to put the restaurants on. Banks are notorious for owning the land they sit on and rarely if ever sell that property. Preferring to rent or lease any business on that former bank site.
Real Estate and the need to own land, has been the boon and bane of many cultures not respectful of land sharing. None more so than the Europeans. It was Real Estate or land that made them come west to Turtle Island and surrounding lands. Some where searching for gold and diamonds, but many wanted land to have a new start in life. And didn’t mind killing a few black people along the way.
Read that last line again.
Even today in Afuraka, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and South America, white people stealing lands and displacing the owners in order to mine, live on or place business on, is as naturally as them breathing air. After the great perversion that was chattel slavery, was legal ended in order to remove the wealth of the plantation owners for the new wealth of the industrialists, black people were promised and never given their forty acres and a mule to fight the tribal war for the North against its redder neck cousin, in the South. And when we went west or north to find land, we inevitably were burned out, run out or murdered out right for the lands. And most of the time this was done with the direct and indirect support of local, state or federal governments. Ourstory is filled with such tales. None more egregious than the story of Black Wall street.
While many are claiming that some random black guy shot Ermias Davidson Asghedom, I prefer to say his real name ( otherwise known as Nipsey Hustle), I see the nefarious hands of white people in this. He was not some random thug, doing thug shit. This was a business man, who exemplified the amurdikkklan lie that anybody can pull themselves up by their boot strap. The lie is you as an Afurakan person, can do so without interference. White wealth has always been built on credit. That is, its built on white people taking credit for every thing black people do. Like building the economy of the South during our enslavement. Saving their assess in their civil war, their Revolutionary wars, WWI and WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the site of the Capital of amurdikkka and many other things that meritorious manumission would take care of. And for the record, most murders of famous people are committed in amurdikkka after they attempted to rally our people to raise our economic and land ownership status. I believe the fall out from this murder will either be that “lone gun man on a grassy knoll” or some sucker “known to police” ans offered up as a sacrifice to appease those who will readily blame it on black on black crime. But how does a random black dude shooting him explained? Are they gonna say it was a drug deal gone bad? past beef? childhood revenge?, Gang activity? what will be the official police report?
Things that make you go mmmmm?