HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, the sudden death of Nipsey Hussle rocked the industry. Also, Mally Mall‘s mansion was raided for human and animal trafficking. Lastly, three more of Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods associates entered guilty pleas.
Long Live Nipsey Hussle
On March 31, Nipsey Hussle lost his life after being shot up to six times outside his Marathon clothing store by a 29-year-old man named Eric Holder. The Hip Hop community mourned as news of his untimely passing spread.
The Grammy Award-nominated rap star, born Ermias Asghedom, is survived by his two-year-old son Kross Asghedom, whom he shares with ATL actress Lauren London, and daughter Emani Asghedom, from a previous relationship. He was 33.
Eventually, London broke her silence as well as his older brother, Samiel Asghedom, who actually found him lying in front of the store ahead of paramedics arrival. He detailed those final moments with the Los Angeles Times.
Holder is due in court May 10. He was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon on Thursday (April 4) and pleaded not guilty. He is being represented by O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden.
Nipsey’s funeral is set take place at the Staples Center on Thursday (April 11).
Read more about Nipsey Hussle passing away here.
SWAT Team Raids Mally Mall’s Home
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Follow @HipHopDX for more on this: Mally Mall’s San Fernando Valley home was raided by SWAT, FBI and California Department of Fish & Wildlife on Wednesday (April 3). Although he wasn’t arrested, Mally isn’t off the hook yet. According to TMZ, the O.G. producer has been accused of multiple sexual assaults and human sex trafficking, along with alleged importation of exotic animals. ____ LAPD SWAT reportedly told supporting officers the raid was triggered by allegations of “multiple rapes and human sex trafficking, as well as firearms on the premises.” They also said “he was illegally importing exotic species into California for people working in the entertainment industry.”
SWAT, FBI and California Department of Fish & Wildlife raided producer Mally Mall‘s mansion on Wednesday (April 3). He’s been accused of multiple sexual assaults, human sex trafficking and the importation of exotic animals.
The rape allegations stem from a Texas woman Mally flew out in January. She alleged he drugged, raped and locked her up in a room.
Authorities have yet to arrest him, however.
Read more about Mally Mall’s home being raided here.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Associates Dropping Like Flies
Three additional Tekashi 6ix9ine co-defendants entered guilty pleas, this week.
On Tuesday (April 2), Jensel “Ish” Butler entered his guilty plea and on Wednesday (April 3), Faheem “Crippy” Walter and Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones entered their guilty pleas.
Five co-defendants total have pleaded guilty in the racketeering case.
Read more about Tekashi 6ix9ine’s court case here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Nipsey Hussle, WWE & Russell Simmons
Real Big: Nipsey Hussle & His Many Business Ventures
Nipsey Hussle was not only a great rap artist, he was also a great businessman. HipHopDX explores Nip’s ongoing business ventures which include his co-working space Vector90 and innovative Marathon smart clothing store.
Read more on Nipsey Hussle’s business ventures here.
Rap Meets Wrestling: Hip Hop’s Favorite WWE WrestleMania Memories
Murs, Westside Gunn, Mega Ran and other Hip Hop artists share their favorite WWE moments.
Read more on WWE & Hip Hop here.
Russell Simmons Calls For EVERYONE To Participate In Black Divinity Meditation Day
Russell Simmons called on everyone to support Black Divinity Meditation Day on Saturday (April 6) and Sunday (April 7). He explained to HipHopDX in an exclusive interview why.
“The purpose of Black Meditation Day is a day of self-reflection,” Simmons tells HipHopDX. “When we know the self, we know God. This self-knowledge is critical for all people. People of color all over the world have had an especially difficult time. Due to colonialism and slavery, they have been cut off from their culture, religion and, in many cases, self-love.”
Read the full Russell Simmons interview here.