Following the untimely passing of rapper Nipsey Hussle has more reports on the legacy he left behind continuing to surface. It was recently revealed that the LA native’s plans to create the “economic version of Black Lives Matter” will still continue.
The 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper was murdered outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on March 31. But the meaningful work he was doing behind the scenes is set to live on. Real estate developer David Gross worked with Nipsey on the Our Opportunity community investment fund. Gross recently revealed the late rapper’ plans to create an “economic version” of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“[Nipsey] wanted to be a symbol and really spark a movement,” Gross told the LA Times. “Basically, it was the economic version of Black Lives Matter. [That] is what we were trying to create.”
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Nipsey and his business partners aimed to use a recent federal law tax incentive to revitalize a total of 11 different cities. Our Opportunity launches real estate projects with local leaders “in a systematic way,” Gross explained. The group was working to add 80 apartment units to the strip mall that surrounds Nipsey’s Marathon Clothing shop in Los Angeles. Gross and other investors will formally unveil the Our Opportunity fund later this month.
Gross previously shared how Nipsey’s death affected their team of members who all admired the late rapper’s leadership.
“They loved him,” Gross told Complex in April. “A lot of them are feeling it right now. But I can say that it was never a thought that it wouldn’t go on.”