Grammy nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle shot dead at 33

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"Right around 3:20 this afternoon, there was a shooting that occurred at the 3400 block of West Slauson Avenue", a statement from a public information officer for the Los Angeles police department reads.

Hussle was one of three people shot and was taken to an area hospital where he was "pronounced dead," the Los Angeles TImes reported.

Witnesses said a young man approached Hussle and the two men before firing a number of shots and fleeing to a nearby vehicle. Hussle publicly acknowledged this in a 2010 interview with Complex magazine. His 2013 "Crenshaw" release sold more than 1,000 copies each priced at $100, according to his Press Atlantic Records biography. Last year, he signed on as a community partner in District 8 City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson's Destination Crenshaw project, a mile-long outdoor museum that will run along the Metro Crenshaw Line.

Hussle has previously collaborated with Rick Ross ('Proud Of That'), Kendrick Lamar ('Dedication') and Snoop Dogg ('Snitches Ain't').

The rapper was mourned by big names in the music industry.

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Los Angeles County Board member Mark Ridley-Thomas revealed how important he was to the local community.

Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Asghedom, was highly respected among the hip-hop community and in south Los Angeles where he grew up.

Rihanna, Drake and Ice Cube have led tributes to the musician. Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones!.

"Sad, mad and disappointed about my guy @Nipsey Hussle", Ice Cube posted on Twitter.

Long part of the underground rap circuit, the 33-year-old rapper struggled to find fame but began selling his own mixtapes, which hip-hop royalty Jay-Z once bought 100 of for United States dollars 100 each.

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