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Lauren London is paying tribute to her “other half,” boyfriend Nipsey Hussle, on what would have been his 34th birthday, the first since he was gunned down in March.
“Today We celebrate You my beloved,” London, 34, wrote on Instagram Thursday. “We should encourage and inspire today because that is how Hussle lived his life.”
London accompanied her message with a picture of herself mourning Nipsey at a makeshift memorial, in addition to a photo of the couple and a solo image of the rapper.
“His Purpose still lives on with us all. Ermias wasn’t a sad soul. He was a powerful strong magical soul. Today is the day we lift up… I miss you. I love you,” she added.
Nipsey, who was born Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles on March 31.
London announced Aug. 1 on Instagram that Nipsey’s clothing storefront, a place fans frequently stop to play their respects, wastemporarily closing.
“As a notice to the public, we’re putting up a gate on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 to enclose the plaza at 3420 W. Slauson Avenue to start the early development stages of the forthcoming Nipsey Hussle Tower to commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Nipsey,” her notice reads. “The Marathon Store will remain closed, but you can shop online at TheMarathonClothing.com.”
The music community joined London in wishing Nipsey a happy heavenly birthday.
Beyoncé quoted lyrics from her song with Jay-Z and Childish Gambino, titled “Mood 4 EVA,” which is featured on her new “The Lion King: The Gift” compilation album.
“The marathon will be televised for N.I.P. ’cause true kings don’t die, we multiply, peace,” she wrote, adding, “Happy birthday in paradise.”
DJ Khaled – who collaborated with John Legend and Nipsey on “Higher,” the rapper’s final music video before his death – wrote, “Happy bday @nipseyhussle bless up.”
He added, “The marathon continues.”
Fellow Los Angeles rapper YG wrote, “HAPPY CDAY BRO! we love you we miss you @nipseyhussle.” YG concluded his message with dozens of red and blue hearts.
Rapper Meek Mill said, “Happy birthday to you bro …. I know you somewhere doing some cool (expletive) feeling good!!!! #themarathoncontinues@nipseyhussle.”
Snoop Dogg, who spoke at Nipsey’s Celebration of Life memorial at the Staples Center in April, wrote, “Happy. C Day king we will never let your legacy go.”
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Rapper T.I. said that although “we’ve all faced trauma and dealt wit death our whole lives, ” Nipsey’s death “hit different.” He added, “Even still we stand solid.”
“You left an undeniable legacy behind for all of us to use as a blueprint to success,” T.I. wrote. “With love and respect we represent & salute you daily!”
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