Nipsey Hussle’s Family Launches The Neighborhood Nip Foundation
When Nipsey Hussle was an aspiring rapper, he relied on a music program in Watts where he would go and record music for free. Now his family is launching a similar program in his memory. Nipsey Hussle’s family has launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation that will provide opportunities to the youth who want to pursue a music career.
“We used to talk a lot about [what the Watts Towers program] meant to him,” Nipsey’s brother Samiel Asghedom told the Los Angeles Times. “A push, a little help can go a long way, and that’s what this foundation will 100% be about. The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him.”
The first to gift the foundation with a hefty six-figure donation was Nip’s label Atlantic Records. Asghedom said the label that Nipsey called home jumped at the chance to be the first to donate.
“Nipsey will be forever missed, but his courageous, generous spirit lives on in his incredible music and the impact he made on the community,” Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman and COO Julie Greenwald said in a statement to the Times. “Nip’s love for the generation coming up behind him is a big part of what’s inspiring this foundation, and we’re proud to celebrate his life by supporting his legacy.”
The family is still working on forming the organizations programs and initiatives.
Puma will also be making a donation. Before the “Hussle & Motivate” rapper’s death in March, he partnered with Puma through his Marathon clothing line to release a collection. All of the proceeds from the sales will go to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation. Their collection drops September 5th.
“Nipsey always put his community first, and we know he wouldn’t want it any other way,” read a statement from Puma.