Lauren London, Meek Mill, Rick Ross Reflect on Nipsey Hussle's Legacy

Published At: 02 December 2019 , 05:18 PM

In the latest G.Q. feature, fellow artists and others close to the late Nipsey Hussle show on his far-reaching legacy that spanned from community activism to an inspirational dedication to creative independence.

"We met by a mutual friend, like, on the phone," Lauren London, Nipsey's companion and the mother of son Kross, said in Gerrick D. Kennedy's best "The Light of Los Angeles" piece. "Because we are both from L.A., we had a lot of friends in the community. I had some of the homegirls that had hung out with him and would get back to me like, 'Oh, my God! You would like Nip! He appears like your type!'"

London then remembered what she thinks her first date with Nipsey, which involved stopping by her aunt's house to eat before starting down the PCH and talking for hours. "We started kicking it daily for weeks, and then I understood that we never went to dinner and had, like, a decent first date," she said. "From there, it was very…easy. It felt so familiar for us to be in each other's lives."

Lauren likewise looked back on Nipsey's "gentle" way to fatherhood, his inspiration ("He loved having fun"), the three books he purchased her a few days before his death, her hesitance to talk about their last day together, and more.

Formerly, artists including Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and Meek Mill talked on their relationship with and respect for Nipsey. Rick Ross, speaking on his earlier addressed attempt to sign Nipsey, remembered first meeting him back in 2009.

"I told him, I see the impact you will build on the world," Rozay told G.Q. "I always understood he would be greater than just music. I saw it from the start." Though Nipsey eventually turned down the deal, Rick understood the choice and stayed in touch.

"Nipsey had his hopes for independence," he said. "I appreciated his position."