Various people close to Nipsey Hussle reflected on his legacy in Gerrick D. Kennedy's "The Light of Los Angeles" piece for GQ. Inside, Lauren London, Ava DuVernay, DJ Khaled, and Nipsey's father and brother shared personal stories from Nipsey's life in the piece and how they've been healing since his death.
Lauren London, who shares son Kross with Nipsey, started off from the beginning, revealing how they first met. She explained, "We met through a mutual friend, like, on the phone. Because we're both from L.A., we had a lot of friends in common. I had a couple of homegirls that had hung out with him and would come back to me like, 'Oh, my God! You would really like Nip! He seems like your type!'"
After meeting up and hanging out, Lauren then recalled their first official date, which Nipsey set up to look spontaneous, but he planned ahead to have dinner at the home of Lauren's aunt, who he also knew. She added that "It felt so natural for us to be in each other's lives." Lauren also shared stories about Nipsey being spontaneous during their relationship, revealing that they would take trips at the drop of a hat.
She explained, "Nip was very spontaneous. He would be like, 'Boog, let’s go out of town.' And I'd go with him and no luggage. He was very fun in that way. He loved having fun. We’d wake up in the morning, and he'd be like, 'Bet you won't get on a roller coaster.' We would literally just wash our faces, brush our teeth, put on sweats, and go to Magic Mountain, randomly, to get on a roller coaster and start the day."
When it comes to processing his death, Lauren admitted, "I can't talk about our last day together, and I still have to be strong for my children. I have a three-year-old that's still asking, 'Where is Daddy?' He doesn't understand the concept of death."
Others close to Nipsey, including his father, Dawit Asghedom, revealed buying Nipsey 2Pac's Makaveli album despite being hesitant at first. He also shared how he was disappointed to hear that Nipsey had joined a gang. He explained, "I asked him, 'How long have you been doing this? You're smart and everything, but you're hanging with gang members?' I remember asking myself, 'How can I get him out from there?'"
Nipsey's brother Samiel also spoke about being worried for him, stating, "I was very worried about my brother. My cousin Adam [Andebrhan] would have conversations with my brother like, 'Do something positive, because we're not gonna last out here. Nobody lasts out here like that.'"
His music legacy was also praised in the feature, with DJ Khaled revealing that he wanted to sign him after watching his WorldStar documentary. Khaled also revealed that the first verse of their "Higher" collaboration, which is nominated for a 2020 Grammy, came about during a conversation they had just days before Nipsey was murdered.