While describing the story of the biblical adjudicator Samson, the Bible’s book of Judges partially reads the following in the 16th verse of the book’s 30th chapter:
“So the dead, which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.”
Though rapper Nipsey Hussle’s life and how it ended sharply contrasts from the circumstances chronicled in the Bible about Samson, the way the legacies of these two men has lived on is comparable. Nipsey’s last tweet, which was made shortly before his death was: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”
According to the Bible, Samson’s last words were uttered aloud while being imprisoned by his enemies. He then martyred himself in a kamikaze attack against his people’s oppressors. Prior to his end, Samson said: “Let me die with the Philistines!”
In his last proclamation, Samson identified who his enemies were specifically. In a final and now infamous tweet, Nipsey (born Ermias Asghedom) did not specify who his enemies were. However, over the last eight months, Nipsey’s damage against his doubters and naysayers has been delivered in another way: Through the reigns of his posthumous success.
Nipsey had been involved in the music business for roughly 15 years before he earned his first Grammy Award nomination. His early 2019 Academy nod for “Best Rap Album” (Victory Lap) came a little over a month before he died. But a fast-forward to the current prelude ahead of the 2020 Grammy Awards shows even more.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Nipsey Hussle has earned three posthumous nominations for his music ahead of the the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards show. The always lofty and televised ceremony is scheduled for January 26, 2020. It will be held at the renowned Staples Center in Los Angeles, California; Nipsey’s hometown.
There are two songs by the slain rap artist, which garnered these three Grammy nominations. Racks in the Middle (produced by Hit Boy and featuring Roddy Ricch) has been nominated in the “Best Rap Song” and “Best Rap Performance” Grammy categories.
Famed music producer DJ Khaled’s 2018 song Higher (featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend) also helped the West Coast rap legend earn another Grammy nomination. This song was nominated in the “Best Rap/Sung Performance” category.
The term “killing it” in today’s so-called urban dictionary means to succeed at an alarming rate. Samson’s job in life was to bring evildoers to justice. At any rate, this duty meant him doing so by claiming their lives if need be. In his death, the biblical-era judge definitely took down more evildoers than he did in his life.
Nipsey’s music videos have literally garnered hundreds of millions of hits in the months that have gone by after his death.
During his life, he never achieved such a feat. But three Grammy nominations in death is certainly more than some of this era’s more popular new rappers have ever earned in their lives. A single Grammy win by Nipsey in January 2020 could catapult his musical legacy to even newer heights. Three Grammy losses could do the same.
Nonetheless, living or dying, Nipsey is still “killing it” in the rap world now. The Marathon continues…