60 Days 60 Nights: Remembering The Life of Nipsey Hussle
by RJ Johnson
“The longest 60 days and 60 nights that any Los Angeles area local could experience.”
With the death of rapper and community hero, Nipsey Hussle, there has been an uproar in the LA streets that puts natives within these neighborhoods in danger.
Los Angeles gang “Rollin 60s Crip” – originally formed from the Westside Crips in 1976 – has an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 members, making it one of the largest gangs in the Los Angeles area.
Nipsey Hussle was affiliated with Rollin 60s Crip, and his death on March 31st, 2019 sent shockwaves through the communities that he helped build and maintain. Nipsey was shot multiple times by former Rollin 60s affiliate Eric Holder.
Hussle died right in front of his Marathon Clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“Later that day, there were 19 people being transported to hospitals after being stampeded, after a stabbing had occurred,” according to NBC News.
A shooting killed one person and wounded three others in Los Angeles near the funeral procession route for the late rapper.
60 Days, 60 Nights is the gang retaliation of senseless violence and crime from the Rollin 60s gang that is potentially going to take place after Nipsey’s death.
Members of the Rollin 60s gang thought that the killer of Nipsey was from a rival gang, but it ultimately ended up being one of their own.
This, however, did not hold these gang members from considering a violent crime spree, mirroring the one that took place in 2015 in South Central LA, which had 27 victims of random shootings with six casualties in only five days.
Out of 20 of the shootings that happened in this five-day time period, two occurred in broad daylight. There was no time, or precautionary measures that locals could take that would help hide them from the chaos taking place.
Since this, the 100 Days, 100 Nights period was sparked by two rival gangs, one being “Rollin 100s Crip” and the next gang involved being unknown. We can only hope that 60 Days 60 Nights does not start because of internal affairs within the Rollin 60s gang.
100 Days 100 Nights was a bet between two gangs to see who could get to 100 kills first or who would last the longest during the 100 day killing spree.
During these periods of time, gang members don’t care who they hurt. Mothers and children have also been victims of circumstances, being caught in crossfires in these neighborhoods.
Immediately after the death of Nipsey Hussle, Fox News host Laura Ingraham showed her true feelings towards the artist, by using the song “FDT” by famous LA rapper YG, sparking a lot of controversy.
The song is retaliation from the minorities, primarily of Latino and African descent, to our current President Donald Trump.
Ingraham brings up the chorus of the song, using it to belittle Nipsey and his political stance, when really Nipsey wasn’t affiliated with the song at all.
“F**k Donald Trump, F**k Donald Trump, yeah yeah, F**k Donald Trump,” states YG’s chorus.
Although these lyrics were quite harsh, Nipsey Hussle wasn’t the one who was reciting them throughout the song. It was YG.
“So the chorus, it goes on and on. Is that related to the lowest unemployment ever basically for African Americans?” questioned Ingraham on her segment “The Ingraham Angle.”
With Ingraham only waiting a couple hours after Nipsey’s death to publicly call him out, she received a ton of backlash from other celebrities and artists.
Snoop Dogg, T.I., The Game, and other celebrities are requesting that Fox fire Ingraham for her disrespect of the late rapper.
Now that Nipsey Hussle’s funeral has passed, the commotion in LA has began to settle down.
Natives remain hopeful that another gang war does not arise from all that has taken place.