It’s still hard to believe that Nipsey Hussle is gone. The Grammy-nominated artist was only 33 years old when he was shot and killed in March 2019. His death was mourned all around the world by fans and celebrities alike. But none were more devastated than his girlfriend, Lauren London.
To this day, London is still grieving. But she’s made it her mission to keep his memory alive by continuing his work and telling his stories. Most recently, she did an interview in which she reflected on their relationship and revealed a gift Hussle got her just days before his death.
Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London’s relationship timeline
In case you forgot or need a refresher, let’s quickly recap how they met and started dating.
Hussle and London’s relationship started on social media. In 2013, London reached out to purchase several copies of Hussle’s Crenshaw mixtape. After she received the copies, the duo started following each other on Instagram.
They met up for the first time after Hussle offered London some merchandise. When she went to pick up the items, the “Double Up” rapper invited her to hang out. They spent the day driving around their native California, talking, bonding, and mingling with mutual friends.
You could say that Hussle and London were inseparable from that point. The two eventually moved in together, and in 2016, London gave birth to their son, Kross. (Hussle also has a daughter, Emani, from a previous relationship.) The couple stayed together up until Hussle’s death.
Nipsey Hussle’s tragic death
Hussle was shot and killed on March 31. The community activist had gone to his store, The Marathon Clothing, to give out some gear to an old friend, but he reportedly left in such a hurry that he did not alert security.
While standing outside of the shop, a man approached and fired, killing Hussle and injuring two others. The man has since been arrested and is awaiting trial.
Days after Hussle’s death, London opened up about the loss and the pain she felt on Instagram.
“I am completely lost,” she wrote on Instagram. “I’ve lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul….I’m lost without you. We are lost without you babe. I have no words.”
Though Hussle has passed on, London is reminded by him through their son, their memories, and the sentimental things he gave to her.
The gift Nipsey Hussle gave Lauren London before he passed
In an interview with GQ published on Dec. 2, London revealed a gift Hussle bought her just days before his untimely death.
“A couple days before he passed, he bought me three books,” she told the publication. “One was a book about parenting. He loved Power vs. Force. He swore on that book and got a lot of game from it. I mean, between he and I, we damn near had a library.”
Hussle’s fans know how much he loved to read. He was always talking about his latest reads and favorite books, telling HipHopDX in 2013, “I read a ton of books. … I’m like a book addict at times.”
Many of the things he spoke about in his music stemmed from books that helped shape him as an entrepreneur and a creative person. And he often tried to pass that knowledge on to his fans, friends, and peers.
It’s nice to see that that’s something he and London came to bond over. They truly were a perfect fit.