Nipsey Hussle's legacy lives on in the Los Angeles community

Fans far outside the city mourn the rapper's murder, who made a point to speak out about preventing gun and gang violence, as well as promoted and invested in South L.A.
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maybe neighborhood, he was a bastion of hope for a troubled community. An you repeat that? You're an up and coming artist. What did you say you wanted to do? Invest in assets. Reporter: Even before fame this aspiring star had a plan for his fortune. You're trying to get land. Exactly. A real asset to take care of my peoples. It looks good, but at the end of the day you're losing value. Reporter: He was just 20 years old in this interview with hard knock TV. Over the next decade, he'd become a beacon of hope in south central L.A. A grammy-nominated artist, a father, an entrepreneur, an advocate. His name nipsey hussle. But just as his dreams were really coming true. This past Sunday he was shot dead in broad daylight, in the middle of the community that he poured his heart and soul into. The neighborhood prince. He brought a lot of hope and change to the community. You might as well call him the president of the hood then. Barack Obama of the streets. It was so much more he could have did. He was only 33 years old. Reporter: He seemed to walk a fine line between the hood and the hope for a new world. Rising out of poverty and violence making it big as documented in this "Midas touch" video. He took care of the homeless. He took one homeless dude off the streets and put him in his rolls Royce and took him and Watts him jewelry, got him hair kwuts. He was a servant to the people. Reporter: So, was he a bridge? He's the arc tekt of the bridge. Reporter: He famously sold cds for $100, empowering his indy label, all money in. Finding his independent label with atlantic records. He could have made some money and left all of us alone. All the stuff he did so he would not have to die like this. Reporter: Many of his anthems, including "Victory lap." Speak to the disparity between the life he was living and the life he came from. Hussle was all in, committed to changing the streets that he grew up in. He was a member of a gang and spent time behind bars. Reporter: He bought space on this avenue combining street cred with business savvy, transforming the block. He was intending to make a statement about how life should be. And how it should be elevated. One of the number one things that nipsey hussle did in my opinion was he started something in the community with nothing. And then he gave out shoes. He buried kids' parents who couldn't afford it. He made it safe for them. Reporter: A visionary, he built an inner city empire. The crown jewel, the marathon clothing company. You know, it's a hard purpose. Not to get in trouble with the police. It wasn't to be a minister to the area. It wasn't to continue a tradition of self-destruction. It was to build. Reporter: He talked about it in the marathon clothing documentary in the days leading up to the grand opening of his flagship store. He gave back to the community. When I was growing up he looked up to the gang members growing up on the corner. Now our kids watch us go to work. He changed the cycle. Reporter: Then three days ago, just outside the marathon. The very place where hope was born for so many, a gunman ended nipsey hussle's life with a shot to the head. He was empowering them to be more and do more with their lives. We lost a big part of south L.A. Yesterday, really the world. He wasn't supposed to go out like that. This wasn't a part of the plan. But it's according to god's plan. O he called for peace. He called for justice. We're calling on whoever quilled him to turn himself in. He was a guy from the neighborhood. Mr. Holder walked up on a number of occasions and engaged in a conversation with nipsey hussle. Subsequently came back armed with a handgun, striking and killing nipsey hussle. Reporter: The murder was not a gang fight but some kind of personal dispute. There he is. There he is. Reporter: On Monday, hussle was set to meet with the LAPD to discuss ways to combat gang violence. His death has sent shockwaves across the city and the globe. Reporter: With an international fan base still grieving, some of his biggest supporters include Rihanna, Steph curry. Lauren London, the love of his life and mother of his child writing on Instagram, I am completely lost. I've lost my best friend. We are lost without you, babe. I have no words. His death was the 11th murder in south L.A. In the past week, despite homicide rates that have steadily declined. We have to preach non-violence. We have to act that out. I would say to anybody out there, too, the absolute worst way to pay back nipsey hussle's loss, somebody we lost at the hands nce is with more violence. He was struggling to make a positive difference. Fortunately, he had the strength to try to push forward and do some good things. Reporter: Who could you compare nipsey hussle to? Anybody dead or alive. He's incomparable. There's no comparison. It's mathematically, emfatically impossible. There's a template that's been set. They killed nipsey, but you can't kill the idea. He would tell you do what you do. Strife, don't stop. Keep going. Be the best at whatever you do. Don't stop. Don't lose hope.

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