Music has been in a perpetual state of mourning since losing one of hip-hop's brightest figures, Nipsey Hussle. While fans and artists around the world are greiving his death, none felt Hussle's murder more than those from his hometown of Los Angeles, California.
This intense sadness was on display when fellow rapper and Los Angeles native The Game expressed his despair via an emotional Instagram post.
Like many, once it was confirmed that Nipsey was fatally shot on Sunday, The Game took to social media with a heartfelt Instagram post.
The picture's caption tried to encompass the feelings The Game had towards the situation, but the rapper was still overcome by immense sadness. As a result, The Game set out on a late night drive through Nipsey Hussle's Crenshaw neighborhood in hopes to shake his grief-induced insomnia. While riding, the rapper tried to post a clip to his Instagram Story that further explains the hurt he feels but was overcome by emotion.
"Driving down Slauson, four in the morning cause I can't sleep behind what happened to Nip, man!" Game began in a video that shows a view of his car's dash. As The Game continues, he sounds like he's fighting back tears while questioning the motives behind this heinous act of violence.
"Why n****s do the homie like that, man?! At his own motherf**kin' shop. In his own f**kin' 'hood, man!," The Game said. "He was trying to do good for n****s man. Shit crazy man, I can't even f**king sleep, man. I'm disgusted by this shit! That's how y'all do the homie?! In his own city, in his own hood—his own place of business?! That's how n****s do n****s, man?! L.A. on some bullshit, homie. On me!"
Although Nipsey Hussle had relationships with almost everyone in the music industry, his connection with The Games runs deeper than most. While Nipsey was establishing an underground reputation through his mixtape series, The Game was the face of mainstream West Coast rap. Both artists have told a story of how The Game was riding through Hussle's neighborhood when a young Nipsey came to his window to give him his demo.
Nipsey's confidence and desire to be great resonated with The Game and he quickly became one of Hussle's earliest supporters. The Game even had two appearances on Hussle's breakthrough 2008 mixtape Bullets Ain't Got No Name Vol. 2. Their connection grew into an established friendship that lasted until Hussle's death.