1 year today, one of the most prolific people on this earth was gunned down due to senseless gun violence. Nipsey Hussle was a self-made millionaire with a vision out of this world, his music paints the picture of his life story, Ermias Asghedom aka Nipsey Hussle changed the mindset for many people, he had a gift to touch individuals that had no direction, he set the blueprint for many of us, in the black community Nipsey was teaching ownership,  entrepreneurship. He had influences not just in Los Angeles, but all over the world, many different neighborhoods and receive an abundance of respect and love, he was a prophet to many.  Rebuilding his community and employing the community as well. This Grammy award winner was on a mission, he wasn’t just an intelligent hood scholar, his vision was like no other, this genius could have run for mayor and won literally

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 07: Nipsey Hussle performs onstage at the Warner Music Pre-Grammy Party at the NoMad Hotel on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Nipsey and his brother Blacc Sam built many different businesses together but the prized possession was the Marathon Clothing Store which sales were moving off the shelves, the Crenshaw logo was made famous by John Singleton and Ice Cube movie, “BOYZ N THE HOOD” but Nipsey and Blacc Sam took it to the next level by endorsing the world-famous logo to the new generation.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Vector 90 is back open for business. It’s a workspace in South Los Angeles that’s the brainchild of David Gross and late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Vector 90 is back open for the first time since the local hero’s death on March 31, 2019

“On one hand, it feels incredible to have it back open,” said Gross. “On another hand, it feels bittersweet cause Nip’s not here to see and be a part of it. Because this was 50/50 — this was his vision.”

Gross grew up in South L.A. but his perspective changed when he went to live in Texas with his grandmother.

He would eventually go to the best Ivy League schools in the nation and work for companies like Goldman Sachs. Though, he never escaped the problems of south L.A. as his brother served time in prison while another brother, Sean Mackk was murdered.

But with Gross’ success, he knew the community could be better if they knew better. It’s the same concept which aligned with Hussle’s vision. When the two met, they formed a special bond.

“They say a fisherman can always spot another fisherman. So after a couple of conversations, we kind of clicked and we just starting building together,” Gross said.

The space is just one part of what they were building. A place where entrepreneurs can network, create and more. Garrison Gowens has been a part of Vector 90 since the early days and now he works with new members. His tech company took off with the help of the community incubator.

“When I started getting into the tech industry, Vector 90 provided me with resources, a network. It gave me an opportunity to really hone in and focus on my business, bring meetings here,” said Gowens.

For Gross, it’s just the beginning of what he and Nipsey envisioned, building a South Los Angeles filled with pride.

“Historically people have felt the need to move out of a neighborhood like this once they obtained a certain level of success. So the vision is to have this be a place where once people are successful they don’t feel the need to leave,” Gross said.

But in this marathon, Gross knows the race isn’t to the swift, but rather, it’s about the endurance to see the vision through.

We will celebrate this day, March 31, 2020, on the death of his anniversary, Nipsey encouraged so many people across the world, it’s a must that his fans celebrate his life, even his roots in Africa will join us all in solidary. Nipsey Hussle last post on Instagram; “HAVING STRONG ENEMIES IS A BLESSING” This was one of the most powerful posts ever on Instagram and social media, hours later, he was gone… One thing we do know, his fans are true and will never let his legacy die. All across the country, his following will be doing it REAL BIG!


Employees at his Fatburger store on Crenshaw & Slauson wearing the VP Churchill apparel brand on Nipsey’s birthday which sponsored all 54 workers