The family of late rapper Nipsey Hussle is making it clear they do not want any fundraisers being established to try to help his two young children.
On Tuesday, April 16, a source close to Hussle’s family told TMZ they kindly want to put an end to anyone crowdsourcing for Emani and Kross Asghedom, the latter of whom he shared with actress and girlfriend Lauren London. The source said Hussle had already taken care of the kids financially.
The website was told the rapper had established several trust funds for his kids. Additionally, Hussle secured ownership of all his master recordings —which include “Racks in the Middle” and “Dedication” among them —and owned Marathon Clothing, the store outside of which he was shot multiple times.
Hussle, who was gunned down outside his South Los Angeles apparel store late last month, has been the focus of several fundraisers since his death, including one in his honor from the Black upStart, which focuses on Black entrepreneurs.
While the insider said the family is grateful for the public’s support, a source said Hussle would not want things to be this way. Additionally, since he had already taken steps to set up his family’s security, fundraisers are unnecessary.
Perhaps the most controversial of those fundraisers came from former Buffalo Bills running back Reggie Bush. He launched a GoFundMe campaign with his wife to try to raise $100,000 for Hussle’s children. However, that was publicly shut down by Hussle’s business partner Karen Civil, who was also a close friend and helped him launch Marathon Clothing.
“I am not for the derailment of black men and if your intentions were pure, you would have honored the family’s request,” Civil told Bush on Instagram of his fundraiser, which she said the family did not want to be established. “The family said no and you should have respected Lauren’s wishes. We can further discuss this offline w/ his family.”
Bush’s fundraiser, which he contributed $10,000 to “as a tribute to Nipsey,” has since been removed from GoFundMe’s website.