DJ Khaled releases Nipsey Hussle’s final music video ‘Higher’

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Nipsey Hussle’s final music video arrived Friday, part of DJ Khaled’s album release for his new full-length song collection, “Father of Asahd,” named after the “Major Key” artist’s two-year-old son. 

Khaled shared the story behind the video’s release on social media, where he announced that the song’s proceeds will go to Hussle’s children and confirmed that the clip would be the last from Hussle. The rapper and community activist, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside his Los Angles boutique on March 31.

“Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years. It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend Nipsey Hussle,” Khaled wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Just days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called, ‘Higher.’ After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with you.”

Khaled continued, “The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul. It is in this spirit, of moving forward, of preserving his mission that I, my co-writers, producers and label partners are donating 100% of all of our proceeds from ‘Higher’ to Nipsey’s children, Emani and Kross.”

Collaborator John Legend, who’s also featured on “Higher,” tweeted about the video’s release, “Proud to be a part of this inspiring record with DJ Khaled and @NipseyHussle. We lost him too soon.”

The next court hearing in the Hussle case has been postponed until June 12, following the withdrawal of Christopher Darden, the defense attorney, who represented suspect Eric Holder when he pleaded not guilty to murder on April 4. 

Darden, a former Los Angeles prosecutor famous for his unsuccessful prosecution of O.J. Simpson for murder in 1994-95, announced May 10 that he was filing a motion to withdraw from the case after receiving death threats.

Holder is facing a murder charge for Hussle’s death along with two counts of attempted murder for the two men shot along with the rapper as well as one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

Hundreds of supporters cheer and watch as Nipsey Hussle's casket passes The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019.
Hundreds of supporters cheer and watch as Nipsey Hussle’s casket passes The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019. HARRISON HILL, USA TODAY
Los Angeles Resident Michael Strong mourns the loss of Nipsey Hussle in front of The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019.
Los Angeles Resident Michael Strong mourns the loss of Nipsey Hussle in front of The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019. HARRISON HILL, USA TODAY
The National flag of Eritrea lays over the casket of Nipsey Hussle as it passes The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019.
The National flag of Eritrea lays over the casket of Nipsey Hussle as it passes The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019. HARRISON HILL, USA TODAY
Hundreds of candles sit in front of The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019.
Hundreds of candles sit in front of The Marathon Store on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019. HARRISON HILL, USA TODAY
Supporters cheer as a Los Angeles Metro bus displays "NIP" on the side of the bus on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019.
Supporters cheer as a Los Angeles Metro bus displays “NIP” on the side of the bus on the corner of Crenshaw and Slauson on April 11, 2019. HARRISON HILL, USA TODAY
Members of the public joined Nipsey Hussle's 25.5 mile funeral procession through Los Angeles.
After Nipsey Hussle: A Celebration of Life, the memorial service for the rapper and social activist at Staples Center, the funeral procession made a 25½-mile trek through Los Angeles. SANDY HOOPER, USA TODAY
Members of the public joined Nipsey Hussle's 25.5 mile funeral procession through Los Angeles.
Members of the public joined the procession. SANDY HOOPER, USA TODAY
Members of the public joined Nipsey Hussle's 25.5 mile funeral procession through Los Angeles.
Vehicles moved slowly through Los Angeles after the memorial service. Hussle, born Ermias Ashgedom, was fatally shot outside his The Marathon clothing store in South LA on March 31. SANDY HOOPER, USA TODAY
Members of the public joined Nipsey Hussle's 25.5 mile funeral procession through Los Angeles.
The length of the procession changed as it moved through the streets of South Los Angeles, and thousands of people lined the route.  SANDY HOOPER, USA TODAY
Raul Rico watches as the funeral procession for Nipsey Hustle drives past his business on Vermont Ave. in Los Angeles.
Raul Rico watches as the funeral procession for Nipsey Hustle drives past his business on Vermont Avenue. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
Vehicles in a funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle move slowly through Los Angeles after memorial services at the Staples Center.
Fans gathered to say one last goodbye to the man who was dedicated to improving his community.  ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
Vehicles in a funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle move slowly through Los Angeles after a memorial services at the Staples Center.
Vehicles in the funeral procession moved slowly through LA. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
A driver takes a selfie as the funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle stops while driving through Los Angeles.
A driver takes a selfie as the funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle stops for traffic. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
A funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle moves through Los Angeles following a memorial service at the Staples Center.
The 25½-mile trip from Staples Center to the Angelus Funeral Home in Crenshaw took hours. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
A man shoots video on his cellphone of Nipsey Hussle's funeral procession following a memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
A man shoots video on his cellphone as Nipsey Hussle’s funeral procession passes. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
People gather to watch and shoot video of Nipsey Hussle's funeral procession following a memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
People gathered to watch and film all along the route. ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
The funeral procession for Nipsey Hussle makes it way through Los Angeles as people watch and shoot snapshots.
People lean on the words of Nelson Mandela as they wait for the funeral procession of another fallen hero.  ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY
Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom, right, speak onstage during the Celebration of Life memorial service for their late son, Nipsey Hussle, at the Staples Center.
At the Celebration of Life, Hussle’s parents, Angelique Smith and Dawit Asghedom, told stories about young Ermias.  KEVORK DJANSEZIAN, Pool Photo
Samiel Asghedom speaks onstage about his brother during Nipsey Hussle's Celebration of Life at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Samiel Asghedom, Nipsey’s older brother, gave a particularly heartbreaking eulogy. “Nip put his heart and soul on Crenshaw and Slauson,” Samiel said. “Bro stayed and died on Crenshaw and Slauson. ” KEVORK DJANSEZIAN, Pool Photo
Snoop Dogg speaks during the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late Nipsey Hussle at the Staples Center.
“One thing both me and Nip had was a kind spirit,” Snoop Dogg said about his fellow rapper. “When we met, it was like magnets coming together. … Real recognizes real.” KEVORK DJANSEZIAN, Pool Photo
Louis Farrakhan, speaks during the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late Nipsey Hussle at the Staples Center.
Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam said Hussle “will become more famous in death than in life.” KEVORK DJANSEZIAN, Pool Photo
Louis Farrakhan speaks during the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late Nipsey Hussle at the Staples Center.
Farrakhan added: “He lived the gang life but didn’t stay there.” FREDERICK M. BROWN, Pool Photo
Stevie Wonder performs onstage during Nipsey Hussle's Celebration of Life at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Before performing the Eric Clapton song “Tears in Heaven, ” Stevie Wonder called his friend’s death an unnecessary heartbreak and said he hoped it would inspire action on social issues, especially gun control. FREDERICK M. BROWN, Pool Photo
Pastor Shep Crawford speaks during the Celebration of Life memorial service for the late Nipsey Hussle at the Staples Center.
And Pastor Shep Crawford urged the crowd to see Hussle’s effort to revitalize Crenshaw through to completion. “If we don’t leave here without buying up South Central, we’re dropping the baton.” he said. KEVORK DJANSEZIAN, Pool Photo
People arrive to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for rapper recording artist and social activist Nipsey Hussle, April 11, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Earlier in the day, people gathered for the memorial service for the rapper and social activist.  ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of people arrive to attend the ceremony 'Nipsey Hussle Celebration of Life' to honor the memory of the late rapper at the Staples Center Stadium in Los Angeles, April 11, 2019.
Thousands of people waited in line to attend the service.  ETIENNE LAURENT, EPA-EFE
A lone candle rests against a wall full of messages commemorating slain rapper Nipsey Hussle outside The Marathon Clothing store as people wait for a funeral procession to pass, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles.
A lone candle rests against a wall full of messages commemorating slain rapper Nipsey Hussle outside The Marathon clothing store as people wait for a funeral procession to pass. Jae C. Hong, AP
People arrive to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for rapper recording artist and social activist Nipsey Hussle, on April 11, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Hussle, born Ermias Ashgedom, was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.
The Celebration of Life service was limited to California residents to honor Hussle’s community service to the neighborhood where he grew up and was trying to make a difference.  ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images
A makeshift memorial site for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle is filled with candles outside The Marathon Clothing store, April 11, 2019, in Los Angeles.
A makeshift memorial outside his clothing store is filled with candles and other memoriabilia.  Jae C. Hong, AP
Vehicles taking part in the procession arrive for the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Vehicles taking part in the procession arrive for the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle. ETIENNE LAURENT, EPA-EFE
A fan of late rapper Nipsey Hussle arrives to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
A fan of rapper Nipsey Hussle arrives to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service. ETIENNE LAURENT, EPA-EFE
Artist Gift Davis works on a portrait of rapper Nipsey Hussle as fans wait in line to attend a public memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Artist Gift Davis works on a portrait of rapper Nipsey Hussle as fans wait in line to attend a public memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles. RINGO H.W. CHIU, AP
A silver hearse at the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle.
A silver hearse at the Celebration of Life memorial service for late rapper Nipsey Hussle. CHRIS PIZZELLO, Invision via AP
A large image of  Nipsey Hussle, is carried into the Staples Center for a memorial service in Los Angeles.
A large image of Hussle is carried into Staples Center. ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images
People arrive to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles.
People were patient as they waited to get into the Celebration of Life memorial service. ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images
People console each other as they arrive to attend the Celebration of Life memorial service for Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles.
Outside Staples Center, people console each other as they arrive to attend the service for Nipsey Hussle. ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images
Fans and community members gather along the procession route for Nipsey Hussle following his memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, April 11, 2019.
Fans and community members gather along the 25½-mile route through LA that will be traveled after the memorial service. KYLE GRILLOT, AFP/Getty Images
US rapper Master P answers questions from the media as he attends the ceremony 'Nipsey Hussle Celebration of Life' to honor the memory of the late rapper at the Staples Center Stadium in Los Angeles, April 11, 2019.
Rapper Master P stops to answer questions from the media before going into the Nipsey Hussle Celebration of Life at Staples Center. ETIENNE LAURENT, EPA-EFE

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