Sneak Peak: T.I. unveils artwork honoring Nipsey Hussle at Atlanta’s Trap Music Museum in time for slain rapper’s 34th birthday
The Trap Music Museum and Escape Room in Atlanta celebrates the life and legacy of some of the most influential rappers of our time by presenting art installations that showcase how the genre has left its mark around the world. The latest art installation pays tribute to the life and talent of Nipsey Hussle by including examples of his own artwork.
T.I., the famed Atlanta rapper who curated the piece and opened the Trap Museum in 2018, invited some of his family and famous friends for the unveiling of a three-part exhibit dedicated to the slain rapper who was gunned down on March 31.
Hussle would have celebrated his 34th birthday on August 15.
“It’s very important that we pay tribute and honor our father and brother, Nip because the legacy that he left and the example that he set, obviously, it goes without saying, but it should never go unnoticed,” T.I said.
The exhibit also includes pieces by Brian Kirhagis, aka “BK The Artist,” an internationally renowned painter who infuses his artwork with socially conscious messages.
“I reached out to BK and just began to brainstorm over what a piece would look like encompassing all the many different energies that encompass all the many different contributions that cuz left, but left us as a representation of how to do it. I think this is a pretty fire exhibit is I do say so myself.”
Also contributing artist Dizzy and Que put together a unique bench that looks like Hussle is driving away in a drop top.
TheGrio was on hand for an exclusive look at the pieces that pay homage to one of rap music’s fallen soldiers. Check out some of the pieces from the Nipsey Hussle tribute, which are now on display at the Trap Music Museum and Escape Room in Atlanta.
T.I. shows his respect for Nip
T.I. unveils the Nipsey Hussle artwork that was added to Atlanta’s Trap Music Museum gallery honoring the slain rapper’s contributions to the hip-hop culture.
The Marathon Continues
Created by “BK the Artist,” T.I wanted to include various Nipsey Hussle pieces encompassing the “many different contributions” the slain rapper left behind.
On his jacket and all around Hussle are pictures of his family members, brother, children and the love of his life, actress Lauren London.
Space to Create
Owner of the Trap Music Museum, rapper/actor, T.I. poses with “BK The Artist” and T.I’s on again/off again/on again wife, Tameka “Tiny” Harris. BK created the Nipsey Hussle artwork.
Support the Memory
Kellie Bowman, the daughter of Dr. Sebi, a Honduran herbalist named Alfredo Bowman attended the exhibit to support the memory of Nipsey Hussle, who reportedly had a close connection to Sebi and was preparing to produce a documentary. His daughter confirmed at the event that Nick Cannon has agreed to take over the project after Hussle’s death.
Riding with Nip
A bench was placed under the artwork with the piece configured to look like Hussle riding in his drop top. Dizzy and Que were contributing artists who created the bench as an interactive piece. Fans can become one with the piece by taking photos to appear as if you’re riding along with Nip.
Singer and reality star Monica lent her support to the unveiling of the Nipsey Hussle artwork.
LeToya Luckett came out to support of her “Family Hussle” and preview the gallery unveiling of artwork inspired by Nipsey Hussle that has been added to the Atlanta Trap Music Museum.
This framed baseball jersey belonged to Nipsey Hussle and honors his unapologetic allegiance to his hood. Hussle was the owner of The Marathon Clothing, where he sold t-shirts and gear like this with Crenshaw emblazoned across it. The store is now closed and while there are no plans to host birthday tributes this year, Lauren London has stated that construction is underway for the Nipsey Hussle Tower near the shop’s Slauson Avenue location.