Ashanti had grown close to Nipsey Hussle over the years through her sister’s relationship with the late rapper’s girlfriend Lauren London. She was in attendance at the Staples Center to say her goodbyes to the Los Angeles MC during his Celebration of Life ceremony last week. On Monday (April 15), Ashanti stopped by Entertainment Tonight to promote her upcoming musical project Stuck, and to remember Neighborhood Nip by sharing some of her favorite memories of Hussle.
“I’m still a little bit in disbelief,” the “Baby” singer reflected. “Going to the funeral, I think it shocked me a little bit and it became a reality, seeing the casket on the stage. It was like everyone stood back like, ‘This really happened,’ and it just shows you that life is so short and so precious. He’s such an amazing person and an amazing spirit. He had so much more that he was doing.”
The New York native recalled recently recording at Nipsey’s studio, but having to leave early when her allergies acted up. “Nip was always helpful. It’s funny because I was looking at some of the last texts that we had, and I was recording at his studio and was like, ‘Nip, I don’t think I’m gong to make it tonight. I have allergies, I’m sneezing, I got a headache,'” she said.
She recalled that Nip was always about wellness and self-betterment. “He was like, ‘Oh I got these herbs that are really good for you! I know where you can get some good stuff!’ And he was sending me links and like, ‘Sis, I got you, you gotta try this.’ And it just made me sad because he was such an amazing spirit. His heart was pure and he was always willing to help and always really positive,” Ashanti continued.
A message that Hussle always harped on that will forever stick with Ashanti was his business acumen when it came to having an ownership stake in all of his ventures.
“One of his messages that was so powerful as an artist [was] owning your masters. Knowing about ownership. Thinking outside the box. Not holding onto these contracts and signing things that you know nothing about,” the 38-year-old singer explained. “Trying to make it on your own. Having your own platform, your own voice. Just thinking outside the box and trying to come up with other ways to be an entrepreneur.”
Watch the interview in full over at ET.