Artists including Drake, Rihanna and J Cole have paid tribute to Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle, who has been shot dead in Los Angeles.
The 33-year-old was gunned down outside his clothing shop.
Two other people were wounded in the shooting outside Marathon Clothing in south Los Angeles.
Lt Chris Ramierez of the Los Angeles Police Department told media at the scene of the shooting that they were looking for a black male suspect.
Nipsey Hussle’s debut album Victory Lap received a nomination for best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards, where he was nominated against Cardi B, Mac Miller, Pusha T and Travis Scott.
Writing on Instagram, Pusha called him a “rare breed” adding: “Sad to see you go Nip, I’m only finding peace in knowing you are blessed… I was honoured to share in such an amazing year with you musically.
“I would gauge everyone’s music credibility based on if they mentioned you.”
Drake, who won a Grammy on the same night and recorded the 2009 track Killer Nipsey Hussle, also took to Instagram to pay tribute.
“My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this,” he wrote. “We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long.
“You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us.”
Other to pay tribute included rapper J. Cole and producer and artist Pharrell Williams.
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. 🙏🏾 https://t.co/7gZ795wcQT
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, said Hussle’s death was an “awful tragedy” while Atlantic Records added (below): “Words can not express our sadness. Nipsey was not only one of the greatest artists we worked with but an amazing father & leader in his community.”
Los Angeles Clippers basketball player Montrezl Harrell wrote his own tribute on his trainers to the rapper.
Hussle, real name Ermias Davidson Asghedom, grew up in south Los Angeles and was a member of the Rollin’ 60s street gang as a teenager.
He later became a community organiser, and was involved with the Destination Crenshaw arts project.
“I grew up in gang culture,” he told the Los Angeles Times in a 2018 interview. “We dealt with death, with murder. It was like living in a war zone, where people die on these blocks and everybody is a little bit immune to it.”
Earlier on Sunday, he had tweeted: “Having strong enemies is a blessing.” BBC