Nipsey Hussleâ€™s final music video was released Friday, nearly two months after he was shot dead in front of his Los Angeles clothing store.
DJ Khaledâ€™s â€œHigherâ€ is one of 15 tracks on his latest album, â€œFather of Asahd,â€ and features both John Legend and Hussle, whose birth name was Ermias Asghedom.
Opening with a tribute to Grammy-nominated Hussle, the video shows the late rapper in an electric blue ensemble and black loafers as he stands alongside Khaled, joined by Legend on piano and vocals.
In a tweet two days before the video was unveiled, Khaled said it was recorded just days before Hussleâ€™s death.
â€œRecently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years,â€ he wrote. â€œIt began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend Nipsey Hussle.â€
â€œJust days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called, â€˜Higher,â€™â€ he continued. â€œAfter much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with you.â€
Khaled added that the songâ€™s title is a reminder â€œthat vibrating on a â€˜Higherâ€™ level was the essence of Nipseyâ€™s soul.â€
The artist noted that 100% of the proceeds from the track will be donated to Hussleâ€™s children, Emani and Kross.
A gift from my brother Nipsey that we want to share with the world. We miss you and we will forever keep your legacy going. The Marathon Continues. ðŸðŸ’™
God Bless You. ðŸ™ðŸ½ pic.twitter.com/QZ5LUxwP03
â€” DJ KHALED (@djkhaled) May 16, 2019
In a tweet of his own, Legend said he is â€œproud to be a part of this inspiring record withâ€ Khaled and Hussle, stating, â€œWe lost him too soon.â€
â€” John Legend (@johnlegend) May 16, 2019
Hussle was shot and killed on March 31 outside The Marathon Clothing in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. Eric Holder has since been charged with murder and pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he could spend life in prison.