Culture | , | February 11, 2020


Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay will be bringing a documentary feature on the late rapper Nipsey Hussle to Netflix.


It’s been almost a year since Nipsey was fatally shot outside his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles. Just last month at the 2020 Grammys, the director introduced a tribute to Nipsey that included performances from DJ Khaled, John Legend, YG, Meek Mill, and Roddy Ricch. Nipsey also posthumously won the Grammy for Best Rap Performance for “Racks in the Middle”.



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The doc will focus on the Californian rapper’s work, life and activism right up until his untimely death in March 2018. In addition to his music career, Nipsey was known for his activism and was focusing on preventing gang violence at the time of his death.


This will be Ava’s first doco since 13th (2016), which explored systemic racism in America’s prison system. During Awards season, she enlisted Nipsey to join the film’s press tour and speak on the panel about his experience as a community activist in South LA. Since then, she’s also directed science adventure film, A Wrinkle In Time (2018), and the Emmy Award-winning drama mini-series, When They See Us (2019). No doubt that Ava will do Nipsey’s legacy justice.



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The late rapper’s family will be taking part in the film, and it’ll be produced by DuVernay and Hussle’s Marathon Films. Stay tuned for news on when the film will be released.


For more docos on rappers, watch Free Meek, the docu-series exploring Meek Mill’s complicated experience with the American justice system after he was placed on probation for almost a decade. Jay Z, who has spent years advocating for prison reform, also features to discuss Meek’s wrongful conviction.


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