The rapper, born Ermias Asghedom, died at 33 years old when he was shot and killed outside his South Los Angeles apparel store, The Marathon Clothing, on March 31, 2019.
The “ATL” star shared a lengthy, poetic message to Instagram Tuesday detailing how she has remained strong during the past year.
“Time is deceptive/It’s been a year since you transitioned/The pain is as heavy today as it was a year ago,” London wrote alongside a photo of her and Hussle posed in front of a wall that reads “The Marathon Clothing.”
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“God knows I would give anything to see you again/I didn’t think I was going to survive a second of any of this/Prayers have kept me together/The kids keep me going and/Gods Grace and Mercy have carried me this far,” she continued.
The “Games People Play” star said the reason she’s been able to remain strong is because of Hussle.
“Because I know you wouldn’t have it any other way/Because I recall every late night conversation we had about resilience and fear/Because you were my greatest teacher and because you are still with us, in spirit,” she wrote.
London said she carries her pain with purpose and promises to make Hussle proud.
“I promise to apply everything you taught me/In life and in death/Ermias Asghedom/There will never be another/Until we are together again…./I love you beyond human understanding,” London ended her post.
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Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who described Hussle as “an artist and a leader who made brave, brilliant strides to unite this (music) community here in Los Angeles and around the world,” introduced the tribute honoring the Los Angeles-born rapper/activist.
Meek Mill began the performance with a rap reflecting on the loss of the artist. Kirk Franklin, YG and Roddy Ricch also paid tribute, as did DJ Khaled, who encouraged the Staples Center crowd to get out of their seats. Khaled and John Legend performed “Higher,” which was the last track Hussle was featured on before his death. A video played showing Hussle performing his part in the song, and large photos of Hussle and Bryant appeared on a screen.
Contributing: Erin Jensen