Just days before Nipsey Hussle was brutally killed on March 31, he filmed a music video for an aptly titled song, “Higher.”
The song features Nipsey, DJ Khaled and John Legend.
In footage obtained by TMZ, the music video for the Khaled single looks to be channeling peak California love, featuring a couple of classic hydraulic-bouncing cars. Plus, there’s Legend in the middle playing a grand piano.
The music video was filmed in Inglewood, not far from the South LA neighborhood where Nipsey, born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, grew up.
Watching the last days of a creative artist doing what they love is always quite eerie, similar to the way I felt about Aaliyah’s postmortem “Rock the Boat” music video release. Of course, with their art, they always live on.
Additionally, DJ Khaled, who is dropping his Father of Asahd album on Friday, confirmed all proceeds of the song will go to Nipsey’s children, Variety reports.
“The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul,” Khaled wrote in his statement posted on social media, also confirming he received “full blessing [from] the Asghedom family,” and adding, “It is in this spirit, of moving forward, of preserving his mission that I, my co-writers, producers and label partners are donating 100 percent of all our proceeds from ‘Higher’ to [Nipsey’s] children, Emani and Kross.”