According to former rap artist Suge Knight, Nipsey Hussle's loyalty to his neighborhood could have contributed to his shooting death, the incarcerated criminal said in a recent interview.
"Many artists like Nipsey have the same problem as me. We are too loyal to our neighborhood, "Knight told TMZ.
He added that rappers were often reluctant to leave their hometowns because "when you walk in Hollywood, everything is diluted."
Knight moved away from his Compton neighborhood when he grew up, but he loved going home to "get chili fries and strawberries and talk to my boyfriends," he told TMZ.
Hussle, 33, was killed on March 31 in front of his Marathon clothing store in Crenshaw, not far from home.
Los Angeles police said Eric Holder, 29, shot Hussle for carrying a personal beef. Holder pleaded not guilty last week for the murder charge.
The assassination reminded Knight of the death of Tupac Shakur, shot dead in 1996 during a shooting in Las Vegas.
"I think Nipsey was trying to follow the same Tupac handbook to the community," Knight said.
The former musician also praised the Los Angeles gang cease-fire following the murder.
"What's good is that all neighborhoods are meeting now … we can be stronger considering what happens when we get together," said Knight.
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