The Marathon Clothing announced that Nipsey Hussle’s documentary could potentially air on Netflix and be co-directed by Ava DuVernay. Nipsey Hussle’s company Marathon Films has been working with RocNation to executive produce the documentary with his children Emani and Kross Asghedom. However, the Instagram post said, “No final deal has been inked.”
This is huge news for Los Angeles with DuVernay growing up in Lynwood and Hussle embodying the Crenshaw district. DuVernay introduced a musical tribute to Hussle at the 2020 Grammy Awards with Meek Mill, John Legend and DJ Khaled. Her contribution to the film not only makes sense but would be a meaningful collaboration for the city.
DuVernay is familiar with creating Netflix films. Last year she directed When They See Us, a series about the five men acquitted from the Central Park attack. And in 2016 she directed 13th, a documentary about the flawed amendment contributing to mass incarceration. The award-winning filmmaker has also worked with RocNation’s Jay-Z on his music video “Family Feud ft. Beyonce.”
Therefore, this documentary is highly anticipated but according to The Marathon Clothing’s Instagram post, “will not be fast-tracked by monetary gain and/or commercial interest.” Although Hussle has released a short documentary about his journey via Worldstar Hip Hop, this will hopefully be a new look at his legacy as an L.A. icon.
It has almost been a year since Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot at his clothing store on Crenshaw and Slauson. In 2019, Hussle’s album Victory Lap was nominated for the Grammy’s Best Rap Album and lost. However, this year he won Best Rap Performance for Racks In The Middle and Higher featuring DJ Khaled and John Legend. Khaled brought Hussle’s family to accept the award and backstage to speak with the press. The 33-year-old rapper’s death left a scar on the hip-hop community and will always be remembered for his many contributions to Los Angeles.