DJ Sbu was the butt of harsh jokes after he posted a video of himself speaking, on behalf of Africa’s Hip-Hop community, at the memorial site of slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle.
Who killed Nipsey Hussle?
Ermias “Nipsey” Asghedon was gunned down outside his clothing store at Crenshaw and Slauson Avenue, in south-side Los Angeles on Sunday, 31 March.
The rapper had allegedly gotten into a scuffle with a known confidential informant — otherwise referred to as a snitch in colloquial terms — before the suspect shot Nipsey multiple times.
Nipsey died from gunshot wounds to the head and torso shortly after he was rushed to the hospital by medics. The suspect, 29-year-old Eric Holder has since been placed under arrest by the LAPD.
DJ Sbu pays respects at Hussle’s memorial
A memorial was held for the rapper in the area he was shot at on Sunday evening but that turned into chaos. Hundreds of people reacted in fear after a candle burst and started running in all directions.
Police swooped in and barricaded the area. The memorial was then moved to Monday, where it went on without any issues. DJ Sbu, otherwise known by his government name, Sibusiso Leope, was present at the memorial.
Why was South Africa mad at DJ Sbu?
The South African Kwaito and House musician was there to pay his respects to the fallen rapper, a well-respected man in his community whose dream was to uplift the impoverished and crime-ridden area he grew up in.
The former MetroFM radio host took the opportunity to address the hundreds of people that were gathered to pay their last respects to Nipsey.
What confused many South Africans was Sbu’s claim that he was the African continent’s representative of Hip-Hop music.
“My name is DJ Sbu. I come all the way from Johannesburg in South Africa. I’m here as an ambassador for Hip hip music and the culture in the entire African continent. I represent musicians from the whole continent.”
Sibusiso Leope, speaking at Nipsey Hussle’s memorial on Crenshaw and Slauson Ave
Everything else he said afterwards did not matter to South African music fans. Some felt it was audacious of him to make false claims. Others felt the outrage was unnecessary.
You be the judge:
— M.D.U (@Mdue_Dlamini) April 3, 2019
Hip hop is so big it got DJ Sbu and Mzekezeke abandoning house and kwaito music, claiming to be Africa's Hip Hop ambassadors.
— Baze (@yoboybaze) April 3, 2019
When DJ Sbu jumped on the megaphone at Nipsey Hussle's memorial…
"I'm here as an ambassador for Hip Hop music and the culture in the entire African continent…" pic.twitter.com/OqMcjIvVS8
— Thomas Sankara (@chr1sfleming) April 3, 2019
Sbu did not take the heat lying down. He pulled out a sneak preview of his accolades in his successful career to shut the haters all the way up.
“I have co-executive produced over 31 multi-platinum, award-winning albums (many genres). 7 albums of my own.
“Helped multiple brothers & sisters become successful artists and big brands in music. SA Hip Hop lyricists of all time #RIPHHP & #RIPProkid tell you on their songs about me,” he replied.
Watch: DJ Sbu reports live from Crenshaw and Slauson Ave
We still out here at @MarathonTMC in Crenshaw Los Angeles California showing love and paying our out most respects to a fall hero of the community. #RIPNIP #RIPNipsey #RIPNipseyHussle #nipseyhussle pic.twitter.com/1xEscvdn5x
— DJSbu (@djsbu) April 2, 2019
— DJSbu (@djsbu) April 2, 2019