Vandalized Nipsey Hussle Mural Restored By Fans
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TSR STAFF: Brianne D! @beedev_ ______________________________________ #Roommates, video of a teen spray painting a mural of #NipseyHussle in Hartford, Connecticut has surfaced online and fans are not here for it! ______________________________________ The girl, who goes by the name Kay Kay, can be seen on video tagging the Nipsey mural with her name and other derogatory figures. ______________________________________ Kay Kay posted a photo of her work on the mural saying “Who’s a b*tch?! Not I. No disrespect to Corey y’all was coming out y’all mouths way too much so I did what I did.” The woman who recorded the video says the teen blamed her actions on a disagreement she had with her boyfriend. Stay with us on updates about this unfortunate story, #Roomies.
Less than 24 hours after a mural honoring the late Nipsey Hussle was defaced in Hartford, Connecticut, the community has come together to restore it.
Sunday, local rapper and community organizer Joey Batts shared on social media that he and a few other fans of the Victory Lap lyricist had mended a vividly colored painting dedicated to Hussle at a local skate park.
“I didn’t do this for attention or anything selfish,” Batts began his lengthy caption about the communal restoration. “As a community, we must band together and show negative forces that their idiotic acts and behavior will not be credited or allowed.”
The mural was originally brought to life by local CT artist Corey Payne, shortly after Hussle’s murder. However, in the weeks since the Grammy-nominated rapper’s death, a vandal tagged the mural with derogatory images.
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I’ve supported @coreypaneart since 2010 when @detelj.86f introduced me… I didn’t do this for attention or anything selfish. As a community we must band together and show negative forces that their idiotic acts and behavior will not be credited or allowed. No violence is needed- we just have to reshape the culture. Don’t complain about the contamination in Hartford, or the bad vibes or the weirdos… just help build up the positive people and the real ones who deserve attention. Go show @coreypaneart some love & #support him on @hot937fm #community #lovewins #ripnipseyhussle #neighborhoodnip 🏁🏁🏁 #showlove
The vandalism was captured on film to many fans’ surprise and spread like wildfire on social media over the weekend.
While this may have angered Hussle’s legion of supporters, Batts saw the incident as an opportunity to display the true impact of the late rapper’s universal message: peace and positivity.
“No violence is needed – we just have to reshape the culture,” he wrote. “Don’t complain about the contamination in Hartford, or the bad vibes or the weirdos… just help build up the positive people and the real ones who deserve attention.”
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