A mural of Nipsey Hussle outside of his The Marathon Clothing store on Slauson Avenue in Los Angeles. (REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon)
I still remember the first time I visited Crenshaw and Slauson. It was a beautiful, sunny day in April and I was there to hang out with my pop-locking mentor, Tick-A-Lott. Back then I was writing about the careers of aspiring rappers from “South Central” LA (or what officials renamed “South” LA). I didn’t know what to expect as I drove through the side streets near Hyde Park, but was surprised to see a neighborhood that appeared vacant. Nobody was in the park, kids weren’t riding bikes or chasing ice cream trucks down the street, and the stoops were empty.
This was back in 2007, during the height of gang injunctions in Los Angeles. Written by the city attorneys office and the LAPD in the 1980s, gang…
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