Ava DuVernay’s Nipsey Hussle documentary confirmed for Netflix

Nipsey Hussle

A new documentary on Nipsey Hussle is in the works.

Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay will be at the helm of a feature-length documentary on the late Nipsey Hussle. After winning a bid against Amazon and Apple, it’s now been confirmed that the documentary will arrive on Netflix. According to Deadline, Hussle’s estate made contact with DuVernay based on their admiration for her critically acclaimed film 13th, which explores the intersection of race and incarceration in the US.

News of the documentary comes after DuVernay paid tribute to the Grammy Award-winning rapper by introducing performances from Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, John Legend, Roddy Ricch, Kirk Franklin and YG.

It has been less than a year since Hussle (real name Ermias Joseph Asghedom) was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. The artist was also a community activist who worked on preventing gang violence in his native South L.A. A memorial service was held in April 2019 to honour the artist, for which Barack Obama sent a letter to be read out on stage. Snoop Dogg paid tribute to Hussle, and performances were helmed by Stevie Wonder, Marsha Ambrosius and Jhene Aiko.