The trio filmed the music video for their single just days before Nipsey was murdered.
Just hours after DJ Khaled announced that he planned to give the proceeds of his Nipsey Hussle-assisted single to the slain rapper’s children, we have a sneak peek at the pair on the set of their music video. The track “Higher” will be featured on Khaled’s forthcoming Father of Asahd album that drops this Friday and features both Nipsey and John Legend. Shortly after Nipsey was murdered, Legend tweeted about working with the rapper on set just days prior.
“RIP Nipsey,” Legend tweeted. “I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.”
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
Now, TMZ has obtained behind-the-scenes footage of the trio filming the music video. Hydraulic lowriders bounced alongside the three men as Legend sat behind a piano and the late rapper was decked out in his Nipsey Blue ‘fit. On Thursday, Khaled shared a bit about the loss of his friend and their last collaboration on Instagram.
“Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years,” Khaled wrote. “It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend, Nipsey Hussle. Just days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called ‘Higher.’ After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with the world.”
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I had the honor to meet Nipsey on this video shoot with Dj Khaled just a couple days ago. He was a good soul. We were excited about this shoot. Just last night I met with Ludacris and told him how great it was working with Nip. I leave Luda and 5 mins later I run into Nip. We had a great conversation about Life. Damn. I pray for his family. This gotta stop. #StopTheViolence #RipNipsey “Don’t you know that the devil is a liar ( yea I know ) – yea they rather see me down with my soul in the fire -But we keep going higher and higher………. too soon.
“The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul,” he continued. “It is in the spirit, of moving forward of preserving his mission that I, my co-writers, producers, and label partners are donating 100% of all our proceeds from ‘Higher’ to Nipsey’s children, Emani and Kross. The Marathon Continues. With love, Khaled Khaled.”