The megaproducer announced on Twitter that the later rapper’s family gave him their blessing to release the track, and as a result, Khaled said he would be donating “100 percent” of proceeds to Hussle’s children — son Kross, 2, with girlfriend Lauren London and daughter Emani, 10, from a previous relationship.
“Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years. It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend Nipsey Hussle,” Khaled began.
Khaled revealed that just days before Hussle was gunned down outside of his clothing store, they worked together on a video for “Higher.”
“After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that with the world,” Khaled’s announcement continued.
“The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was essence of Nipsey’s soul,” the music producer added. “It is in this spirit, of moving forward, of preserving his mission that I, my co-writers, producers and label partners are donating 100% of all of our proceeds from ‘Higher’ to Nipsey’s children, Emani and Kross. The Marathon Continues.”
Along with the official announcement, Khaled wrote, “A gift from my brother Nipsey we want to share with the world. We miss you and we will forever keep your legacy going.”
Hussle was shot to death on March 31 at age 33. He was pronounced dead 35 minutes after the shooting.