Nipsey Hussle was a man of vision and action, which has been articulated by many since he was shot and killed on March 31 in the Hyde Park section of Los Angeles.

Because not only did the rapper purchase real estate in the area — including the plaza where his store The Marathon Clothing sits — he was also going to open a Las Vegas casino and resort in 2020 called The Virgin Las Vegas.

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“Spoke some things into the universe and they appeared…” . You always emphasized how important articulating a vision was to actually executing . We always planned to tell the story behind these pictures but didn’t get the chance to because we were busy executing on the next idea, and each successive opportunity got bigger and bigger… . This moment deserves sharing because this was a full circle moment. The significance and symbolism of this was profound for both of us because this was us realizing the American Dream at a high level; we took different paths, but both started with no money, connections or a legacy roadmap that got us to this moment. . This was about 4 months after our syndicate (@djkhaled, @luoldeng9, @rdpeebles) put in a bid for the Viceroy Santa Monica. We were unsuccessful in that but we still shared our attempt with the world. Some people were puzzled why we would share a “failure” but we knew… . A few weeks later, senior execs from Virgin Hotels reached out to Atlantic (@dallaslifestyle) to meet with us to see if we were serious about being in the hospitality space. We were 👌🏽 . This is the meeting a couple months later, that would result in us becoming partial owners, of not a hotel… But a resort and casino in the desert… . The Virgin Las Vegas coming 2020 #legend #facts #TheMarathonContinues 🏁

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The plans were revealed by Hussle’s business partner David Gross, a
private equity and real estate investor.

On Tuesday, Gross shared a photo of himself and Hussle at a meeting about the resort and explained it was taken after they made an unsuccessful bid for Viceroy Santa Monica, a beachfront hotel in Southern California.

After that failed bid Gross and Hussle found out some bigwigs at Virgin Hotels wanted to speak with them.

“A few weeks later, senior execs from Virgin Hotels reached out to Atlantic (@dallaslifestyle) to meet with us to see if we were serious about being in the hospitality space. We were 👌🏽,” read Gross’ message. “This is the meeting a couple months later, that would result in us becoming partial owners, of not a hotel… But a resort and casino in the desert.”

According to Forbes, Gross also purchased The Marathon Clothing plaza with Hussle, and they had plans to knock it down to build a six-story residential building over the store. The two met at a Los Angeles Lakers game many years ago and made a connection through their shared vision of helping inner-city youth.

Eventually, they opened Vector 90 in South Los Angeles, a co-working space that focuses on “developing underrepresented entrepreneurs,” according to its website.

In addition to the post about the resort, Gross also shared a photo of Hussle on Friday, one day after the rapper’s memorial at the Staples Center. He also explained what Hussle meant to him in the caption.

“I’m lucky that I got to know you and spend so much time with you. I’m proud that we were business partners and ultimately brothers,” he wrote on Instagram. “I definitely appreciated how special you were while you were here, but I took for granted how much time we’d have to continue building.”

“I honestly don’t know if there ever would have been an occasion for me to look you in the eyes and tell you I loved you and valued you as a friend, but I did. I do,” added Gross. “And I hate that it took this to say it.”

According to the Star-Advertiser newspaper, the Virgin Las Vegas will open in November 2020.

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There’s been so much love and respect shown since you left; there’s not much I can say in praise of you that hasn’t already been said. But I’ll share what you meant to me. . To start, I genuinely believe you were the most graceful cat to ever walk the streets of LA. . You existed in so many worlds at the same time, and the way you transitioned between them so fluidly can only be described as grace. The way you approached major moments, when the world was watching, with poise and maturity – grace. The way you treated everyone with kindness and respect, when no one was watching – grace. I loved watching your interactions with fans and people from the neighborhood. It was deep to hear how much your music and message meant to them. It was profound to see how moved they were to meet you, and equally profound to see your warm reaction to them, every time. Grace. And not for nothing, but every time you stepped out, you were always the flyest in the room. Also grace. . I’m lucky that I got to know you and spend so much time with you. I’m proud that we were business partners and ultimately brothers. I definitely appreciated how special you were while you were here, but I took for granted how much time we’d have to continue building. I figured we’d be building and conquering from now until… I honestly don’t know if there ever would have been an occasion for me to look you in the eyes and tell you I loved you and valued you as a friend, but I did. I do. And I hate that it took this to say it. . There are a lot of well-deserved superlatives and adjectives being lain at your feet now bro, I’ll lay one more at your altar… You were a giant while you were down here. You towered above the hood. You towered above the City. You towered above your environment and circumstances. And you towered above the old modes of thought that haunt our communities still. . Your life was so big and you had so many incredible things that you were working on, that you have a number of people who will act as good shepherds of your name and work. It’s an honor that I’m a steward of part of your legacy. It’s an honor and a pledge. . Nip tha Great, Love you bro🖤 #TheMaratonContinues🏁

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Nipsey Hussle’s Business Partner Reveals Plans to Open Las Vegas Casino and Resort in 2020 with the Late Rapper

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