According to The Source. the court sits outside of non-profit charter school Crete Academy, a school whose student population views Nipsey as the epitome of success.
The founder of Crete Academy, Hattie Mitchell told CBS about the lengths Nipsey’s presence had on the children highlighting the impact of his deeds.
“Or our kids to look at Nipsey and see to see everything he’s done, what he was able to accomplish and how much he gave back to the community is huge for them…because he looks like them. He grew up where they grew up. He’s the epitome of everything that they want to be and aspire to be”.
The project was spearheaded by Nick Ansom, CEO of the Venice Basketball League. Ansom and Hussle were in talks about developing a community project together as they both shared a love for basketball and contributing to the community.
Ansom found the court mural of Nipsey to be a way to comfort the people of Crenshaw of Nipsey’s everlasting support, despite his passing.
He maintained that the rapper spoke through his music, but he also spoke through his actions, You have Nipsey looking out toward his neighborhood and saying, ‘I’m still here with you guys.
The 46 feet wide and 78 feet long mural was painted by Muralist Gustavo Zermano, who is also a certified Hip-Hop head as he expressed his tune in to Tupac Shakur.