By NoBetterNina (@Nobetternina)
The late Nipsey Hussle’s affiliation with the Crips was no secret, and although he was a member, that isn’t stopping his estate from suing the gang for allegedly attempting to profit off of one of Nipsey’s most popular catchphrases, by trademarking it.
“The Marathon Continues” is a household phrase to those familiar with the west coast rapper, as it is the name of one of his mixtapes, it is the inspiration behind his clothing brand The Marathon Clothing, and a phrase that Nipsey lived by. However, that phrase has recently created some tension between Nipsey’s estate and the Crips, after the Crips alleged attempt to trademarks and profit over the popular catchphrase.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the Crips were filing to trademark the phrase “The Marathon Continues”, after having filed trademarks for various services and clothing even though Nipsey Hussle’s family owns rights to many “Marathon” based trademarks.
Samiel Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle’s older brother, has sued Crips LLC. over rights to the trademark, stating that the estate should have ownership of it. Samiel, alongside the estate, are also seeking monetary compensation and calling for all the merchandise that was created using Nipsey’s catchphrase to be destroyed.
The estate is also claiming that a trademark was filed by Crips LLC. less than 2 months after the murder of the South Los Angeles rapper. However, the Crips did initially agree to abandon the trademarks, apologizing to the family of Nipsey Hussle, but still ended up following through with the filing this month.
Hopefully things end up working out in everyone’s favour, but it’s sad that this is even an issue either of the parties have to deal with.