After news of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s violent death shocked the hip-hop and entertainment worlds, a report circulated that Jay-Z had established a hefty trust fund for the late rapper’s two children.
The story of the supposed trust fund was published on April 4 on PopularSuperStars.com, described by several entertainment websites as a "fake" hip-hop blog known for sharing questionable content.
The article, which has been shared on Facebook more than 2,200 times, was flagged as part of the social media platform’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The story does not provide any source for its claim. It simply says that Jay-Z "quietly put together a trust fund for Nipsey’s children and you won’t guess how much it’s worth." It then goes on to allege Jay-Z made Hussle’s partner, Lauren London, "the executor of a trust that is worth $15 million; its beneficiaries are his daughter Emani and son (with London), Kross."
We attempted to contact the author of the article, or anyone who writes for the website, but no contact information exists on the website. Its Facebook page appears to have been taken down.
Jay-Z did have a relationship with Hussle. And after Hussle’s death, Jay-Z posted a picture of Hussle on his Instagram account with the caption: "RIP Nipsey Hussle. Another tragic loss for Hip-Hop. Condolences to his family." In fact, according to Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, Hussle and representatives of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation had scheduled a meeting with the agency to "talk about ways (Hussle) could help stop gang violence." It was slated to take place the day after Hussle died.
But there is no evidence to suggest that Jay-Z has arranged a trust fund for Hussle’s kids. And not a single credible media outlet or entertainment news website has reported on the alleged donation.
We reached out to Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation, for comment on the story but did not hear back.
Soon after the trust fund story was discredited, fans quickly took to social media to call it out:
A story posted on an entertainment blog claims that Jay-Z set up a "$15 million trust fund" for the late Nipsey Hussle’s children.
The report was soon discredited as being inauthentic by several hip-hop websites and we could find no evidence or details to suggest that such a donation was made.
This is Pants on Fire!