On Wednesday (May 15), the legendary producer announced his plans to donate 100% of the proceeds from the track to the late rapper's children — daughter Emani, 10, and son Kross, 2 — ahead of the Friday (May 17) release of his 11th studio album, Father of Asahd.
"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 wrote, before revealing that just days before the 33-year-old rapper and activist was gunned down outside his Los Angeles clothing store, "he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called 'Higher.' After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with the world."
"The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a 'Higher' level was the essence of Nipsey's soul," Khaled's statement continued. "It is in this spirit, of moving forward, of preserving his mission that I, my co-writers, producers and label partner are donating 100% of all our proceeds from 'Higher' to Nipsey's children, Emani and Kross."
The hitmaker additionally captioned the Instagram post, "A gift from my brother Nipsey that we want to share with the world. We miss you and we will forever keep your legacy going. The Marathon Continues. 🏁💙 God Bless You. 🙏🏽🤲🏽."
"Higher," additionally features John Legend. As fans know, the "Preach" singer mentioned working with Nipsey on the shared project hours after news of his passing on March 31. "RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled," John wrote on Twitter. "We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he's gone so soon."
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