W/ the recent passing of LA Popping OG #MrAnimation & actor Bill Nunn aka #RadioRahiem, along w/ some of our heroes early this yr, as well as w/ some of my friends' loved ones & the madness that's been going in our communities & the whole world, 2016 has been pretty ruff.
Sept is a month 4 me personally that's pretty difficult to sometimes deal with, especially on today's date: Sept 25th, the day that my Dad passed away due to Leukemia. It's his 7 yr Death Anniv. I wrote about this before but the memory is permanently seared into my brain. My Dad was diagnosed in March 2009; he was a G & faced it w/ so much heart even tho he knew his time was limited.
My brother in arms #RocRaida passed away on 9.19.09. His passing hit the Hip Hop community hard. Wanted to go pay my respects & say goodbye to an old friend, but it was also very touchy 4 me. By this time, my Dad was in his final stages & was afraid that if I left, he would pass away while I was gone. Tho he was laid up, he still could speak a little; Asked his permission to say goodbye to Raida. He gave me the approval nod. @djbabuforeal & myself were the only ones that were able to go to NY & represent for @thebeatjunkies. Raida's Funeral was on Sept 24th. We were only there for a few hrs to pay respects, then took the next redeye flight back to LA. As soon as we landed, went straight back to the hospital. My Mom & Aunt was still there looking after my Dad. I remember he was able to wake up for a little while but couldn't talk because he was sedated yet he was aware of his surroundings & was able to give a small smile. My Aunt fed him his lunch & I gave him a clean shave. That would be the last time we would spend time w/ him alive. My Dad passed away in the late afternoon.
I've always said many times that my Dad was a simple, humble & honorable man w/ compassion. He's a great example of what a good man should be. I've always said that if I am ever lucky enuff to be married & have kids, I hope that I can be at least a quarter of the man that my Dad is. Mom & I miss u very much. Thank u 4 everything; u r my hero. I am honored, always & forever, to be ur son. I love u Dad. Ur son, Nazareth. #RIP #NestorNirza #Dad