A protracted legal battle that had unfolded over the past year revolved around the mother of Nipsey Hussle’s daughter, who sought both custody of her child and control of the estate. Allegations of substance abuse and alcohol-related problems dating back to 2019 complicated the matter. A Probate Investigator’s recommendation had cast doubt on Tanisha’s suitability as a guardian due to her unemployment, housing instability, and purported issues with alcohol. In a recent twist, Nipsey’s family has now taken charge of the estate.
According to exclusive reports from Radar Online, Nipsey Hussle’s mother, brother, and sister have emerged victorious in their ongoing legal battle against Tanisha Foster, the rapper’s former girlfriend. The latest court hearing marked a significant turning point in the ongoing dispute over the custody of 14-year-old Emani.
The judge’s ruling has established that Nipsey’s mother, Angelique, his brother, Sam, and sister, Samantha, will jointly serve as guardians of Emani’s financial affairs, which includes the substantial inheritance exceeding $2 million.
Nipsey’s untimely passing in 2019 left Emani, and a son named Kross, born to his girlfriend, Lauren London, as the sole beneficiaries of his estate. Nipsey’s brother, Sam, was appointed to manage the rapper’s estate, which was valued at $4 million. Sam is optimistic about the estate’s potential to generate an annual income of around $4.7 million.
Following Nipsey’s tragic death, custody of Emani was granted to Angelique Smith, Sam, and Samantha, who argued that Tanisha was not fit to care for the child.
A significant development came in August 2021 when Nipsey’s family filed a petition to become the guardians of Emani’s estate. This would grant them the authority to control her inheritance and make sound investments on her behalf.
In their petition, the family articulated their intention: “Appointing Petitioners as the Guardians of Emani’s Estate will allow Petitioners to invest Emani’s share of the expected inheritance from her father’s estate.” They pledged to manage Emani’s assets judiciously and in her best interests until she reaches the age of 18.
Tanisha staunchly opposed the petition, seeking to deny Nipsey’s family control over Emani’s estate and to regain custody.
In her filing, Tanisha noted that, at the time of Nipsey’s passing, their relationship was amicable, and they shared custody. She also revealed that Nipsey had been covering their living expenses due to his significant financial resources. Tanisha conceded that she had agreed to allow Nipsey’s family custody of Emani in 2019 but clarified that her primary motivation had been her financial circumstances at the time.