Students join rapper NLE Choppa ‘to skate for Tyre’

By , Daily Memphian Updated: February 03, 2023 3:23 PM CT | Published: January 28, 2023 2:59 PM CT

Memphis rapper NLE Choppa woke up on Saturday, Jan 28, and decided he wanted to “walk and skate” for Tyre Nichols.

“I was just trying to turn a negative into a positive,” he said. “That’s my main goal today.”

The day after video footage of Tyre Nichols’ fatal encounter with Memphis Police officers was released, community members gathered to celebrate him, including a peaceful protest in Southeast Memphis with students from the dance school L.Y.E Academy.

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On Saturday, the skaters met on Cottonwood Road in Southeast Memphis and made their way toward Perkins Road and Goodlett. “We’re here to skate for Tyre,” said NLE Choppa, who grew up in a house on Cottonwood Road.

“He loves touring and going to schools and just inspiring kids to want to do better,” said Ladia Yates, owner of L.Y.E and friend of the popular rapper. 

“He’s aware of his influence, and he feels, as a young Black man, that he is connected to Tyre.” 

During the walk and skate event, students and other participants chanted “Skate for Tyre.”

Nichols is remembered as an avid skateboarder. Mourners flocked to Tobey Skate Park in Midtown on Jan. 26 to host a vigil for Nichols.

Choppa, who has more than 12 million monthly listeners on Spotify, titled his 2019 EP “Cottonwood” for the Memphis neighborhood where he grew up.

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Rob Moore is an Arkansas native who moved to Memphis to attend the University of Memphis. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English. He covers Public Companies, Transportation and Logistics, and Banking and Finance.


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