The memorial service for the slain rapper, Nipsey Hussle began with songs from his “Victory Lap” album, which bagged nominations at the last Grammys, as over 21,000 sat at the Staples Center on Thursday.
As Marsha Ambrosius sang Mariah Carey’s song “Fly Like a Bird” Nipsey’s mother, clad in all-white, danced her way through the aisle. A montage showing the deceased rapper’s pictures from childhood to adulthood as well as those with his fiancée, Lauren London, and other rappers was shown to the crowd with Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” playing in the background. Hussle was commended by the Nation of Islam’s leader for being able to bring different factions together.
The former President of the US sent in a letter in honor of the late rapper which was read by media mogul and blogger, Karen Civil. Black America Web reported the letter read thus:
“I’ve never meet Nipsey, but I’ve heard his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work. While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and only see gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. He saw a community that even though its flaws taught him to always keep going. He chose to invest in that community rather than to ignore it,” the Obama letter read. “He set an example for young people to follow and is a legacy worthy of celebration. I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it. Michelle and I send our sympathies to Lauren, Emani, Kross, and his whole family and to all those who love Nipsey.”
Several dignitaries were present to honor Nipsey Hussle and his legacy speaking words of tribute about the rapper.