Nipsey Hussle will be missed.
"It's another tragedy in the inner city, urban community, and it's just unfortunate", James told CBS 2 Los Angeles after Hussle's death, highlighting the rapper's activism in South Los Angeles. The 33-year-old owned businesses there, invested in the community, paid for funerals and kids' shoes and counted several Los Angeles rappers among his influences and collaborators.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama sent a letter, Stevie Wonder sang, and Snoop Dogg called slain rapper Nipsey Hussle a "peace advocate" at a Los Angeles memorial on Thursday attended by family members, friends and thousands of fans.
Not only will Los Angeles' Staples Center be packed for Nipsey Hussle's memorial Thursday, but throngs are also expected to line the streets to bid him farewell. I feel you everywhere. Protected. Like a shield over me when you're around. "My loyalty and devotion is to you", she concluded. Unconditionally. My truth is this. "I'm going to share with you that text". My loyalty and devotion is to you.
"So, Top of the top - Nip", said JAY-Z of Hussle, who worked closely with Hov's record label Roc Nation and was a close friend. I was in a paradise and I was playing in the ocean water when Ermias popped up right behind me. He said, 'What up Killa?' cause that's my nickname to him. I turned around and I held his hand and I gave him a hug... I don't wear my cool mask anymore.
"I realized Ermias told me what heaven was like". She is also the mother of Hussle's son, Kross. "I'm totally myself when I'm with you", she said with her children, along with Nipsey's eldest daughter Emaini by her side. "And I'm so grateful I got to experience such a man", Lauren London said. You were a curious soul who was evolving at a speed that was truly inspiring... You've given me an opportunity to really love a man. Wearing a shirt bearing the musician's image with the caption "The Marathon Continues", he told CNN that as an entrepreneur himself, he always admired how Nipsey taught others to pursue their goals.
Both him and his wife, Beyoncé, were spotted at the service to pay their respects. While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood [and see violence and gangs] ... "He set an example for young people to follow and is a legacy worth of celebration". With the ceremony well-underway, many have already taken to the stage to mourn the late, great Neighborhood Nip. A spirit of love.
"We come from royalty and regality", she added. Standing onstage with Hussle's father, Dawit Asghedom, she declared: "Ermias was a legacy". I told my mom about the dream.
Not only has Nipsey Hussle been taken from us too soon, but we've also lost all the music he could have made in the future - like a potential collaboration with Rihanna.