Obama, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder among those who paid tribute to Nipsey Hussle.
A teary-eyed Snoop Dogg delivered an emotional speech in honour of the late rapper at the Celebration of Life event at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Thursday.
You know Nipsey was special when the 44th President of the United States of America writes you a letter to be delivered at your funeral. Commensurating with the bereaved Obama wrote:
Dear Friends and Family of Nipsey:
I’d never met Nipsey Hussle, but I’d heard some of 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 neighbourhood where he grew up and see only 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. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it — to build a skills training centre and a coworking space in Crenshaw; to lift up the Eritrean-American community; to set an example for young people to follow — 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 the entire Asghedom family and to all those who loved Nipsey.
He will be sorely missed.