Over 20,000 people flocked to the Staples Center in Los Angeles Thursday (April 11) for the homegoing service of rapper Nipsey Hussle. Watch the live stream of his moving funeral below.
Following the service, The Daily Mail reports, there will be a 25-mile procession throughout Hussle’s hometown of South Los Angeles, traveling to where the Rodney King riot started in 1992 and a number of other sites important to the community activist.
See highlights from the memorial service below.
- Band led by producer and DJ Battlecat begins service with a lively rendition of Hussle’s “Right Hand 2 God, followed by “Victory Lap.”
- Reading of the scripture: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20.
- Marsha Ambrosius takes the stage for a passionate performance of Mariah Carey’s “Fly Like a Bird.”
- Former President Barack Obama sends his condolences to Hussle’s family.
- The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks of Hussle’s Eritrean roots and impact on his community, in death and in life.
- Anthony Hamilton performs his 2005 song, “Pass Me Over.”
- Father Thomas Uwal reads Psalms 23 in the Eritrean language of Tigrinya.
- Hussle’s four children remember the father and family man.
- Jhene Aiko perfoms “Eternal Sunshine,” originally written in honor of her brother who passed away in 2012.
- Home videos from Hussle’s childhood are shared.
- Hussle’s mother, Angelique Smith, shares words of encouragement.
- Hussle’s brother, Samiel Asghedom, remembers his younger sibling, sharing personal stories from their upbringing in South Los Angeles.
- Lauren London, Hussle’s longtime girlfriend, reads a personal message she sent to him two months before his passing.
- Hussle’s younger sister, Samantha Smith, emotionally remembers the California king.
- Snoop Dogg pays his respects to Hussle’s family while fighting back tears.
- Hussle’s frequent collaborator YG and DJ Mustard remember the musician.
- The obituary is read by family members.
- Stevie Wonder shares his own experience meeting the prolific MC and performs one of the rapper’s favorite songs, “Rocket Love.”
- The eulogy is given by Pastor Shep Crawford.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.