Nipsey Hussle honored at private service

Sergio Cunningham
April 12, 2019

Mourners from as far away as Maryland and Minnesota were in Los Angeles for Thursday's funeral services of rapper and businessman Nipsey Hussle, who they say was a major influence in their own lives.

Like Harden, many other National Basketball Association players have recognized Nipsey Hussle since the influential 33-year-old rapper and activist was shot and killed on March 31 outside of his clothing store in South Los Angeles. Under his portrait are the words, "God will rise".

"I hope that you get the understanding that we're calling those ancestors into the service", she explained at the end of the act. I wouldn't want to go thru this journey with anyone but you.

Hussle transformed himself from a South Los Angeles gang member to a rap musician and channeled his success into efforts to help others stay out of gangs.

Reading from her phone, the mother of the prolific rapper and motivational businessman read a prayer and poured a libation for her son, calling on his ancestors to accept him into the spiritual realm. "I love you beyond this Earth", she said. The book of almost 100 pages contained numerous photos of Hussle with London, his children, and friends like Russell Westbrook and Snoop Dogg. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it-to build a skills training center 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".

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On Friday, the Los Angeles City Council is expected to adjourn its regular meeting in honor of Hussle, according to Councilman Marqueece Harris- Dawson, a friend of Hussle's. Finally, it will arrive at a funeral home in the city's hard-scrabble Crenshaw district, where the rapper was born on August 15, 1985.

Holder has pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Police have said Holder and Hussle had several interactions the day of the shooting and have described it as being the result of a personal dispute.

He also recounted how Hussle was able to purchase the shopping center where his The Marathon clothing store is based, ending the threat of eviction.

He went on to say that Hussle would often tell him to yell "respect" in the mornings out of a window. From artists like Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar to his immediate family, the letters, tributes, stories, clips, and heartfelt speeches have been numerous - a testament to his legacy as both an artist and a family man. Players admired him for his community building. The album debuted at No. 4 on Billboard's 200 albums charts and earned him a Grammy nomination.

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