By Jill Serjeant
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Barack Obama despatched a letter, Stevie Surprise sang, and Snoop Dogg referred to as slain rapper Nipsey Hussle a “peace advocate” at a Los Angeles memorial on Thursday attended by members of the family, mates and 1000’s of followers.
Obama wrote a letter to the household that was learn by Karen Civil, Hussle’s pal and enterprise companion. The previous president praised Hussle’s makes an attempt to revitalize the gang-plagued neighborhood the place he was raised, and the place he was gunned down final month.
“Whereas most people take a look at the Crenshaw neighborhood the place he grew up and see solely gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey noticed potential. He noticed hope,” Obama’s letter mentioned, referencing his efforts to construct a skills-training heart and a co-working area.
The 21,000-capacity Staples Heart, a sports activities and pop live performance venue, was full of followers carrying white and blue for the three-hour memorial. It was adopted by a 25-mile (40-km) procession by the streets of south Los Angeles.
Fellow California rapper Snoop Dogg recalled Hussle’s former connections with the infamous Crips gang that the musician later parlayed into efforts to fight gang violence.
Hussle, 33, was shot on March 31 exterior a clothes retailer he owned in south Los Angeles. Final week, a stampede erupted at a neighborhood vigil for Hussle after studies of a gunman within the crowd.
“For God so liked the world, that he gave us Crip, the late nice neighborhood Nip. Relaxation in peace,” Snoop Dogg mentioned. He referred to as the Grammy-nominated singer “a peace advocate” due to his work with all members of the group.
Surprise performed his 1980 hit “Rocket Love” and a model of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.”
Nation of Islam chief Louis Farrakhan mentioned Hussle has change into “to hip hop and rap what Bob Marley was to reggae.”
“He lived the gang life however he did not keep there. He lived the lifetime of the ‘hood however he rose above the pull of gravity,” Farrakhan mentioned in a speech.
Hussle’s two year-old son, wearing a blue swimsuit, was introduced on stage within the arms of the musician’s girlfriend, mannequin Lauren London.
A 29-year-old man final week pleaded not responsible to homicide prices. Police mentioned Hussle’s taking pictures was motivated by a private dispute, though it came about in a surge of gang-related violence in south Los Angeles in March.
Hussle, whose actual identify was Ermias Asghedom, was Grammy-nominated earlier this 12 months for his debut studio album “Victory Lap.”
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