Nipsey Hussle's Girlfriend Lauren London Pays Tribute at Memorial

Nipsey Hussle tribute outside his Marathon Clothing Store

Nipsey Hussle tribute outside his Marathon Clothing Store

On Thursday, Nipsey's "Celebration of Life" memorial service was held at the Staples Center, which featured touching messages from London, as well as JAY-Z and Barack Obama.

"While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and only see gangs, bullets and despair, Nipsey saw potential", the letter continued. "He saw hope", Obama's letter said, referencing his efforts to build a skills-training center and a co-working space. Around the time it was to start, about half of the Staples Center was full and fans were still waiting to get inside.

People unable to attend the ceremony will still have a chance to pay respects to Hussle during a procession that is expected to move through South Los Angeles following the event.

Fellow California rapper Snoop Dogg recalled Hussle's former connections with the notorious Crips gang that the musician later parlayed into efforts to combat gang violence.

Hussle was shot to death March 31 while standing outside The Marathon, his South Los Angeles clothing store, not far from where the rapper grew up. Last week, a stampede erupted at a local vigil for Hussle after reports of a gunman in the crowd.

Farrakhan made the flub a second time, saying, "I thank Nipsey Russell" before backtracking and saying, "I said it right".

For his remarks at rapper Nipsey Hussle's funeral on Thursday, Louis Farrakhan, the virulent anti-Semite atop the Nation of Islam, earned a warm reception from a number of verified Twitter users.

However, viewers will be able to watch Hussle's memorial on various networks in Los Angeles including Fox 11, NBC 4, ABC 7 and KTLA. "He lived the life of the 'hood but he rose above the pull of gravity", Farrakhan said in a speech. London was with another woman and Kross, her 2-year-old son with Hussle; Hussle's daughter Emani Asghedom; another child and London's son with rapper Lil Wayne, Cameron Carter. Last week, 29-year-old Eric Ronald Holder Jr., an aspiring rapper and acquaintance of Hussle, pleaded not guilty to one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with two counts of attempted murder. The store will be one of the places where Hussle's casket passes during the procession through South Los Angeles.

The service had kicked off with songs from Hussle's latest Grammy-nominated album, Victory Lap.

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