Nipsey Hussle's Memorial To Be Held At Staples Center
Reports say that Nipsey Hussle's memorial service will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this week. According to TMZ, the service will be held on Thursday morning (April 11th). Earlier this week, it was reported that Nipsey's family wanted the memorial to be held at a venue large enough to accomodate the rapper's huge fan base and thought the 21,000 seat arena would be perfect.
Meanwhile, the site reported that tickets for the memorial will be sold online and only ticket holders will gain admission. Some fans were offended when they heard news that they would have to buy tickets to get into the memorial, but Nip's business partner Karen Civil took to Twitter to set the record straight. She tweeted, "I want to officially let @NipseyHussle fans & supporters know that there will be NO selling of tickets to his funeral. A lot of incorrect information was released today." She added that an official stataement about funeral plans will be released in the next few days.
NIPSEY HUSSLE'S FAMILY SPEAKS OUT ON HIS DEATH
In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Nipsey Hussle's family opened up about his memory. The rapper's father Dawit Asghedom said about his son, "It was like he was sent by God to give some love to bring us together because that’s what his lyrics were saying, always." He’s not shy to tell the truth even though it might not look good. He wasn’t scared of anything. God sent him to send a message."
He continued, "It looks like, 'Your time is up because you have completed what I sent you to do.' We all have a plan, but God has his own plan. So he had completed what he needed to be doing and he did it early so God probably want to take him early too."
His mom Angelique Smith said, "I would like for him to be remembered as a humble, spirited, respectful man who had, since his childhood, had an extraordinary and unlimited intellectual capacity."
She added, "He recognized at an early age his own capability. His own potential. He has always known."
Despite her grief, Smith said that she has found her self comforting mourners and "chasing away the spirit of fear and grief ... retaliation and anger." "I’ve been at perfect peace."
His brother Samiel said, "There’s a lot of politics within the area that we grew up in, but he stayed the course and showed what he was about. He made something work in an area that was run-down, that people were scared to come to, and he turned it into a landmark."
Hussle's girlfriend Lauren London said, "He was a protector and wanted us to be our best at all times. He was a truth seeker and truth speaker. I’m going to keep my head high and always represent for my king to the fullest. He loved his kids. He was a family man. His family came first."
L.A. GANGS UNITE FOR PEACE IN HONOR OF NIPSEY
On Friday afternoon (April 5th), L.A. Gang members from Watts, Compton, L.A., Inglewood met up in Crewnshaw to march in solidarity to show their love for Nipsey Hussle. According to TMZ, gang leaders met the night before to talk about putting the word out to their neighborhoods to put down their guns and show unity.
Then on Friday, they met outside of a grocery store in Crenshaw and then started marching. They ended up at his Marathon store.
There hasn't been this kind of peace between rival gangs since 1992.