Thousands of people, friends, family and fans gathered at the Staples Center today Thursday April 11 in Downtown Los Angeles to honor the life and legacy of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle, née Ermias Asghedom, who died on March 31.
The streets of Los Angeles was filled with countless fans who are celebrating the star's achievements. The late 33-year-old's lyrics about the power of unity ring especially true on this day as celebrities like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Russell Westbrook and Cassie gather to honor the memory of the artiste.
The late star's longtime love, Lauren London, is among the crowd honoring the life of Nipsey today. At the memorial service, a text message from Lauren to Nipsey, sent in January, was shared.
"I'm in bed with you while you're sleeping and I wanted to tell u something I want you to know I feel real Joy in my heart when I'm around you I feel safe around you," the message began. "Protected. Like a shield over me when you're around I am totally myself with you (which is prob why I'm annoying) because i don't wear a cool mask anymore lol."
A letter from Barack Obama was read, sending love to Nipsey's family members.
Many celebrities also took to social media to honor Nipsey, Jamie Foxx writing on Instagram, "@nipseyhussle RIP. god blessing. I know there is a silver lining to this. Just hard to see it right now. But good is coming. I can feel. God bless the family. #love #nohate."