More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the service, with thousands more paying their respects to the late rapper during a 25-mile procession through the city. The program handed out to attendees also included tributes from artists like Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, YG, and the Game and athletes like Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
"I'd never met Nipsey Hussle, but I'd hear some of his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work". The store will be one of the places where Hussle's casket passes during the procession through South Los Angeles. "Rest in peace", Snoop Dogg said.
"I've never cried myself to sleep over any public figure before, but Nipsey's presence meant so much for our community", actress Issa Rae wrote in a message inside the book. The ceremony, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder and others, will be livestreamed by BET.
A crowd of fans and mourners congregated outside the venue Thursday morning, with many wearing clothes that had images of Hussle on them.
Almost a half-dozen National Basketball Association players are reportedly on hand at Staples Center, home of the Lakers and Clippers, for Wednesday's celebration of life memorial service for late rapper and L.A. native Nipsey Hussle.
The note from the 44th president was read out loud early into the two-hour service.
BET is also providing a live, commercial-free broadcast of the memorial, dubbed BET Remembers: Nipsey Hussle, in addition to live streaming the event on the BET News' Facebook Page starting at 10 a.m. PT. BET's coverage will be fronted by BET News host Marc Lamont Hill and entertainment news journalist Gia Peppers.
The Staples Center doors will open at 8 a.m. PT, however, the funeral service will not start until 10 a.m. PT. Details on guest speakers expected at the funeral have not yet been released.
Eric R. Holder Jr., who has been charged with killing Hussle, has pleaded not guilty.
The rapper's family has been left to mourn him, including his girlfriend of more than five years, Lauren London, with whom he shared a son. I know everyone is hurting though but I'd like to say something to my city, Los Angeles, because this pain is really ours.
The service had kicked off with songs from Hussle's latest Grammy-nominated album, Victory Lap.