Obama Honors Late Rapper Nipsey Hussle

I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it.

Today friends and family gathered at the Los Angeles Staples Center to celebrate the life of Ermias Joseph Asghedom, professionally known as rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Many public figures such as Minister Farrakhan spoke at the service for the slain rapper and Crenshaw pillar. Longtime friend Karen Civil read a letter penned from the 44the President, Barack Obama.

Obama acknowledged while he didn’t know Nipsey prior but had learned of the rapper through his daughters. And learned of his transformation and community work only after his passing.


“Nipsey saw potential, he saw hope. He saw a community that even through its flaws, taught him to always keep going… I hope his memory inspire more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it,” Obama wrote. “Michelle, and I send out sympathies to Lauren, Emani, Kross, and the entire Asghedom family and to all those who loved Nipsey.”

The rapper was an activist and entrepreneur and devoted his time to uplifting his community.

Nipsey was gunned down March 31 in L.A. in front of his clothing store. Suspect Eric Holder was later captured and has since pleaded not guilty to one charge of murder and two counts of attempted murder.


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