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With a theme of “The Marathon Continues,” rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle was laid to rest Thursday, April 11.
During the service, there was one moment that was particularly special. Stevie Wonder took to the stage turning the slain ‘Victory Lap’ hero’s words into more of a prophecy than lyrics.
In his 2016 song ‘Ocean Views’ Nip, as his loved ones called him, rapped about how he imagined his funeral,
‘Hunnid thousand in my coffin, that’s just light dough,
Play a Stevie Wonder song, smoke some flight bro.’
While on stage, Wonder mentioned he never met the rapper but was honored to fulfill his dream. He also used this platform to call for gun law reform.
Watch the ‘Ribbon in the Sky’ singer’s touching tribute:
Beautiful moments like this were present throughout the entire program, there were performances and speeches from big names such as Snoop Dogg, Minister Louis Farrakhan, Jhené Aiko, Marsha Ambrosius, and Anthony Hamilton.
President Barack Obama also wrote a touching letter that was read by Karen Civil.
The memorial was held at the Stapels Center in Los Angeles with over 20,000 attendees present to celebrate the 33-year old’s short but well-accomplished life. Several close family members and friends displayed incredible strength sharing stories of their beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend as his casket sat center stage surrounded by beautiful arrangements of white, violet, and blue flowers.
Following the funeral was a 25-mile procession traveling through the streets and neighborhoods that were near and dear to the Crenshaw native. Stops included his childhood home and The Marathon, his clothing store and site of his tragic death.
Thousands of fans lined the streets to say farewell to their hometown hero. Truly a victory lap.
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