Nipsey Hussle’s life will be commemorated with a memorial service held at the Staples Center in L.A., Thursday, April 11.
On Sunday (April 7), the Eritrean community of Los Angeles held a memorial service for Nipsey Hussle at the Medhani-Alem Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church in South L.A. The service was organized by the United Eritrean Association with hundreds of respective community associates attending.
Hussle was the son of an Eritrean father and African-American mother. His father, Dawit Asghedom identified his son as being a fearless messenger whose time on earth was a divine mission.
Hussle’s mother Angelique Smith, cherished her son’s persona and his one-of-a-kind acumen of being supremely hefty. She says, “I have perfect Peace. Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck Because Nipsey Is Great! He is the Great. And now he is even greater because he has no bounds and no Limits, his energy is everywhere!”
Born Ermias Ashghedom, Hussle adapted his stage name from Nipsey Russell, an iconic black comedian and actor. Like Russell, Hussle’s early calling card was injecting hazy humor into his rhyme style.
Hussle’s passion for hip hop music, gave him the ability, through partnerships and investments, to develop commercial and residential real estate projects in his own neighborhood in South Los Angeles, such as the plaza that housed his own Marathon clothing store. He has also established tech programs and collaborative workspaces such as Vector 90- both to provide “a bridge between Silicon Valley and the inner city.”