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OBAMA, STEVIE WONDER & SNOOP DOGG PAYS TRIBUTE TO RAPPER NIPSEY HUSSLE

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Former US President Barack Obama, legendary singer Stevie Wonder and rapper Snoop Dogg eulogized slain rapper Nipsey Hussle in a very emotional memorial in Los Angeles on Thursday. Obama wrote a letter to Nipsey family, which was by Karen Civil ’s and business partner. The letter was filled praise for Hussle’s attempt to revitalize the gang-plagued neighborhood where he was reportedly gunned down in March. “While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and sees only gangs, bullets, and despair Nipsey recognize the potential. He saw hope”. President Obama’s letter said, referencing his efforts to building a community skills-training center and a co-working space. The memorial was held at Staples Center, which was packed with fans wearing white and blue for the three hours of the memorial ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a 25-miles  procession through the streets of south Los Angeles. Fellow California rapper, Snoop Dogg, recalled Hussle’s former connections with the notorious Crips gang that the musician later parlayed into efforts to combat gang violence. “For God so loved the world, that he gave us a good Crip, the late great neighborhood Nip. Rest in peace,” Snoop Dogg said. He called the Grammy-nominated singer “a peace advocate” because of his work with all members of the community. Steve Wonder played his 1980 hit Rocket Love and a version of Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven to pay respects to Hussle. Also, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said Hussle has become “to hip hop and rap what Bob Marley was to reggae.” “He lived the gang life but he didn’t stay there. He lived the life of the ‘hood but he rose above the pull of gravity,” Farrakhan said in a speech.

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