Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life is about to begin at Staples Center, and TMZ is live streaming what’s expected to be a very emotional memorial service.
The slain Crenshaw rapper is being honored with a spectacular service in downtown L.A., where 21,000 people will turn out to pay their respects. So far G-Eazy, Big Sean, Big Boy, James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook and Meek Mill have arrived for the event.
The silver hearse carrying Nipsey’s body arrived outside the arena early Thursday ahead of the ceremony.
As you know, the free tickets to his memorial were hard to come by this week, as they were gobbled up within minutes after they were made available to Cali residents. It’s also a heavily guarded affair, with a mix of muscle from LAPD and Nation of Islam, as well as Staples Center personnel.
The memorial program is full of notes of goodbye and memories from close friends and family. Lauren London shared a touching text she sent to Ermias — Nipsey’s real name — before his death. There are also letters written by James Harden, DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, LeBron James, The Game, and tons of others.
We also got the Order of Service and it confirms many of Nipsey’s celeb friends will be heavily involved … including Anthony Hamilton, Marsha Ambrosius, Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, YG, Stevie Wonder and Big Boy. Minister Louis Farrakhan will also speak during the ceremony.
So sad and tragic.
I just tuned into the ceremony & heard Nipsey’s mother speak. She’s quite spiritually evolved. So eloquent & loving. She & Nipsey know the secret is all about LOVE & SERVICE.