Nipsey Hussle memorial brings out big names: Snoop Dogg, Meek Mill, Puff Daddy
The line of people waiting to pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle snaked around Staples Center on Thursday morning.
The memorial for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle brought thousands to Staples Center, from fans who grew up in his neighborhood to big-name celebrities.
Among those spotted at the memorial were Usher, Snoop Dogg, Puff Daddy, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz.
The program includes tributes from his brother, longtime girlfriend Lauren London, music mogul Jay Z, rapper YG, actress Issa Rae and basketball player Russell Westbrook.
Lights inside the arena were dimmed as tracks from Hussle’s Grammy-nominated album “Victory Lap” played. Fans — some dressed in blue and others wearing shirts from Hussle’s clothing brand with “Crenshaw” scribbled on the front — slowly filled the cavernous space.
Amanda Stephens, 25, was running on adrenaline and no sleep when she rushed through the 7th Street Metro center in downtown Los Angeles just after 8 a.m., switching trains amid the morning commuters.
“I couldn’t miss Nip,” she said as she took her seat on a Blue Line train for the short ride to Staples Center. Stephens, who was still wearing her security guard uniform, had finished an overnight shift in North Hollywood an hour before and was headed directly to the memorial. She said she planned to stash her backpack in a friend’s car on the walk from Pico Station.
“You know, this is about to be crazy,” she said.
Nipsey Hussle’s hearse passes by his clothing store on Slauson Avenue.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles TImes)
The procession for Nipsey Hussle along Slauson Avenue.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
A hearse carrying the casket of Nipsey Hussle drives through a huge throng near his clothing store on Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles.(Travis Geske / For The Times)
People climb on a Los Angeles police car parked on Slauson Avenue as the procession for Nipsey Hussle passes.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Cindy Lynn of Los Angeles takes a selfie in front of a mural of Nipsey Hussle near the late rapper’s Marathon Clothing store.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
People celebrate the life of Nipsey Hussle as his funeral procession passes the Watts Towers.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A woman holds a Nipsey Hussle memorial program in Watts.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Herb Johnson of Los Angeles pays his respects to Nipsey Hussle on a wall near the late rapper’s Marathon Clothing store.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
People stand on the roof of Slauson Donuts to view the funeral procession.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
(Travis Geske / For The Times)
The procession in Watts.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A child rides a dirt bike in the procession following the hearse in Watts.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Fans wave as the hearse carrying Nipsey Hussle’s body departs Staples Center in a procession after the rapper’s memorial.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Fans wave as Nipsey Hussle’s hearse departs Staples Center.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Fans line the street outside Staples Center as Nipsey Hussle’s funeral procession departs.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Pallbearers carry Nipsey Hussle’s casket at the memorial service at Staples Center.(Frederick M. Brown / AFP-Getty Images)
Stevie Wonder performs during the memorial.(Kevork Djansezian / AFP-Getty Images)
Angelique Smith, left, and Dawit Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle’s parents, speak at the memorial service.(Kevork Djansezian / AFP-Getty Images)
Snoop Dogg speaks at the memorial.(Kevork Djansezian / AFP-Getty Images)
Stevie Wonder at the memorial.(Kevork Djansezian / AFP-Getty Images)
Romero “Slumbaby” Roberson, right, designed the shirt he wore to the memorial.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Fans gather for the memorial.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Freemasons attend the memorial.(David McNew / Getty Images)
People console one another at the memorial.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
People gather along the procession route.(Kyle Grillot / AFP-Getty Images)
Outside Staples Center.(Etienne Laurent / EPA-Shutterstock)
Mourners arrive at Staples Center.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Fans of rapper Nipsey Hussle wait in line to attend a public memorial at Staples Center in Los Angeles.(Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press)
A silver hearse arrives at Staples Center for the memorial service for rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose given name was Ermias Asghedom.(Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)
Security is in place at Staples Center ahead of a memorial for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Artist Gift Davis works on a portrait of rapper Nipsey Hussle as fans wait in line to attend a public memorial at Staples Center.(Ringo H.W. Chiu / Associated Press)
Artist Gift Davis paints a portrait of Nipsey Hussle as people arrive to attend the slain rapper’s memorial ceremony.(Etienne Laurent / EPA/Shutterstock)
“This is history,” Chris Deshotel, 30, interjected from across the train aisle. Deshotel and two friends were also on their way to the memorial.
Stephens said that it had been “a rough week.”
“I really had to take his videos and stuff in increments,” she said. “I thought, ‘OK, I’ve done too much Nip for today. I need to tune out.’”
But the Watts native said she was “done crying.” Today was about celebrating Hussle’s life and legacy.
After the memorial service at Staples Center, a 25.5-mile funeral procession is to travel through South L.A., Watts and Inglewood.
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