Jay-Z wrote:
“The seeds you have planted are already bearing fruit.
“You were a curious soul who was evolving at a speed that was truly inspiring.
“’Top of the top,” this is how Nip always greeted me in the morning as if he was reminding me that he was steadfastly holding on to the top of the top of his own life string and destiny!
Nipsey the Friend. Nipsey the Husband. To stand in fearlessness in what he believes will impact on the earth, as well as in heaven. Nipsey the Brother. “A true King will be tested in adversity. So thank you Nipsey the Radical. Nipsey the Father. Nipsey the Thinker. Nipsey the Great. And from now on, Nipsey the Messenger……Shalom.”” />
Both performing as opening acts on The Game LAX tour. “In 2009, I remember trekking cities alongside Nipsey and family. Our sprinter van trailed their mobile home from state to state.
there is something in every one of us that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in ourselves and that IT is the only true guide that we would ever have. “’…. And that if we cannot hear it, we will all of our lives spend our days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls!’”
I pray for those who trespass against it. But most importantly, he was a vessel from God. I pray that Ermias Foundation continues to blossom. I realized Nipsey was all of those perspectives. “Time surely revealed itself. As my heart aches for him and his family, I understand that the Most High doesn’t make mistakes.
“The outpouring of admiration is testimony to the love and respect you’ve farmed.
“Sleep well King, The Marathon continues as a line of energy for all of us to consider.
“So, Top of the top – Nip
Fellow South L.A. native Lamar, who is featured on Hussle’s song “Dedication,” remembered working with the rapper early in his career.
"Renown[ed] late Professor Dr. Howard Thurman introduced us – many years ago – to the existence of a new black man …..
“I watched a young, ambitious black male orchestrate fellowship amongst the men around him on that tour. Determined to execute one thing—and that was Greatness. Was he a radical? My curiosity about who he really was started to grow from that moment in time. Or was he a thinker? The years progressed, and my admiration grew from up close and from afar. That mystique kept me engaged throughout his life and career. Watching his interviews, his philosophies, and his work amongst the black community. Was he a product of Crenshaw and Slauson? Greatness in knowledge, greatness in wealth, and greatness in self.
“The world just got to see a flash of your brilliance.
Tributes from Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, YG, the Game and athletes such as Russell Westbrook and James Harden are included in the program. While there have been many tributes onstage at the Nipsey Hussle memorial service taking place at Los Angeles’ Staples Center today, there are many more within the event’s program.
“Though I was there as support for my brother Jay Rock, Nipsey greeted me as one of his own. And that was very commendable. Casually, I would go out to the crowd and listen to the substance he spewed on stage. Thinking to myself, this is the type of talent I want to be a part of. But his integrity as a person made me even more enthused. His charisma and way with words was powerful.