Long live Nipsey Hussle.
Nearly two weeks after his death, thousands of family, friends, and fans will gather to pay tribute to the Crenshaw rapper during a “Celebration of Life” at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday (April 11).
Over 20,000 people are expected to attend the memorial service for the Grammy-nominated rapper, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, who was beloved in his community for his activism and work in the community.
The two-hour ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. PST, is expected to feature performances in Hussle’s honor. It will be followed by a 25.5-mile funeral procession that will run from downtown Los Angeles through Inglewood, South L.A., and Watts, traveling past the Marathon Clothing store, where Hussle was gunned down on March 31.
Those who are unable to attend can watch the service a global live-stream on several platforms including BET and TIDAL.
Tickets for the service went on sale earlier this week and were gone within minutes. The only other time Staples Center has hosted a memorial for an entertainer was following Michael Jackson’s death in 2009.