Listen: Los Angeles Memorial Honors Rapper Nipsey Hussle
"The memorial service for nipsy hustle was held today at a packed staple center. Family members, friends and admirers took the stage to tell stories and pay on edge to the thirty three year old rapper who was fatally shot on March thirty first it's hustles. Real name is our Oscar Dom his father is an immigrant from the African country of era. Tria nipsy hustle was killed outside the clothing store that he owned and self LA just part of his many investments in the neighborhood where he grew up. He also owned restaurants and had launched a program for neighborhood youth to learn about careers and technology Austin cross producer with our sister show. Two, and he was inside staple center for the three hour plus memorial. Austin thanks for joining us. Hi, john. So Austin I want to ask about the mood inside the arena and their range of motion during the ceremony. There is such a range, and it really spoke to the variety that nifty hustle had his life in south Los Angeles in many ways, it was a celebration. There was a DJ. There were performances. There was music. There's a lot of cheering and clapping and stopping. But then there are also these very touching moments with, you know, the children's speaking here, it was it was a variety of things, and it was everything that really helps encapsulate the man that she us civil who is one of nipsy hustles business partners read a letter from former President Barack Obama. Let's listen to what she said he saw community that even with flaws tall him to always keep going his choice to. Invest in that community rather than to ignore it to build a skills training center. A co working space in Crenshaw to lift up the retrieve American community. So I'm gonna ask you about two things one is about nipsy hustle as civic leader who is really committed to helping people in his hometown. How much of the memorial was about that aspect of his life? We definitely heard a lot about what was happening in the community. And this was in two places. I we heard it before when we were out on the streets talking to people in the line, many people coming out some of them, even with tears in. There is talking about the things that he did in the community at the service. We heard from his family and his family definitely smoke about the time before he was the rapper whose world-famous known as nipsy hustle. But as the man who grew up there who who experienced things just like anybody else, but who had this drive to be more. But then also to come back into contributes to the economy into the community that was that was a really beautiful thing. We definitely heard one thing from snoop Dogg's that you know, I didn't know him when he was growing up. He said you got a letter from her job. You know that that's gotta really need something. One of the people who spoke inside Staples Center was his older brother Samuel ASCA Dom. And he shared stories about nipsy hustles, determination and drive while I'm trying to get money hustle than I was in my head only thing we may be able to do is help get this. Music career going because I felt that was only avenue, and that was only thing he he would that he wanted to move toward one of the things that's remarkable about nipsy hustle is that he was an entrepreneur not only in the community, but also with his music, whereas there are a lot of conversation about how he fought against labels. How he fought against preconceived notions of what kind of music he should be playing and became his own self musically. They're definitely was. And again, I come back to snoop dog because dog talks about the time when he listened to a nipsy hustle album. Nipsy brought his album to him. He's listen to it. Just like just listen to it. And that that simple part was like, okay. And he finally listened to it ended up doing collaborations with him. And he said that they missed it out to about Nikki awful, you was coming with the product. And he said, essentially, I've got this. This is what I'm bringing to the table. And this is how I'm going to earn my way. And you know, he definitely did things as a businessman that people would look at and say, well, it's not very typical for a guy who's in this community, for example, selling those albums for a lot of money out of his car and things like that. These are things that you don't really hear about. But yet he was doing in this brother, even spoke about the fact that you know, he would work all day for fifteen dollars on his brother would just go out. They come back with hundreds of dollars and say, how do you do that toward the end of the ceremony the audience heard from Stevie Wonder and he preceded his performance with some comments about the knee? For gun control. It is so painful to know that we don't have enough people taking up -sition. This is listen, we must have stronger gun laws. It's unacceptable. So my final question is about the mood inside staple center. There is a celebration of nipsy hustles life. And there's also there has to be some sort of tragic sadness over the fact that his life was cut so short, or, you know, right after Stevie Wonder said that part he said this line. He said it's almost like the whole world is doing blind. And it was really poignant coming from Stevie Wonder, of course. But the kind of speaks to the fact that some people still approach this with a big question of why you know, of course, why did this happen to a man who is so so very young. And when his mother spoke, you know, she said that she was at peace. She was at spirit. Actual peace with it. And that it wasn't something that was, you know, tearing her up inside because that's just how she processes things, but even outside there were people who are saying, you know, the system failed him and one person put it they said, you know, in all this darkness. The only answer that we have is to be the light. And if he was that light. And now people have to continue that light."