Barack Obama Writes A Tribute Letter To The Late Nipsey Hussle’s Family

Rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed outside of his clothing store on March 31, at age 33. The memorial for the Grammy-nominated musician was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 11.

Family members, friends, and celebrities gathered in one place during Memorial service to pay tributes to the late rapper. Among the famous people that honored Nipsey Hussle’s memory, was also Barack Obama. The former president of America sent a consoling letter to the deceased rapper’s family.

Obama Letter to Nipsey Hussle
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Karen Civil (Nipsey’s friend and business partner) posted a screenshot of Barack Obama’s tribute letter for Nipsey Hussle on Twitter writing: “Thank you to @BarackObama for sending this letter for me to read celebrating @NipseyHussle’s life & legacy,”

Source: Karen Civil

Karen Civil also read Obama’s letter during the Memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Obama began the letter:

I’d never met Nipsey Hussle, but I’d heard some of his music through my daughters, and after his passing, I had the chance to learn more about his transformation and his community work.

The letter went on praising Hussle’s activism in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Crenshaw:

He saw a community that, even though its flaws, taught him to always keep going. His choice to invest in that community rather than ignore it … is a legacy worthy of celebration.

The ‘Change We Can Believe In’ author concluded his letter:

I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it. Michelle and I send our sympathies to Lauren, Emani, Kross, and the entire Asghedom family and to all those who loved Nipsey.

The late rapper and his girlfriend of six years Lauren London have a 2-year-old son named Kross. Lauren London’s son, 9, whose dad is Lil Wayne also joined the service.

Watch the video below by US Weekly for more information:

Check out Obama’s full letter below:

Obama Letter to Nipsey Hussle



In addition to Obama’s tributes, the service was also attended by celebrities like Jay Z, Usher, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Snoop Dogg, and Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Hussle whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom tried to revitalize his community through his music and activism. According to US Weekly, he even opened a center in Crenshaw to promote diversity in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

May his soul rest in peace.


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