Barack Obama Writes Letter Praising Nipsey Hussle That Was Read at Memorial Service

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Barck Obama wrote a special note on Thursday about rapper Nipsey Hussle, which was read out loud at his memorial service held at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Hussle's close friend and business partner, Karen Civil, was emotional as she read the letter and shared that Obama wrote the message that very morning. Obama praised Hussle's work supporting his community, and said he was introduced to his music by his daughters, 20-year-old Malia and 17-year-old Sasha, but had never met him. 

"I've heard his music through my daughters and after his passing, I had the chance to hear more about his transformation and his community work," Obama wrote. "While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential. He saw hope. ... I hope his memory inspires more good work in Crenshaw and communities like it."

Hussle was fatally shot on March 31 outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced on April 4 that Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was charged with fatally shooting Hussle and wounding two others in Los Angeles. The two other men survived.

Since Hussle's tragic death at just 33 years old, countless artists have been mourning the late rapper, including Drake, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Meek Mill, Chance the Rapper and more. 

Watch the video below for more tributes on his death:

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