The Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life began at 10am PDT (1pm EST) at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, with 20,000 mourners inside and thousands more are expected to take to the streets for a 25-mile procession through the city afterwards.
The hearse carrying Hussle’s coffin arrived at the stadium flocked by a convoy of black Rolls Royces. The last time Hussle appeared at the venue was when he headlined the BET Experience in June.
Following the ceremony, the car will then travel deep into the neighborhood where the deadly Rodney King race riot began in 1992 and on past the property where Hussle had planned to turn an aging strip mall into new businesses and affordable homes.
Finally, it will arrive at a funeral home in the city’s hard-scrabble Crenshaw district, where the rapper was born on August 15, 1985.