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Barack Obama, Lauren London, Snoop and others honored Nipsey Hussle at his memorial service in Los Angeles. Barack Obama celebrated the music, life and legacy of Nipsey in an open letter, which Karen Civil shared on Twitter and read at a memorial service in Los Angeles Thursday.

“While most folks look at the Crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, Nipsey saw potential,” Obama wrote in the touching tribute to the Grammy-nominated rapper, who was shot and killed in front of his Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon, on March 31.

“He saw hope,” Obama added

Snoop Dogg remembered the first time Nipsey “pushed up on me with a tape,” trying to get the world-famous Long Beach rapper to listen to his music.

Nipsey told him, “Just give it a listen,” which struck Snoop as odd. Most rappers trying to catch Snoop’s ear talk about making money, but Nipsey didn’t want a handout. He was ready to earn everything he got, Snoop said.

The memorial service featured a photo montage of the rapper’s life and included musical performances by Jhene Aiko and Marsha Ambrosius.

Lauren London, Hussle’s girlfriend, also took the stage and delivered a powerful speech at the memorial service.

“Never was I prepared for anything like this,” she said through tears. “His soul was majestic. He was the strongest man that I ever knew. A gentle father, a patient leader, a divine light.

Read also: Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial Service To Take Place At La’s Staples Center

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