Nipsey Hussle’s death has left a huge impact on the world.
As fans, friends, and family continue to mourn the loss of Los Angeles rapper, his mother, Angelique Smith, shared a video message, encouraging them to keep the faith and stay strong.
In an almost nine-minute video posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Angelique Smith said death is not something to be feared and described how Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, looked after he was fatally shot outside his clothing store Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles on March 31.
“I have perfect peace, and I have strength, and I want to lift you up,” she said in a video that was shared on Jai Yew’s Facebook page.
“Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn. Because Nipsey is great […] and now he’s even greater because he has no bounds and limits. His energy is everywhere. He’s there with you now and he’s here with me now. And pleased be encouraged.”
Smith said her son, who was a community advocate for his native South Los Angeles and renowned for his kindness, appeared beautiful and peaceful after his death.
Smith also told fans to not fear death. Instead, they should live their lives to the fullest and focus on leading by example, just as her son had done prior to his death.
“When you walk this earth and you do good deeds for people, and you are loving and kind, those are the things that will show on your face. You will look more beautiful. Ermias looked healthy, he looked clean, he had a glow.” she said.
“He did not look scary. He did not look like he was shot. None of the trauma … the way that he left this earth, none of that showed on his face. He looked like a radiant, clean, beautiful light being. Nothing negative,” she continued.
“Death is just the beginning of a wonderful world. And I tell myself, Ermias liked thrilling things. And now my son knows the mystery—the secret, rather, to the mystery of life,” she added.
Police said they believe the shooting was related to a personal dispute, not to gang rivalries. Nipsey Hussle’s alleged assailant, Eric Ronald Holder, was charged on April 4 with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Two others with Hussle were also wounded in the shooting. Holder has pleaded not guilty. Hussle died from gunshot wounds to his head and torso, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
A memorial will be held for the Grammy-nominated rapper on Thursday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.