On Thursday afternoon, the city Los Angeles will effectively come to a halt to honor the life one its own: Nipsey Hussle. The rapper, who was murdered last week in front his own clothing store in L.A. — his hometown which he’d dedicated his life and career to uplifting through entrepreneurial and philanthropic work — will be laid to rest today with a public memorial service, the Celebration Life & Legacy Nipsey Hussle. The memorial will begin at the Staples Center at 10 a.m. PT, where thousands are expected to attend after free tickets sold out in minutes; the service will reportedly include a “number performances.” (The last time the Staples Center was used for such an event was in 2009 for Michael Jackson’s memorial service.)
Immediately following the service, there will be a 25.5-mile funeral procession that’ll pass through downtown Los Angeles, Inglewood, South L.A., and Watts — all the locations essential to Hussle’s life, including the Marathon Clothing store where he was ultimately gunned down. (That intersection, Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue, will ficially be renamed Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, the city council has announced.) The procession will conclude at Angelus Funeral Home in the Crenshaw district; the Nation Islam will provide security along the way.
For those who could not secure a ticket or will not be in the area, there are a number ways to watch the memorial service from home. The event will air live on BET commercial-free (as well as on their site and BET News’ Facebook page), and will stream on Tidal (no subscription required) and CBS’s YouTube channel, below. All coverage begins at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.