As Nipsey Hussle’s family prepare for the homegoing service of the beloved rap star, his mother, Angelique Smith has taken to social media to share some empowering words of encouragement for those still mourning her son’s death.
Smith urges fans to “not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn. Because Nipsey is great […] and now he’s even greater because his energy is everywhere.”
She wants those still reeling from his murder to know that Nipsey is “with you now and he’s here with me now” so “pleased be encouraged.”
Most importantly, Smith doesn’t believe we should waste time fearing death. Instead, focus on living a good life and spreading love, just as her son did.
“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,” Smith says.
Her son, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, “looked healthy, he looked cleaned, he had a glow, he was radiant. And he was so perfect he had a sweet aroma […] he even smelled good,” she explains in the clip.
Adding, “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.”
Hussle, 33, was gunned down earlier this month outside his Marathon Clothing Company store in south Los Angeles. The suspected gunman, Eric Ronald Holder Jr., was apprehended after a 48-hour manhunt. He is currently being held on $5 million bond after being charged with murder and attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment last week. Holder is being represented by famed attorney Christopher Darden, best for the O.J. Simpson double-murder case.
A public memorial will be held for Nipsey on Thursday at the Staples Center. Complimentary tickets for the event were sold out in less than an hour on Tuesday morning.