Remembering Nipsey Hussle

2:28 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

Former president Barack Obama sends letter of condolence

Karen Civil, Nipsey Hussle's longtime friend, social media and marketing strategist, read a letter from former President Barack Obama.

In the letter, the former president said he knew of the rapper's music because of his daughters.

He praised the social activist for lifting up and investing in his South Los Angeles community.

"He set an example for young people to follow and is a legacy worthy to follow," Obama wrote.

2:30 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

Frank Sinatra's "My Way" plays to moving tribute

Mourners got a glimpse into Nipsey Hussle's life with moving tribute showing photos of the slain rapper.

Frank Sinatra's "My Way" played as photos of Nipsey were displayed on a large screen during the service.

Here are a few of the photos shown during the tribute:

2:04 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

A true celebration from the beginning

The memorial service for Nipsey Hussle kicked off with a DJ and a live band in a musical tribute to the slain rapper.

Songs including his hit "Victory Lap" were played.

"It's a victory baby," DJ Battlecat yelled to those gathered. "The marathon continues!"

"The Marathon" is the name of Nipsey's mixtape released in 2010.

1:59 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

Here's the order of service for Nipsey Hussle's memorial

1:52 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

Stevie Wonder, Jhene Aiko, Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosius set to perform

Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET
Maury Phillips/Getty Images for BET

According to a program obtained by CNN, the farewell to Nipsey Hussle will be star-studded.

The legendary singer Stevie Wonder is set to perform.

His appearance is fulfillment of something the rapper apparently wanted for his service.

In his 2016 song “Ocean Views,” Hussle mentioned Wonder and described how he wanted to be remembered after his death.

"My precedures, stay crackin 'til my life's low / Then when I die, blue rag around my rifle / Hundred-thousand in my coffin, that's just life though / Play a Stevie Wonder song, smoke some flight, bro / Crack a pint of Actavis then pour in some Sprite, bro / Until that day I'm walking toward what's in my sights, though."

Singers Jhené Aiko, Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosius are also set to pay tribute to the artist who was gunned down March 31 in Los Angeles near a clothing store he owned. 

1:42 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

SOON: Nipsey Hussle memorial service to begin

Just a quick programming note: The memorial service was scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET but it appears they're slightly behind schedule. When it does begin, you should see it in the video player above. If you don't see the live stream (which currently shows an image of Nipsey), please refresh the page.

12:50 p.m. ET, April 11, 2019

Nipsey Hussle rapped about what he wanted for his funeral in a 2016 song

Before he was killed, Nipsey Hussle had already foreseen his funeral.

The rapper, who was born Ermias Asghedom, offered some lyrics in his 2016 song “Ocean Views” which described how he wanted to be remembered after his death.

"My precedures, stay crackin 'til my life's low / Then when I die, blue rag around my rifle / Hundred-thousand in my coffin, that's just life though / Play a Stevie Wonder song, smoke some flight, bro / Crack a pint of Actavis then pour in some Sprite, bro / Until that day I'm walking toward what's in my sights, though."

The "blue rag" would be symbolic of Hussle's affiliation with the Rollin 60's, a Los Angeles gang that is a part of the Crips -- something he didn't shy away from talking about.

His rise from the gang life to that of Grammy-nominated rap artist helped fuel his devotion to giving back to his community via entrepreneurship and activism.