Nipsey Hussle Memorial To Air Live On Tidal, BET: Tickets Were Gone In 20 Minutes
The memorial service for Nipsey Hussle is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon PDT on Thursday, April 11, following the shooting death of the beloved hip-hop artist and community builder in front of his Los Angeles clothing store.
Tidal plans to stream the memorial for the public, no subscription required. BET will also air the funeral live and commercial-free.
Free tickets at the 21,000-seat Staples Center in Los Angeles were gone within 20 minutes of being posted online. Some of the ticket holders quickly put their tickets on sale at eBay and Craigslist, but those have been shut down, TMZ reported.
The website for the downtown arena said tickets would be available at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9 for Nipsey Hussle’s Celebration of Life. Tickets were originally distributed by AXS and were free for people with a California zip code, according to The Source.
Four tickets sold for $400 on eBay, according to the LA Times. Craigslist reported that it has removed or flagged ads selling tickets to the memorial.
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Hussle, 33, was the father of two. Two days after his March 31 death, Eric R. Holder Jr. was arrested and charged with murder. Holder pleaded not guilty.
After the memorial service, there will be a 25-mile funeral procession through the Los Angeles cities and neighborhoods of Inglewood, South Los Angeles and Watts. The procession will begin at Staples Center, pass the Marathon Clothing store where Hussle was shot and end at the funeral home in the Crenshaw district.
A petition that garnered 488,123 names and counting called for an intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue to be renamed in Hussle’s honor. It will be renamed Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom Square, Global News reported.
“Nipsey was loved by so many in the community. He wanted to make an impact in the community by informing people about ownership and the importance of working together as a race,” wrote one of the petition signers at Change.org. “Unfortunately he was gunned down and killed. We must end gun violence and protect one another.”