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Rapper Nipsey Hussle mourned by Las Vegas community

Posted at 11:44 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 02:54:40-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Balloons honoring the memory of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle were released into the air to the sounds of "Last time I Checked.” a song Hussle released last year, during a memorial in Las Vegas.

"If you didn’t find anything learned from his music then I don't know what you were listening to. You weren’t listening to the Nipsey Hussle that I listen to,” said community activist Morgan Harris.

Harris helped organize a candlelight ceremony held outside the Clark County Community Resource Center near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Carey Avenue Thursday night.

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Harris, like so many other fans across the country, said he admired the transition Hussle made from gang member to entrepreneur and community activist.

With a statue of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Junior looming over the crowd of mostly young people; Harris encouraged them to listen to lyrics in Hussle's songs as intently as they move to the beat.

"He had a message in every song,” said Harris. “Every song. And now when you play it back, it hits you even harder than when he was here.”

Harris who talked of his meeting with Hussle in Los Angeles said Hussle left a legacy in his work and music that people in Las Vegas can use as an example of how to improve their communities.

“Of course we are going to be sad,” said Harris. ”And we are going to mourn and feel bad. But his mission was accomplished. He left us that blueprint, and we go to pick it up.”