Lauren London, Hussle’s partner, thanked the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for “honoring a visionary” and hoped people would find inspiration from Hussle’s star.London continued: “That doesn’t mean forgetting where you come from but it requires acknowledging the reality you were born into and the power you have to change that reality for the better.”Lupita Sanchez Cornejo, chairperson of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, praised the Grammy Award-winner as a successful recording artist, entrepreneur and community activist.”The Hollywood Walk of Fame is honored to remember Nipsey Hussle (and) his legacy today on what would have been his 37th birthday,” Sanchez Cornejo said, followed by a chorus of spectators singing “Happy Birthday” to the Crenshaw native.
California state assembly member Isaac Bryan, Isaiah Thomas, YG, Roddy Ricch and Russell Westbrook pose with Hussle’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.London hopes that anyone who sees Hussle’s name on the star is “encouraged” to break free from obstacles that stand in way “and for you to run your marathon till God says that it is finished.”Other attendees at the ceremony included rapper Big Boi, NBA player Isaiah Thomas, “The Box” rapper Roddy Ricch, Los Angeles Lakers player Russell Westbrook, Hussle collaborator YGand California state assembly member Isaac Bryan.Story continuesNipsey Hussle remembered: New biography of late rapper is as celebratory as it is heartbreaking
(L-R) Dawit Asghedom, Kross Ermias Asghedom, Margaret Boutte, Samantha Smith and Emani Asghedom stand alongside Nipsey Hussle’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.Hussle’s family members, including his sister, Samantha Smith, father Dawit Asghedom and grandmother Margaret Boutte, shared touching tributes during the ceremony.”Nipsey was the love of my life, always very respectful,” Boutte said. “I miss him but I look at his picture and remember all the wonderful times we had together. … He will never be gone in my heart. He lives forever.”This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Nipsey Hussle gets Walk of Fame star, Lauren London tribute