Nipsey Hussle’s mother Angelique Smith took to the stage to honor her son at the 2019 BET Awards held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night (June 23).
Joining his mother were Nip’s grandmother, father, Lauren London and his three children, Smith accepted his posthumous Humanitarian Award.
During her speech, the late greats mother recounted the moment she showed up to the Marathon Clothing Store on Slauson and Crenshaw, the very spot where Nip was shot and killed on March 31 of this year.
Angelique Smith went into detail on the conversation she had with a police officer that was on the scene and revealed she’d had a spiritual experience before leaving the crime scene.
“One of Ermias’s close friends was very traumatized,” Smith says. “I walked over to him and put my hands on his shoulder, and I told him, ‘Evan, look into my eyes, Evan.’ I said, ‘You know that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, right Evan? You understand that, right?’ So even though our bodies die, as they call it on this side of eternity, our spirits lives.
“We lift out of this vessel and we continue on, and then I felt a spirit of retribution and revenge when I had my hands on his shoulder and I had to talk .. I was 100 percent present in the spirit and 100 percent absent in the body until I felt that spirit of retribution and revenge … I could tell I chased those spirits away from him.”
Along with his family’s heartfelt words the tribute would later continue with the stellar performance starting with Marsha Ambrosius and moving on to YG who performed his Nipsey Hussle Collab “Last Time That I Checked“. Closing out the tribute performances would be Dj Khaled and John Legend and their song”Higher.”