(AllHipHop News) Stevie Wonder used his tribute appearance at Nipsey Hussle's Los Angeles memorial to call for stricter gun laws as he mourned the tragic rapper's "unnecessary" death.
The soul legend graced the stage at the Staples Center arena on Thursday and addressed the more than 18,000 fans there to honor the MC, less than two weeks after he was gunned down outside his Hyde Park clothing store.
Before launching into his performance, Stevie recalled having the "pleasure" of once meeting Nipsey, whom he remembered as "such a great young man," and expressed his grief at losing him to gun violence at just 33.
"It is a heartbreak to again lose a member of our family... because it's so unnecessary," the blind musician told the crowd. "We, to be a civilized nation, a civilized world, are still living in a time where ego, anger, (and) jealousy is controlling our lives.
"It is so painful to know that we don't have enough people taking a position that says, 'Listen, we must have stronger gun laws'. It's unacceptable. It's almost like the world is becoming blind."
Stevie shared his hope that lawmakers would take a stand to "make it so very hard for people to have guns and to take their frustrations out to kill life," citing Nipsey's own anti-violence activism as motivation.
"I hope that we don't just talk about it, but we be about it to make a difference for our future," he added.