Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman commemorates Nipsey Hussle on House floor

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday commemorated the late rapper Nipsey Hussle from the House floor, saying he "used the platform he created with his music to lift our community as he climbed."

Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassCBC marks 400th anniversary of slaves' arrival in US Senate could protect girls from sexual exploitation — but will it? King incites furor with abortion, rape and incest remarks MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, added that Hussle "had a sole purpose of bettering the community" and said he will be remembered "as an inspiration."

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"His business ventures, his investments, his philanthropy, his community engagement — every step of the way, he had a sole purpose of bettering the community he came from. A humble visionary, he saw the overlooked and welcomed the dismissed. He reminded our community that the power we hold is the power of where we come from and that the awareness of that power can never be taken from us," Bass said.

"He will be remembered by South Los Angeles as a protector, as an inspiration, as a father, as a brother and as an unabashed son of South Los Angeles. For all he was given, he gave back. And for that legacy, South Los Angeles has been changed forever," she continued. 

Bass represents California's 37th Congressional district, which includes South Los Angeles, where Hussle lived. 

The rapper was shot to death last week outside of his clothing store in South Los Angeles.