Days before the rapper's public memorial service, Angelique Smith appeared on camera to reassure fans she has remained strong in wake of the tragedy, and would like his fans to do the same.
"I have perfect peace, and I have strength, and I want to lift you up," she said in a video shared on Jai Yew's Facebook page. "Please do not stay down, do not stay stuck, do not mourn. Because Nipsey is great [...] and now he's even greater because he has no bounds and limits. His energy is everywhere. He's there with you now and he's here with me now. And pleased be encouraged."
Smith went on to say that we should not waste any time fearing death, and instead focus on living good lives—just as her son, birth name Ermias Joseph Asghedom, had done.
"When you walk this earth and you do good deeds for people, and you are loving and kind, those are the things that will show on your face. You will look more beautiful," Smith said. Ermias looked healthy, he looked cleaned, he had a glow, he was radiant. And he was so perfect he had a sweet aroma [...] he even smelled good."
She continued: "Death is just the beginning of a wonderful world. And I tell myself, Ermias liked thrilling things. And now my son knows the mystery—the secret, rather, to the mystery of life."
Nipsey was fatally shot March 31 outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. His suspected killer, Eric Holder, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of firearm possession by a felon. He will face up to life in prison if convicted on all charges.