Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, YG & other Coachella artists honor Nipsey Hussle, Mac Miller with emotional tributes

In the wake of Nipsey Hussle's death last month and Mac Miller's death last September, a number of high profile performers used their time on stage at Coachella to pay tribute to the late artists.

On Saturday, Kid Cudi and Donald Glover, performing as Childish Gambino, reflected on the tragedies during separate performances, with Cudi dedicated the last song of his set, "Pursuit of Happiness," to the rappers.

"This next one, I wanna dedicate this to Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle," Cudi declared, before asking the crowd to sing along "as loud as y'all can."

Meanwhile, Gambino addressed Hussle and Miller's deaths -- as well as his own father's passing -- in a tearful and powerfully charged speech that ruminated on the nature of mortality and the legacy we choose to leave behind.

"I lost my dad this year, we lost Nipsey, we lost Mac," the artist said, holding back tears. "What I'm starting to realize, all we really have is memories at the end of the day, that's all we are. All we are really is data. You pass onto your kids, you can pass it on to your friends, your family… what I'm saying is while you're here, while we're here, feel something and pass it on."

He also dedicated the song following his speech to "everything we've lost and everything we stand to gain in the future."

Hussle and Miller also got love from Wiz Khalifa, who, like a number of other artists, dedicated their performances to the rappers and called on the crowd to pay their respects.

"The Marathon will always continue my brother... make some noise again for Nipsey Hussle," Khalifa said. "Make some noise for a Pittsburgh legend that we lost, his name is Mac Miller."

On Sunday, YG -- one of Hussle's close friends and honorary pallbearer at the rapper's funeral -- got very emotional remembering his friend, and his set served as a powerful memorial to Hussle's life and legacy.

"We lost one of the greats. A legend. Black Jesus -- yeah, I said it," declared YG, rocking a black vest with an image of Hussle. 

The rapper also called for a six-second moment of silence for his slain friend, and the screens on the massive Sahara Tent featured a video tribute to the rapper, including an animation of Hussle ascending to heaven where he was greeted by an angelic Tupac.

Hussle, who was fatally shot outside his Marathon Clothing Company store in Los Angeles on March 31, was honored with a Celebration of Life memorial event at the Staples Center last Thursday, and was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles on Friday.

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Fuck. My whole energy is just at a low right now hearing this. We just linked for the first time in years and said we were gonna do a new song this summer cause it had been too long. You were having the best run and I was so happy watching from distance fam nobody ever talks down on your name you were a real one to your people and to the rest of us. I’m only doing this here cause I want the world to know I saw you as a man of respect and a don. Rest easy my g.
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! 💔🙏🏿 I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle
RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We fi…
Kim Kardashian
Watching Nipsey inspired me to invest and own in our communities. He was a solid man who loved his woman, his famil…
Just spoke to you, always kept it 1000. Always was real. You’re a 🐐 Rest up young KING. RIP Nipsey
😥😥😥😥😥😥‼️‼️‼️‼️ So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
Gone 2 soon @nipseyhussle I’m so sad right now I’ll just reflect on the good times we had 💙🙏🏽
RIP @NipseyHussle. Madness and Sadness.
I’ll remember him this way. Bright, genuine, forward thinking. I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our commun…
Rolled down my window 12 years ago on Crenshaw & Slauson as you handed me your demo & said “Chuck, don’t frisbee my shit homie... give a young nigga a ear”. From that day to letting you open up for me on tour & us going around the world together, creating a bond & watching your growth to today...... Murdered my friend in front of his own store on a Sunday at that !!! After just talking to you on the phone just last night about the Dr. Sebi documentary, family, the kids & how we were both bout to f&$k the summer up with this music, the world loses a true king. A man that was truly about everything he spoke & stood up for all that he believed in. I keep seeing your name in these headlines bro, but it seems unreal to me.... like, I just cannot believe you gone !!!! I love you..... I’m really broken & saddened by the fact they did this to you SMMFH !!!!! I can only imagine what your family is going through right now... This was not how your life on earth was supposed to end !!!!!!!! They don’t even make friends like you no more...... @nipseyhussle 🙏🏾 & in LA, at his own store ?!?!? A store & business he put there for his people ?!?!? Los Angeles, how we let this happen ?!?!?!?!? I’m ashamed of you right now !!!!! Can’t even live out ya whole life in this city no more... this shit right here is just krazy to me !!!!!!!!!!!! #RestInPeaceNip can’t even fuckin believe it’s actually your name attached to all these REST IN PEACE posts !!!!! SMFH
Broke me.... we really fighting for our lives against our own kind and really have to take risk and match the level…
Real one after real one smh R.I.P Nipsey the solid morals you stood on and your legacy will last 4L!!
You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You…
I’m truly hurt this was one of the good guys ! Sending blessings and love to his family 🙏🏽
Prayers up for @NipseyHussle
God please cover and restore @NipseyHussle right now!!! 🙏🏽🙏🏽
Thoughts and prayers for @NipseyHussle
heartbroken and speechless god bless your beautiful family just spoke about working... a community legend. a humb…
my heart is heavy right now. rest in peace nipsey 💔
God just lost a Son, a son just lost his father, a family just lost their king & hip hop just lost one of their elite. One of the Greatest overall MEN I’ve ever encountered in my life. He was always Leading by example by rebuilding his community. The entire Hip hop community and the World 🌎 is Numb. 🙏🏽🙏🏽
Praying for my boy right now.shit crazy. You’ve come to far for the mission to be stopped .God watch over this brave leader. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾#prayfornipsey😥💔
God damn man....Real emotions and feelings rights now. Fuck man...u have always been a good dude...I’m so sorry...R…
prayers up for nipsey x his family 🙏🏽😔❤️
This one hurts man... Lauren I am so so so sorry!!! RIP Nipsey 🙏🏽
This is so painful! @NipseyHussle was doing great work for the people. Keep his legacy alive by carrying on his wor…
Rest in Love Nipsey. I am an admirer of your wisdom which will now be part of your legacy. My heart bleeds for all those who love him. Stay strong @laurenlondon. He’s an angel on your shoulder now. ❤️
Our hearts are with the loved ones of Nipsey Hussle and everyone touched by this awful tragedy. L.A. is hurt deeply…

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