This past Sunday, Kanye West honored Kobe Bryant during a midnight Sunday Service in Los Angeles after the world learned of his tragic death. The guests that were in attendance included Kirk Franklin that performed a heartfelt spoken word, while Chance The Rapper performed his verse on “Ultralight Beam”.
During the service, Kanye freestyled a verse in honor of the late NBA legend. “When I was driving home, they was pinning your jersey on the freeway and I just broke down,” he sang.
“If Kobe was here, he’d maybe grab the mic / If Kobe was here, he here tonight,” said a saddened Kanye.
Kanye tweeted a tribute to Kobe as well. West tweeted, “Kobe, We love you brother.” “We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.”
Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian West also shared her condolences. “My heart is so heavy,” she tweeted. “No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it. I am praying for the Bryant family, the Altobelli family and the families of all who perished in this unthinkable tragedy. Rest In Peace Legend.”
Kanye West attended Kobe Bryant’s last day playing in the NBA in 2016 at his final L.A. Lakers Game. He brought Mamba Day-themed Merch that read “I feel like Kobe” on the front and “Greatest of All Time” on the back.
Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers this past Sunday. There were a long list of celebrities that paid tribute on social media including Drake, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars, and Barack Obama.