DMX, the legendary rapper who died of a heart attack on Apr 9, was honoured by family, friends, and key music industry figures at his memorial service on Saturday. The service was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Before the service, DMX, who was 50 when he died, was carried in a red casket during a funeral procession that went from Yonkers, New York, to Brooklyn. The casket was placed on top of a monster truck and had the words “Long Live DMX” painted on its side. The procession was attended by many motorcyclists, most of whom were affiliated with Ruff Ryders Entertainment, the record label of which DMX was a member.
Due to restrictions imposed because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the memorial service was broadcast online. Only DMX’s family and close friends were permitted to attend it in person.
Speaking in tribute to his late father at the memorial service, DMX’s son Xavier said, “Our father is a king. Our father is an icon. I am so honoured to have a father, a father like we have. This man deepened my ability to love.” Xavier also mentioned some of the life lessons and wisdom which DMX had passed down to him. Xavier’s brother Manny, meanwhile, said that “DMX was not just a rapper, he was the best dad ever.”
Rapper and actor Nas, who had worked with DMX on multiple occasions, presented a tribute of his own. “We did a great movie together. And on that movie, he was just rising up as a star. His first album didn’t even come out yet, but he knew his journey was starting,” he said. “We stood outside the Tunnel Night Club about to shoot a scene, and he looked at me, and tears in his eyes, because he knew about the journey he was about to embark on in becoming a hip-hop icon.”
Swizz Beatz, a record producer and rapper who also had close ties to DMX, spoke about the fact that far too few people came to DMX’s aid during his most troubled times. “I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here,” Swizz Beatz said.
“This man needed everybody. He didn’t need everybody when he was not here. He needed everybody when he was here,” he added. “A lot of people ain’t your friends. A lot of people ain’t your family. This is a real-life day-to-day… …I love everybody that really had a love for my brother.”
Other leading figures in the music industry to have attended the memorial service included Jay-Z, Fabolous, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé, A$AP Ferg, Rowdy Rebel, and Bobby Shmurda.
26th April 2021 15:30
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