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Remembering DMX: Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir Performs as Nas, Eve, Swizz Beatz Speak at Memorial

DMX died on April 10, just days after suffering a heart attack at his home

DMX’s legacy will live on forever.

On Saturday, fans gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and around the world via YouTube live streaming to celebrate life at the public memorial of Earl Simmons, the rap legend better known as DMX . Photos outside the arena showed crowds of fans honoring the late rapper, with one driving a monster truck adorned with the words “Long Live DMX”. Following behind the truck, dozens of motorcycles drove through the streets of Brooklyn.

Facing the gathered fans was a sign at the Barclays Center with a DMX quote from the song “Fame” – “Each of us has a star, all we have to do is find it. After doing that, everyone who sees it will stay blind, “read.

Capacity inside the place where he last performed was limited to 10 percent due to the pandemic and only family and close friends will be allowed to enter. Meanwhile, fashion brand Balenciaga collaborated with Kanye West’s Yeezy to create a T-shirt in honor of DMX with the $ 200 shirt’s net revenue benefiting the artist’s family, according to a post on his Instagram page.

DMX memorial
CREDIT: DMX/YOUTUBE
DMX memorial
CREDIT: DMX/YOUTUBE

Inside the Barclays Center, West and his Sunday Service choir kicked off the memorial with several songs before the DMX family, including his fiancee Desiree Lindstrom and the late artist’s children, appeared on stage with the group of singers.

“Rest in DMX paradise. Nice moving performance from Ye and his Sunday service chorus,” tweeted Khloé Kardashian. Images of DMX leading a prayer at the West’s Sunday Service at Easter 2019 during Coachella’s weekend were also aired during the ceremony.

Nas, who co-starred in films and collaborated on several songs with DMX, also spoke during the ceremony, calling the late artist a “longtime friend” and “hip-hop icon” and saying to the crowd, “It’s an honor. to be here tonight, but at the same time, it’s a sad day. It’s a glorious day. I just want to say that I’m honored to be here. “

DMX Memorial

Eve, known as the first lady of the Ruff Ryders, shared a few words while standing next to Swizz Beatz. “I am seriously the luckiest and luckiest woman in the world for having been adopted by the Ruff Ryders, but for having met DMX the way I met him as a man, a father, a friend. This is so difficult for you. I pray, what I hope, I pray to God, I pray to our angels, our ancestors, that his journey has been smooth. I know he will rest in power. peace. “

During his tribute speech, Beatz also noted, “Thank you, my brother Kanye, for this incredible setup.”

In the closing credits, West and DMX manager Steven Rifkind were nominated as part of Swizz Beatz Production, which orchestrated the memorial.

Earlier in the day, Lindstrom paid tribute to DMX with a picture of her posing with her 4-year-old son, Exodus. “Today is very difficult for me and my family … but one thing that keeps me going is knowing that my son and I have just won an incredible angel, my fiance and Exodus’s father … Earl Simmons ..!” she wrote next to the photo on Instagram. “I will love you forever and you will always be in my heart!”

The celebration of life comes two weeks after the rapper died at the age of 50 after a heart attack and was put on life support devices for several days.

“Earl was a warrior who fought to the end. He loved his family with all his heart and we value the time we spent with him,” said his family in a statement at the time. “Earl’s music has inspired countless fans around the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all the love and support during this incredibly difficult period.”

DMX memorial
CREDIT: JASON SZENES/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTOCK
DMX memorial
CREDIT: JASON SZENES/EPA-EFE/SHUTTERSTOCK

After his death, a number of artists and close family members shared their condolences and paid tribute to the deceased star.

“It’s a huge [loss],” Alicia Keys – whose husband Swizz Beatz was incredibly close to DMX – told People. “It is always difficult to say goodbye, especially too early and to someone you love. My husband has definitely done very well just talking about how he feels and talking about it with children and even on his social networks.”

“My brother was a different kind of brother. A different kind of artist. A different kind of creative. Different kind of soul,” said Beatz in an Instagram video. “From the day I met him, he lived his life for everyone else. I never saw him live his life for himself.”

DMX’s ex-wife Tashera Simmons also posted a reminder to the rapper after news of his death on Saturday, sharing old photos on Instagram to mark his 50th birthday.

“Happy 50th birthday to me. 😢💔 With a lot of prayer, pulling. Crying and a roller coaster of emotions. I couldn’t just celebrate and end the last 50 years of my life without celebrating the life of one of you more person important in the world for me, my ex-husband “, she wrote on Instagram.

Lindstrom previously shared a sweet tribute to the late rapper.

“The first night we met and you hugged me. I knew you would never let me go. I was lost in you and nothing else mattered. My best friend, my baby, my love … truly my everything,” he wrote her on Instagram next to a photo of the couple together.

DMX
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“Thank you for us. Thank you for Exodus,” she added, referring to her son. “Thank God for Earl Simmons … forever X.”

Born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, DMX released 15 megahit songs from the Billboard Hot 100, including “Party Up (Up In Here)”, which reached number 27 on the list and stayed on the charts for 21 weeks. Their collaborative song “Money, Power, Respect” with The Lox and Lil ‘Kim reached 17th place and stayed on the charts for 20 weeks.

DMX has also appeared in 15 films, including Belly, Fast and Fierce: Death Race and Romeo Must Die – the latter alongside Jet Li and fellow hitmaker Aaliyah (who died in 2001 at the age of 22).

DMX leaves his mother Arnett Simmons, his brothers, his children and their mothers.

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