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New York State Declares December 18 "Earl 'DMX' Simmons Day"

After a resolution introduced by Senator Jamaal Bailey, New York state has officially declared December 18 - the birthday of DMX - "Earl 'DMX' Simmons Day."

The announcement was made at the rapper's memorial service over the weekend by Life Camp co-founder Erica Ford. She was joined by community activist Priscilla Echi, who confirmed Senate Resolution 631 was introduced to the New York Senate floor last week.

"His lyrics were rapped on the Senate floor by Senator Jamaal Bailey who introduced a resolution in his honor," Echi shared. "He also has proclamations from Mayor Spano and Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard."

Senator Bailey also shared a eulogy for DMX while introducing the resolution:

“In New York we have our own hip hop royalty. He’s the Earl of Westchester County. He is DMX, he is one of the greatest hip hop artists that we will ever know. Phenomenal actor, phenomenal for the culture. Someone who gave us so much in the hip hop generation. As a kid whose been raised by hip hop, I am grateful not just for the accomplishments that DMX has given, but I’m more happy about the impact that Earl Simmons left on the world. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.”

DMX's memorial service at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, called "DMX: A Celebration of Life," saw an outpouring of tributes and emotional performances. Kanye West opened the event with his Sunday Service Choir, singing Soul II Soul’s "Keep On Movin," The Clark Sisters’ "You Brought The Sunshine," the hymn "Jesus Loves Me," and their original song "Excellent." West also performed at DMX's private funeral the day after.

Other performers included Nas, Eve, and Swizz Beatz. DMX’s 12-year-old daughter Sonovah rapped a version of her father’s song "Slippin," from his album Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. In a tribute, DMX’s eldest son Xavier Simmons said “our father is a king, our father is an icon.”

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Article Image: DMX performing in Moscow in 2014. (hurricanehank via DepositPhotos.)

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