Following the untimely death of rap legend DMX on Friday, April 9, several artists offered their condolences and paid tribute to the 90's icon over social media.
DMX died at the age of 50 after being hospitalized for a week due to a heart attack. The rapper, who was born Earl Simmons, will be commemorated at a memorial with more details to come soon.
“He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” Simmons's family said in a statement. “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.”
On Saturday, April 10th, Swizz Beatz posted an emotional video to Instagram paying his respects to DMX. He talked about Simmons's humility, loyalty, and even shared the details of a dream he had about DMX the day after the rapper's passing.
"This man had $30 million, writing his music in abandoned buildings. He would give his clothes away. He would sit down with homeless people and eat with them, with $30m in the bank! He didn't care about no money," Swizz Beatz told viewers. "He cared about humanity. He was a humanitarian. He did more charity than probably every artist I know. The only difference with his charity is he never talked about it. He just did it, on a daily basis."
In addition to Swizz Beatz, DMX's former protégé Eve joined Missy Elliott, Questlove, Q-Tip, Nas, DJ Khaled, Talib Kweli, Killer Mike, 2 Chainz, M.I.A., and many more in honoring the legendary rapper.
See a selection of tributes and memories below.
Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZI9NI6Nslg— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) April 9, 2021
God bless the dead. 🕊 God protect the living. ⚔️ https://t.co/fe7S9UUwIf— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) April 9, 2021
DMX. 💖😔💖🕊️ Saddest news. ✝️ Sending love and respect to his FAM FANS AND FRIENDS.— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) April 9, 2021
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