Late rap icon DMX’s public memorial is happening in the coming days. Fans of the hip-hop heavyweight will have a chance to pay final respect to him at a New York public memorial.
DMX’s Public Memorial Is Happening
According to reports, the emotional event is slated to go down at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. However, COVID-19 restrictions could ultimately keep the April 24th memorial from reaching full capacity.
A private funeral service will take place the following day at a New York City-area church, TMZ also reported. DMX’s family chose Barclays Center over an invitation from Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano to hold the memorial in DMX’s home county at Yonkers Raceway. Since his death, vigils have popped up around New York, in addition to the outpouring of in memoriam posts online. About a thousand people attended a vigil in the rapper’s hometown on April 14. (Variety)
DMX’s First Posthumous Song Premieres
A new track called “Been to War” featuring the late New York star as well as French Montana has premiered online. It’s the first posthumous music featuring DMX, who the production superstar was very close to.
The song appears on the soundtrack to the second season of Godfather of Harlem, which premieres April 18th. The show stars Forest Whitaker as a real-life Sixties gangster named Bumpy Johnson, and the hard-hitting song sees DMX and French Montana trading verses about the gangster’s work alongside Beatz’s smoother vocals. The lyrics evoke the plot of new episodes, which involve drug smuggling. (Rolling Stone)
JAY-Z + Beyoncé Did Not Buy Masters
Shortly after the death last week of the hip-hop legend, a rumor surfaced on social media that his old friend JAY-Z and Beyoncé bought his masters and handed them over to his children. The late rapper’s family has come forward to clear the air on those claims.
Wherever the story came from that JAY-Z and Beyoncé purchased X’s master recordings after his death, it’s not true. The Ruff Ryders icon’s family released a statement addressing that and other rumors that have been floating around since the 50-year-old artist’s death on April 9.
“There have been a few rumors following our loved one, Earl Simmons’, passing that we’d like to clear up. No one has bought Earl’s masters. Additionally, we are not selling any merch or raising money for Earl’s funeral. If anyone is requesting for money for his funeral please be aware the person is a scammer. We will keep the public posted on funeral/memorial service arrangements.”
DMX’s Fiancée Remembers Him W/ Tattoo
DMX’s fiancée Desiree Lindstorm is permanently keeping him close-by. She has inked a remembrance tattoo onto her body to honor their bond. A new pic is circulating online showing tattoo artist Krystal Kills‘ dedication ink. KK also issued a statement on just how special and meaningful the ink is.
“I feel honored to be able to do this memorial but also saddened. Your light was unmatchable. 🙏🏽 @desi123love I pray you find your way through these dark times, and remember the love you had for each other will forever be untethered. I’m glad I got to witness it. The world lost an icon but also a great father. Praying for your family. REST IN POWER DMX. Thanks for inspiring us, and giving Yonkers a voice. 🕊🙏🏽 You moved the world and left your mark. 🙅🏽♀️ The city misses you. #doglove#dmx#ripdmx#ruffryders“