Long live X.
Less than three months after DMX passed away, his life and legacy were celebrated at the BET Awards 2021 on Sunday (June 27). Method Man and X’s Ruff Ryders family started the 6-minute homage with an a cappella version of “Get at Me Dog” before Griseldas Westside Gunn, Benny the Butcher and Conway the Machine took the stage to present their DMX Perform collaboration. Hood Blues “and” Where the Hood At? “
While DMX family members in the audience watched, Michael K. Williams channeled the Yonkers legend while reciting lyrics from his classic “Slippin ‘”. “I’m slipping, I’m falling, I can’t get up,” said the “The Wire” actor.
DMX colleagues Ruff Ryders including Swizz Beatz and The Lox’s Jadakiss, Styles P and Sheek Louch then performed for “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” before Busta Rhymes ended with a lively performance of “Party Up (Up In Here)” a prayer from DMX themselves as the crowd at the Microsoft Theater in LA raised their Xs.
The rap icon died of a heart attack in April at the age of 50. The posthumous album from DMX Exodus was released last month with JAY-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, Usher, and Snoop Dogg.
Check out the touching tribute below.