The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York — home to the Brooklyn Nets — housed a celebration in honor of the late rapper. The sound of Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir filled the arena with a melody of hope and sadness as his loved ones grieved his passing.
Members of the Ruff Ryders music label, including Eve, Swizz Beatz and Drag-On paid their respect to their friend. “Thank you for the energy that everyone has brought here today, the celebration of how great we all know DMX was, [and] what he has left behind,” Eve stated during the memorial’s live stream, on the verge of tears. “This is so hard, y’all. He will rest in power, rest in love, but most of all he will rest in peace.”
DMX's family, including several of his children, took the stage to give speeches — and even perform songs — in honor of the Earl Simmons they knew and loved. One of his young daughters delivered her own re-worked take on his hit tune "Slippin'." She turned it into a moving testimonial to her late father, who's helped her in "growing” and “learning to hold my head up."
"Sometimes when I feel sad and weak, I can still hear him speak / By all means, I'mma do what's right / Even in the dark, I'mma be the light / I can do it even when I'm feeling sad / You all call him DMX, I call him Dad," she rapped.
The "Party Up (Up in Here)" rapper died on April 9, one week after being hospitalized due to an alleged overdose. The 50-year-old singer was hospitalized in grave condition on April 2 after suffering a heart attack at his home around 11 p.m., OK! reported.
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Due to the pandemic, the crowd was limited to about 200 people inside the arena for the service.
Family, famous friends and fans gathered at the Barclays Center on Saturday April, 24, to honor the legacy of the beloved rapper.
DMX's loved ones surrounded his young daughter as she sang at her late father's memorial service.
The "Rough Ryders" carried the casket from outside the arena to its place inside the Barclays Center.
Fans honored DMX's legacy with flowers and by playing his music outside the service.
The rapper's motorcycle group called the ''Rough Riders'' escorted his casket from Yonkers N.Y. to the Barclays Center while a Monster truck carried it on the back of the vehicle.
Fans of the beloved actor and rapper stood outside the Barclays Center to honor his memory.