Fans lined the streets as the red coffin of DMX, born Earl Simmons, was carried on a monster truck that had “Long Live DMX” written on the side. The Monster Truck played DMX songs and followed a procession called “The Ruff Ryders 2 The Rescue: Ryde 4 Life” that started in Yonkers and made its way to the Barclays Center Arena in Brooklyn.
DMX, 50, died on April 9th after a heart attack that made him life support for days.
The memorial, which aired online and was only visited by family members and close friends due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions, began shortly after 6 p.m. As the ceremony began, Desiree Lindstrom, his fiancée from DMX, and his 15 children joined the red coffin on stage and shared the late rapper’s love for Jesus and his fans.
“Today is very difficult for me and my family … but one thing that keeps me going is knowing that my son and I have just won an amazing angel, my fiancé and Exodus father … Earl Simmons …! I will do it forever I love you and you will always be in my heart! “Wrote Lindstrom in a tribute to her fiancé on Instagram.
One of his older sons tearfully read a laudatory speech, and one of his young daughters played a rap that she wrote for the occasion. Another young son read a poem in which he remembered DMX as “the best father anyone could ever wish for”.
DMX’s daughter Sonovah Junior played an original rap in homage to her father.
“He taught me to be strong, but it’s okay to be scared because sometimes it shows you how to be brave,” knocked Junior. “My brothers and sisters, we all stand together, throw up the X, papa forever.”
Rapper and actor Nas paid his respects on stage in a moving tribute to DMX.
“We did a great movie together. And in that movie he was just rising to the star. His first album didn’t even come out, but he knew his journey was about to begin,” said Nas. “We were standing in front of the Tunnel Night Club to film a scene and he looked at me with tears in his eyes because he knew the journey he was going to take to become a hip-hop icon. “
Members of the Ruff Ryder entertainment collective, which DMX was a part of, followed Nas on stage. Speakers included rappers Eve, Swiss Beats and Jadakiss, who said he would “not be shit without (DMX).”
Members of the Kanye West Sunday Service Choir sang hymns during the 90-minute service.