Family, friends and musical icons gathered to pay tribute to DMX at the late rapper’s memorial service in Brooklyn, New York over the weekend.
The memorial service, dubbed DMX: A Celebration of Life, was held at the Barclays Center on April 24. It was attended by the likes of Nas, Swizz Beatz, the Ruff Ryders and Kanye West, who performed with his Sunday Service Choir.
West and the gospel choir opened the ceremony with arrangements of Soul II Soul’s “Keep on Movin,” The Clark Sisters’ “You Brought the Sunshine,” “Jesus Loves Me” and their original song, “Excellent.”
Later on, DMX’s young daughter, Sonovah, performed a song she wrote to her father’s 1999 hit, “Slippin.’”
“I’m growing, I’m learning, to hold my head up / My daddy’s still holding my hand, so I gotta stand up,” she rhymed over the track’s familiar beat. “I never give up, I give it my all / ’Cause I know I’m big, even though I look small / Lookin’ at my daddy’s picture on the wall / My brothers and sisters, we all stand together / Throw up the X, daddy forever.”
Prior to the ceremony, DMX went on his last ride with the Ruff Ryders biker group as his red casket was carried through the streets of Yonkers and Brooklyn atop a huge monster truck. Scores of motorcyclists, many of whom also shared their support for X while he was in the hospital earlier this month, joined the ride.
DMX taking his last ride through NYC pic.twitter.com/wIqrApTqDq
— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2BIog) April 24, 2021
DMX memorial at Barclays: thousands of bikes and his casket in a monster truck. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/VDeeYS76M5
— Sarah! (@SarahisSorry) April 24, 2021
Watch performances by West’s Sunday Service Choir and DMX’s daughter at his Celebration of Life memorial service below.