DMX Homegoing: Watch Rapper's Friends and Children Pay Final Respects

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Who attended DMX funeral?

Lasting five hours at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, to a limited capacity of 2,000 people, Nas, Lil Kim, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, and many others attended the private funeral. It was also livestreamed on BET Network and its YouTube channel. VarietyDMX Funeral Features Moving Speeches From His Ex-Wife and Swizz Beatz

Where is DMX funeral service?

DMX was honored with a celebration of life memorial on Saturday, which was live streamed on DMX's YouTube channel. His homegoing celebration on Sunday began at 2:30 pm ET at Brooklyn's Christian Cultural Center, and was broadcasted live on BET and its YouTube channel. Entertainment TonightDMX's Family Remembers Late Rapper During Private Funeral Service

Did Jay Z Go to DMX funeral?

The star-studded audience included Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Fabolous, Bobby Shmurda, ABoogie, ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes and more, but the only member outside of DMX's biological or musical family that took the stage was Nas, his one-time co-star—dressed, like Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes, in full army fatigues and ... GQ MagazineScenes From DMX’s Barclays Funeral: Sunday Service, Touching Tributes and a Ruff Ryders Reunion

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Swizz Beatz calls out fair-weather friends, fans at DMX memorial

Yahoo News 26 April, 2021 - 06:01am

Thousands of fans descended on downtown Brooklyn Saturday to pay their last respects to the late DMX.

As a large crowd gathered outside the Barclays Center during the memorial, Swizz Beatz had some words for people who only showed up now after the rapper/actor’s passing.

“I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here,” said Beatz, whose real name is Kaseem Dean, when he took the stage to speak before DMX’s family, friends and fellow artists.

“This man needed everybody. He didn’t need everybody when he’s not here; he needed everybody when he was here,” he continued. “We got to learn how to celebrate each other while we’re here.”

DMX, who’s real name was Earl Simmons, died on April 9 at age 50 after suffering a heart attack the week before. Although the arena was closed to the public, the event was live streamed online.

“I don’t want y’all to show up to my sh*t when I’m gone, unless you were showing up while I was here. I want to be sent off with the same love that I had when you were standing next to me,” said Beatz, who produced DMX’s hit song “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.”

Beatz was joined on stage by other members of the Ruff Ryders label, including The Lox and Drag-On. While he spoke about his love for his longtime collaborator and friend, he had some choice words for all of those who weren’t there for the troubled MC during his life.

Beatz went on to say that he’s learned from the commotion surrounding DMX’s death. “The things that I’m witnessing from my brother’s passing, it was a big educational thing for me to learn. I’m glad I got to see it at this age,” he continued. “A lot of people ain’t your friends, a lot of people ain’t your family.”

In addition, Beatz warned those watching that they need to be mindful of the people around them and make provisions against those who would take advantage on them.

“I need everybody to do a will. You have to do your will. You do not want strangers, bloodsuckers handling your business when you’re not here. You want the ones that you love handling your business,” said Beatz, vowing to do right by his late friend and his loved ones.

“I’m going to make sure my brother’s straight. I’m going to make sure my brother’s family is straight, my brother’s kids [are] straight and everybody in here better do the same as well. This is not a fashion show. This not a performance. This is a real life day-to-day,” he said.

DMX and Beatz had a fruitful personal and professional history. They collaborated to make some of the Yonkers, New York rapper’s biggest hits, including “Ruff Ryder’s Anthem,” “Party Up (Up In Here)” and “Get It On The Floor.”

The event was proceeded by a massive procession. DMX’s body in a red casket that featured the Ruff Ryders’ emblem was carried on the back of a large monster truck down Flatbush Avenue towards the Barclays Center. The truck was followed by a large contingent of motorcycles and dirt bikes, a tribute to the “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” music video that introduced both DMX and Swizz Beatz to a mass audience.

Lox member Jadakiss was among those who spoke about his former labelmate, speaking about how DMX had been enjoying his life toward the end.

“Anybody that’s seen him in his last year or two, he was the happiest he ever was in life,” he said.

Included in the memorial was a performance by Kanye West‘s Sunday Service Choir. The choir sang renditions of The Clark Sisters’ “You Brought The Sunshine” as well as gospel versions of Soul II Soul‘s “Back To Life” and “Keep On Moving,” and West’s own “Ultralight Beam.”

A private memorial service for DMX’s close family and friends will take place Sunday.

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DMX's legacy was immortalized as a man beloved by his family, honored for his strong faith and respected as one of hip-hop's greatest icons at his memorial service Saturday, with several heartfelt speeches from those who knew the rapper best. The speakers included friends Swizz Beatz and Nas, as well as his daughter, who rapped in honor of her father. Kanye West and Busta Rhymes were among the big names who attended the two-hour ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York.

DMX got a special send-off from one of his fellow rap legends. The group sported matching crimson sweatsuits and stood in their signature circle while delivering numbers including Soul II Soul’s “Keep on Movin’,” the classic hymn “Jesus Loves Me” and “You Brought Me the Sunshine” by the Clark Sisters.

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One intriguing possibility may lie in the billions of microbes, collectively termed the microbiota, that live on and within our bodies. Preliminary findings reported at the 2020 Gastrointestinal Symposium recently indicated that there may be differences between the microbiota within tumors from younger versus older colorectal cancer patients. Microbes that make up the microbiome affect health in different ways. Kateryna Kon/Shutterstock.com African Americans and colorectal cancer The death of Boseman has also underscored the long-standing racial disparity for colorectal cancer. African Americans suffer from high incidences and mortalities, regardless of age. Incidence in African Americans was 18% higher than in whites during 2012-2016, while mortality was 38% higher during the same period. For reasons we do not yet know, incidence in younger African Americans has been relatively stable in contrast to that in younger whites. Increased incidence and death from colorectal cancer in African Americans is likely a consequence of lower rates of screening, as well as environmental, socioeconomic and lifestyle factors. Reduction of the disparities may depend upon addressing these factors. Screening can prevent colorectal cancer Precancerous growths called polyps can be easily removed during a colonoscopy. Sezer33/Shutterstock.com Screening for colorectal cancer not only detects the disease but is also highly effective in preventing it. Screening can readily identify precancerous growths called polyps, as well as early-stage cancers. These often can be removed before they progress to life-threatening stages. Any of a number of methods for colorectal cancer screening are now available, including colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, imaging and several stool-based tests. In addition, research is underway to find new methods for colorectal cancer screening based upon analysis of easily obtained body fluids such as blood and urine. Based upon the knowledge that about 90% of colorectal cancer cases occurs in those 50 and over, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force currently recommends that screening should begin at age 50 for those who have no predisposing symptoms. This population is experiencing the decrease in colorectal cancer incidence and death that is currently being observed overall. But screening is not typically recommended for those under 50, and most health insurers do not pay for screening in this group. This lack of screening, combined with a general lack of awareness about colorectal cancer and its symptoms among young people can result in late diagnoses. Later diagnoses can often result in more advanced stages of the disease, when it is harder to treat and significantly more lethal. 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As Boseman’s untimely death reminds us, colorectal cancer is a difficult and emotional disease for all people at any age. Awareness of signs and symptoms, along with engagement in screening as appropriate, will lead to the eventual eradication of the disease as a major form of cancer. Editor’s note: This article is an updated version of an article originally published March 26, 2019.This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts. It was written by: Franklin G. Berger, University of South Carolina. Read more:Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer at just 43. Here’s what under 50s need to know about bowel cancerTowards Wakanda – Chadwick Boseman’s passing and the power and limits of AfrofuturismCancer deaths decline in US, with advances in prevention, detection and treatment Franklin G. 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DMX Memorial: Swizz Beatz, Eve and More Reflect on His Legacy at Memorial Service

Yahoo Entertainment 26 April, 2021 - 06:01am

DMX's legacy was immortalized as a man beloved by his family, honored for his strong faith and respected as one of hip-hop's greatest icons at his memorial service Saturday, with several heartfelt speeches from those who knew the rapper best. The speakers included friends Swizz Beatz and Nas, as well as his daughter, who rapped in honor of her father. Kanye West and Busta Rhymes were among the big names who attended the two-hour ceremony at the Barclays Center in New York.

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Nas, Kanye West's Sunday Service, Swizz Beatz, Ruff Ryders and more pay tribute to rapper, friend and father at Barclays Center

Thousands of fans descended on downtown Brooklyn Saturday to pay their last respects to the late DMX. As a large crowd gathered outside the Barclays Center during the memorial, Swizz Beatz had some words for people who only showed up now after the rapper/actor’s passing. “I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here,” said Beatz, whose real name is Kaseem Dean, when he took the stage to speak before DMX’s family, friends and fellow artists.

American rapper and actor Earl Simmons, known by his stage name DMX or Dark Man X, will be mourned by fans around the world in a livestreamed event from Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Saturday. Simmons, 50, died on April 9 after suffering a heart attack a week earlier, which many media outlets initially attributed to a drug overdose. The memorial at the Barclays Center will be closed to the public but will be streamed live on DMX's YouTube account at 4 p.m. ET (2000 GMT).

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DMX died on April 10, just days after suffering a heart attack at his home

On Saturday, Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir paid tribute to DMX with several musical performances at the late rapper’s memorial. At Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the acclaimed gospel group performed for an audience of 1900, opening the service with an arrangement of Soul II Soul’s “Keep On Movin’.” Later on, they would perform “Excellent” (their version […]

Nas, Eve, & Swizz Beatz Pay Tribute to DMX at Brooklyn Memorial

Rap-Up.com 26 April, 2021 - 06:01am

Two weeks after his death, DMX’s family and friends gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Earl Simmons at a memorial at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday (April 24). The 50-year-old rapper’s blood red casket was driven from his hometown of Yonkers to Barclays in a monster truck with the words “Long Live DMX” written on the side, while flanked by hundreds of motorcycles.

DMX’s coffin in route to Barclays on a monster truck #LongLiveDMX pic.twitter.com/SgOxUyLPNw

— Rap-Up (@RapUp) April 24, 2021

The 90-minute ceremony, which streamed live on YouTube, opened with a viral video of DMX and one of his daughters riding the Slingshot roller coaster as he eased her fears. “Daddy’s here,” he said.

In an emotional moment, his 15 children came together to remember their father including Xavier Simmons, DMX’s eldest child, and another one of his daughters, who paid tribute to her dad with a rap in the cadence of X’s 1998 hit “Slippin’.”

“Ayo, I’m learning so much from my father / He taught me life is my story, I’m the author / He taught me to be strong, but it’s OK to be afraid / ‘Cause sometimes it’ll show you how to be brave,” she rapped.

DMX’s daughter has bars for days #DMXFuneral pic.twitter.com/cv5Fwana8I

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 24, 2021

In between tributes from family and friends, Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir honored X’s Christian faith with gospel renditions of Soul II Soul’s “Back to Life,” Whitney Houston’s “Jesus Loves Me,” and the Clark Sisters’ “You Brought the Sunshine,” while gathered around the rapper’s coffin.

Donning army fatigues and Timberlands, Nas reminisced about filming 1998’s Belly with his “longtime friend.” “He looked at me, tears in eyes, because he knew about the journey he was about to embark on, becoming a hip-hop icon,” said Nas.

Nas took the stage to reflect on shooting “Belly” with DMX #DMXFuneral pic.twitter.com/TfTbCiRPtD

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 24, 2021

His Ruff Ryders family took the stage, one by one delivering powerful yet somber tributes including Eve, who recalled “a man, a father, a friend.” “I am seriously the luckiest woman in the world to have been adopted by Ruff Ryders,” said the First Lady of Ruff Ryders.

Eve remembers DMX at his memorial service. #DMXMemorial pic.twitter.com/2GrnQVV28p

— Rap Alert (@rapalert3) April 24, 2021

With tears in his eyes, Drag-On credited X for birthing his career. “I don’t exist without this man,” he said. “He taught me everything I know. The air I breathe is what he put in my lungs.”

Jadakiss said the past couple years were “the happiest that [DMX] ever was in life,” while Styles P remarked, “DMX was the ghettoest person that ever existed.”

Swizz Beatz reflects on the passing of DMX at his memorial at the Barclays Center pic.twitter.com/f16fPAWAJM

— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2BIog) April 25, 2021

Swizz Beatz was the last to speak. “I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here,” said DMX’s longtime collaborator. “The things I’m witnessing from my brother’s passing, it’s a big educational thing for me to learn. A lot of people ain’t your friend, a lot of people ain’t your family. And I need everybody to do a will. You do not want strangers, bloodsuckers, handling your business when you’re not here. You want the ones that you love handling your business. But I’m going to make sure my brother’s straight.”

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Swizz Beatz Delivers Powerful Speech At DMX's Memorial

HipHopDX 26 April, 2021 - 06:01am

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Brooklyn, NY – A public memorial was held for DMX at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday (April 24) where several of the late legend’s friends and family delivered potent speeches.

Swizz Beatz, who served as DMX’s producer on numerous projects, was one of many who shared a few words about the Ruff Ryders rapper. In the process, he reminded people to show up for others before its too late. DMX had long suffered with substance abuse and mental health issues, which ultimately led to his demise on April 9 at the age of 50.

“Words can’t describe our loss, but our gain is heavy as well because we got a real serious person upstairs that’s looking down on us, and that’s going to guide us through our journey,” he said. “I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here. You got thousands of people claiming who they are and tickets and things like that.”

He continued, “This man needed everybody. He didn’t need everybody when he’s not here, he needed everybody when he was here. We have to learn to celebrate each other while we’re here.”

Swizz Beatz shared some powerful words at DMX’s Celebration of Life 🖤 pic.twitter.com/0XrmzKRTtn

— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) April 25, 2021

Following DMX’s death, social media lit up with seemingly endless tributes, but Swizz Beatz was painfully aware not all of them were genuine and warned of potential snakes slithering around once a person has passed.

“I don’t want y’all to show up to my shit when I’m gone, unless you was showing up while I was here,” he added. “I want to be sent off with the same love that I had when you were standing next to me.

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“The things that I’m witnessing from my brother’s passing was a big educational thing for me to learn. I’m glad I got to see it at this age. A lot of people aren’t your friends, a lot of people aren’t your family.”

According to Murder Inc. co-founder Irv Gotti, DMX died after ingesting a bad batch of crack-cocaine that had been laced with fentanyl. The powerful drug allegedly triggered a heart attack and he was never able to recover. Toxicology reports, however, are still pending.

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Nas, Eve, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir Pay Tribute to DMX At Emotional Memorial

BET 26 April, 2021 - 06:01am

Scores of DMX fans gathered outside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday (April 24) to celebrate the life of the late rapper. 

Photos outside of the venue showed fans honoring the late Earl Simmons as well as dozens of motorcycles riding along the Brooklyn streets. Many more joined via a YouTube livestream.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, capacity inside the Barclays Center was limited to 10 percent with only close friends and family being allowed inside, PEOPLE Magazine writes. Kanye and his Sunday Service choir kicked off the memorial with several songs before DMX’s family, which included his fiancée Desiree Lindsrom and the late artist’s children, remembered how he changed the world with his music and presence.

Nas, who co-starred in movies and collaborated on numerous songs with X, spoke during the ceremony. He described the late rapper as a “longtime friend” and “Hip Hop icon,” PEOPLE writes. 

"It's an honor to be here tonight but at the same time, it's a sad day. It's a glorious day,” the Queens rapper told the crowd. “I just want to say I'm honored to be here."

The First Lady of the Ruff Ryders, Eve, also spoke standing next to Swizz Beatz. "I am seriously the luckiest, luckiest woman in the world to have been adopted by the Ruff Ryders, but to have known DMX the way that I knew him as a man, a father, a friend,” she said, according to PEOPLE. “This is so hard y'all. What I pray, what I hope, I pray to God, I pray to our angels, our ancestors, that his journey was smooth. I know that he will rest in power. Rest in love, but most of all he feel rest in peace."

DMX passed away on Friday (April 9) after suffering a heart attack following a drug overdose a week earlier. He was admitted to White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York on April 2 and was described as being in a “vegetative state.” He never regained consciousness.

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DMX Funeral Features Moving Speeches From His Ex-Wife and Swizz Beatz

Yahoo Entertainment 25 April, 2021 - 06:38pm

After a monumental “Celebration of Life” at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday led by Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir to honor the iconic rapper, DMX’s Homegoing Celebration on Sunday was much more intimate. Lasting five hours at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, New York, to a limited capacity of 2,000 people, Nas, Lil Kim, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, and many others attended the private funeral. It was also livestreamed on BET Network and its YouTube channel.

After clergy opened the ceremony with scripture readings and prayers, the pastor of the Christian Cultural Center, Reverend A.R. Bernard, came forward to talk about the various gifts that DMX had, like being able to share his struggle and give others the ability to articulate theirs. “Today, we’re gathered in this palace to reflect on and celebrate the life, the work, the gift, the paradox that is DMX,” Bernard said as he closed his remarks.

New York City community leader and pivotal peacemaker Erica Ford then presented DMX’s family several citations and proclamations from the New York governor’s and Senate’s office, the American flag that was flying on the day that he died, and announced that December 18, his birthday, would now be DMX Day in New York state.

Ford highlighted that she had worked closely with DMX for several years to decrease gun violence in New York City. Actress Paige Hurd, DMX’s goddaughter, then took to the stage with some of X’s other children to talk about how the two first met on the set of “Cradle 2 the Grave.” Hurd also shared the prayer that she used to say with DMX.

“When we first met, our prayer was: Angels east, Angels west, North and south just do your best. To guide her, watch her while she rests. And now it’s up to me to endure this test. To love you and remember you at your best.”

After DMX’s children delivered speeches and a heartfelt rendition of Tori Kelly’s “Psalm 42” by Wé Ani, the minister Louis Farrakhan also joined the service via Zoom to send his condolences, saying that DMX was the same person in public as he was in private to a standing ovation.

Despite the ceremony being full of emotional testimonies from many of DMX’s close friends and loved ones, a couple did not land well, judging by the reactions in the livestream comments and on social media. Former Def Jam chief Lyor Cohen’s video featured was an overheard view of a beach, and addressed his previously stated opinion of the dichotomy in DMX’s personality — that Earl Simmons was a wonderful man while DMX was a gremlin. Some took issue with his comment, “DMX, I knew you were going to run into a wall. The unfortunate thing is you took my friend Earl Simmons with you. I hope the both of you rest in peace.”

However, the comments from Def Jam cofounder Russell Simmons, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, were at times shockingly tone-deaf, particularly when he spoke of his and DMX’s problems with drug abuse.

“I saw him go through struggles. I had been through struggles, so I recognized it,” Simmons said, seated cross-legged on a couch, presumably in Bali, where he has been residing for the past couple of years. “God knows I went through a lot of drugs, and I even was addicted at one point to cocaine. I was really just addicted to being high, but specifically cocaine. So, I had all these experiences so I could relate to this man, and I know I was very lucky to have escaped. And this brother was going through what I had been through, and I knew it. And I did very little… And I’ll never forget that I didn’t do much to help.” The comments were unsparing.

Like Saturday’s ceremony, Swizz Beatz, Ruff Ryders founders Joaquin “Waah” Dean and alumni shared their memories of meeting DMX.

“X left us to bring us together,” Waah said. “Because we’re all going through something right now and what we need is each other. So he leaves us and gave us this great album that we need to give to Dee and Swizz.” They then had a moment of silence and remarks from Swizz Beatz and other Ruff Ryders alumni.

“DMX was definitely not an artist to me. He was a brother, he was a friend,” Swizz said. “The key thing is he maintained his passion, he maintained his strength. He was barking and howling on stage to hide the real things that he was going through. He was a sweetheart. He was the most giving and loving person that I ever met, and I always wanted to protect him. I felt it was my job to protect him.”

After DMX’s former wife, Tashera Simmons, recounted how the two first met when she was 11 years old, she shared what he said to her six days before he was admitted into the hospital:

“He said, ‘I’m here for the world. God put me here for the world…God birthed me to be in the world. I am not of the world. I’m for the world.’ And I said, ‘I believe that, Earl,’” Simmons said. Tasheera then embraced DMX’s fiance Desiree Lindstrom in a special moment. Lindstrom followed by sharing everything she cherished about DMX.

As the Homegoing closed, DMX’s obituary was read from the stage, concluding with a (poorly filmed) virtual performance from Faith Evans. All of DMX’s children also received custom Ruff Ryder vests with “Young Ryders” inscribed on the front. It was a fitting close to a weekend-long celebration of a tumultuous life that ended too soon.

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Hip-hop fans and royalty celebrate the life of DMX at Brooklyn's Barclays Center

Los Angeles Times 25 April, 2021 - 05:44pm

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday afternoon to send off DMX, the hip-hop star who died on April 9 at age 50, after suffering a heart attack following a reported drug overdose. COVID-19 restrictions held the arena’s capacity to 10%, and the audience was limited to family, friends, some lifelong fans, rap royalty (Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Bobby Shmurda and Busta Rhymes were in attendance) and scores of Ruff Ryders — the famed rap label-slash-motorcycle club — with R’s on their leather vests.

The DMX: Celebration of Life memorial event was livestreamed on DMX’s YouTube channel; on Sunday, BET also livestreamed a private funeral service.

The Yonkers, N.Y.-born rapper and actor, born Earl Simmons, led a tumultuous life, marked by periods of addiction and incarceration but also filled, as noted by many of the speakers, with a generosity of spirit, a devotion to scripture and a transfixing charisma that propelled him to the top of the music world, with five consecutive albums that debuted at No. 1 and hits that have yet to leave DJ rotations.

His grade-school-age son Manny, one of DMX’s 15 offspring who lined up onstage, declared that his father taught him how to be great, but he took a few seconds to cry before he could get the words out. In one of the afternoon’s most touching moments, DMX’s daughter Sonovah Junior paid tribute with her version of his 1998 single “Slippin’”: “I’m learning to hold my head up / My daddy’s still holding my hand so I gotta stand up.”

The speakers — including members of the Lox, Nas, Eve and Swizz Beatz — told of how DMX’s guttural voice and outlaw persona opened a path to commercial success in an era dominated by the glossy pop-rap of Diddy’s Bad Boy Records. To know DMX was to learn how vulnerability and grit could coexist. Nas remembered his time filming 1998’s noir “Belly” and seeing DMX with “tears in his eyes because he knew about the journey he was about to embark on.”

Ruff Ryders labelmate Drag-On told the crowd that DMX “taught me everything I know. The air I breathe is what he put in my lungs.”

“Even for the people that’s outside [the arena] who can’t even be in here, he had that same impact,” Taylor said. “Because any of those people outside, he would stop and want to have a conversation and want to know about them.”

As DMX’s blood-red casket lay at the center of Barclays, Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir, in matching red hoodies, sang renditions of their “Back to Life” and West’s “Ultralight Beam” skyward with chest-vibrating force. They formed a semicircle around the casket, as if to physically protect DMX’s manifested spirit.

After producer Swizz Beatz led the crowd in a version of DMX’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” the song that started Swizz’s career, people began trickling through the exits, eventually leaving the casket alone amid the stage’s stark white backdrop.

Meanwhile, outside the arena, an even larger crowd joyfully blasted DMX’s music in tribute, through car sound systems and Bluetooth speakers.

Earlier, police had cleared the famously congested intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues to make way for a 1,000-person-strong Yonkers-to-Brooklyn motorcade escorting DMX’s casket, which was carried aboard a monster truck with the words “LONG LIVE DMX’’ displayed on its side. The procession of motorcycles made its way past Barclays Center just before 2 p.m. and filled the air with the running motors that, like the dog barks that punctuated his songs, announced DMX’s presence throughout his life.

“I’m his mirror,” said Dyran Sloan, a 61-year-old Brooklyn resident. “He helped me. He died for me. I got nothing but love for him not because he died for me, but his message was about saving others. He was real … the ’hood was his home.”

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Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys join DMX's family for funeral in New York 

Daily Mail 25 April, 2021 - 04:27pm

By Valerie Edwards For Dailymail.com

Just hours after a star-studded homegoing celebration in Brooklyn for DMX, the rapper's family and close friends, including Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, held a private funeral to say their final goodbyes. 

Family members, friends and clergy members dressed in white and red honored the life and faith of the hip-hop icon at his homegoing celebration Sunday.

Religious leaders and musicians prayed, sang and delivered moving tributes as members of DMX's family sat in the first rows of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. 

The private funeral service began 2.30pm and was broadcast live on BET and the network's YouTube channel.

Swizz Beatz, who attended the service with his wife and songstress Alicia Keys, was one of several speakers during the service. 

DMX passed away on April 9 at the age of 50 after suffering an apparent drug overdose and heart attack at his home in White Plains, New York. 

Just hours after a star-studded homegoing celebration in Brooklyn for DMX, the rapper's family (daughter, Sasha, center) and close friends held a private funeral to say their final goodbyes

Family members, friends and clergy members dressed in white and red honored the life and faith of the hip-hop icon at his homegoing celebration Sunday

Religious leaders and musicians (pictured) prayed, sang and delivered moving tributes as members of DMX's family sat in the first rows of the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn

Swizz Beats (center speaking), who attended the service with his wife and songstress Alicia Keys, was one of several speakers during the service

Loved ones onstage and in the audience held up their fists during the funeral on Sunday 

Alicia Keys was seen in the crowd holding up a fist during a heartfelt moment at the service 

Beatz, who real name is Kasseem Daoud Dean, said of DMX: 'X was a very, loving Teddy-bear type of guy. He was a sweetheart. He was the most giving person I ever met.'

'We became brothers for life,' Beatz said, adding that DMX trusted him with his truth.

'He was a brother, a friend. He was actually my best friend... His kids are now our kids and we're going to ride this out forever.'   

The 50-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper and actor grew up just north of New York City in Yonkers and delivered iconic hip-hop songs such as the Ruff Ryders' Anthem and Party Up (Up in Here). 

His electrifying music focused on themes of religion, violence and redemption, and inspired scores of fans and performers worldwide.

DMX arrived on the rap scene around the same time as Jay-Z, Ja Rule and others who dominated the charts and emerged as platinum-selling acts. 

Swizz Beatz and his wife and songstress Alicia Keys were spotted heading to DMX's funeral on Sunday afternoon 

DMX's son gave remarks during the funeral service on Sunday afternoon 

The ceremony was closed to the public and restricted to close friends and family due to the pandemic 

DMX fronted the Ruff Ryders collective, which had success on the charts and on radio with its Ryde or Die compilation albums.

Crowds of close family and friends also attended a two-hour memorial ceremony Saturday at the Barclays Center in New York, which featured a moving tribute from DMX's 15 children.

Both ceremonies were closed to the public and restricted to close friends and family because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The rapper's body was transported to the memorial on a customized Ford F250 on Saturday.

The streets of Brooklyn ground to a halt as the truck carried the rapper's shiny red coffin to the Barclays Center followed by hundreds of motorbikes.

In a tribute to the star, the truck was emblazoned with 'Long Live DMX' on its side, 'Ruff Ryders' on the back and DMX on its center caps. 

At the funeral procession, the vehicle was flanked by members of the Ruff Ryders rap label as well as hundreds of motorbikes, with DMX's shiny bright red coffin visible in the open air of the truck's trailer. 

DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died April 9 after suffering what officials called a catastrophic cardiac arrest. 

He spent several days on life support after being rushed to a New York hospital from his home on April 2.

The streets of Brooklyn ground to a halt Saturday as the truck carried the rapper's shiny red coffin to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn followed by hundreds of motorbikes

In a tribute to the star - who died aged 50 from a heart attack - the truck was emblazoned with 'Long Live DMX' on its side, 'Ruff Ryders' on the back and DMX on its center caps

People gather for a 'Celebration of Life Memorial' for rapper DMX at Barclays Center, Saturday

People gather for a 'Celebration of Life Memorial' for rapper DMX at Barclays Center

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