Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and more paid tribute to the rapper DMX during the BET Awards, which took place on Sunday 27th June at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles.
The collective homage saw a string of DMX hits delivered and curated by some of his closest friends and collaborators, including the actor Michael K Williams and members of Griselda, who appear on the hip hop icon’s acclaimed posthumous album, ‘Exodus‘, released in May 2021 and his first work for the iconic Def Jam imprint in 18 years.
“You see a lot of tributes and you can almost predict [what’s going to happen]… This time we wanted to do something a little different. We wanted to add some curation and different types of artistry. Everybody that’s coming on stage, X had a serious respect for them,” DMX’s legendary producer, Swizz Beatz, told Complex Magazine.
DMX died on 2nd April following a heart attack, aged 50. The news was followed by an outpouring of tributes from the hip hop and music community, including Snoop Dogg. A New York street or statue is set to be named in his honour, while 18th December will now be marked as Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons Day in the state. Millions tuned in to watch DMX’s memorial service.