Fans line the streets as the red coffin that gave birth to DMX, Earl Simmons, was born atop a monster truck with the words “Long Live DMX” written on its side. The Monster Truck played DMX songs and dubbed a procession that began in Jonk as “The Rough Riders 2 The Rescue: Ride 4 Life” and entered the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn.
The memorial, which was broadcast online and attended only by family and close friends due to the coronavirus pandemic ban, began a ceremony shortly after 6pm, with DMX’s fiancée, Desri Lindstrom, and 15 of their companions onstage. Red joined the coffin and spoke of the late rapper’s love of Jesus and his fans.
One of his elder sons read a eulogy through tears, and one of his younger daughters performed a rap for the occasion. Another young son recited DMX, reciting a poem, “the best father anyone could ask for.”
DMX’s daughter Sonowah Jr. performed an original rap in tribute to her father.
“They taught me to be strong, but it’s okay to be afraid, ’cause sometimes it’ll show you how brave you’ll be,” Jr. rapped. “My brothers and sisters, we all stand together, throw away X, Dad forever.”
Rapper and actor NAS paid a tribute to DMX.
“We did a great film together. And on that film, he was just emerging as a star. His debut album hadn’t come out yet, but he knew his journey was starting,” Nas he said. “We were standing outside the Tunnel nightclub about to shoot a scene, and he looked at me, and he had tears in his eyes, because he knew how to be a hip-hop icon.
Members of the Rough Riders Entertainment collective, of which DMX was a part, followed Ness onstage. Speakers Rappers Eve, Swiss Beats and Jadakiss, who said he was involved, “wouldn’t be without (DMX) sh * t.”
Members of the Sunday Service Choir of Kanye West sang bhajans throughout the 90-minute service.