The life and music of rap icon DMX are being honored at a “Celebration of Life” memorial service at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
The non-public service –initially set to kick off at four p.m., however then pushed again to five:30 p.m. — is being livestreamed on the rapper’s YouTube channel.
Organizers didn’t launch particulars about who can be performing or talking on the service.
The rapper’s brilliant purple coffin was carried into Barclays on a large monster truck that roared from Yonkers — the place DMX grew up as Earl Simmons — to Brooklyn in a two-hour procession of a whole bunch of motorcyclists and ATVs.
It was a becoming send-off given the “Ride or Die” rapper’s affect on avenue racing tradition.
Traffic stopped along Brooklyn’s Flatbush Avenue because the rap-blasting entourage slowly made its technique to the world.
“That dude changed my life … he got me through some hard times,” stated fan Tarah Dorsey, 43, who traveled to Barclays from Providence, RI to honor the rapper whose music supported her by means of household deaths, a jail stint and a wrestle with habit.
“He was at all times clear about his life — ‘I’ve been by means of this, I’ve been by means of that,’’ she added.
“But at the end of the day God and Jesus had his back. And I always felt the same way.”
“I love DMX from the time I was a teenager,” fan Patricia Brown, 61, stated exterior the stadium.
The retired NYCHA worker and Brownsville resident wore a DMX shirt, and stated she “cried hard” when she came upon he died.
“I am a die hard fan. His (“Ruff Ryders” CD is in my automobile proper now. I’m using with him all the best way down right here and all the best way again, ever since his loss of life,” she stated.
Asked how she’ll rejoice her favourite rapper, Brown stated, “I smoke my bud all day.
“Mama bear smoke bud,” she added, lighting a joint and smiling.
DMX’s memorial service is being livestreamed on the rapper’s YouTube channel, however it’s a non-public affair, its reside viewers restricted to household and mates because of coronavirus social distancing guidelines.
New York State tips at present prohibit Barclays Center to 10% capability.
The record of performers for the service has been a closely-kept secret, although Page Six realized earlier this week that super-producer Swizz Beatz was involved in establishing the lineup.
DMX carried out at Barclays twice, in keeping with Billboard, although the venue opened a decade after the rapper’s chart-topping heyday, with hits together with “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “What’s My Name” and “What These Bitches Want.”
The father of 15 died April 9 at age 50 at a New York hospital, per week after a drug overdose.