Brooklyn, Newyork–Yonkers native DMX was celebrated today with a “Celebration of Life” and a “home-going” celebration with a procession through his Yonkers neighborhood to his service at the Barclays Center.
DMX last played the Barclays Center in 2019.
His service was held at Barclays Center, 620 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11217 at 4:00 p.m. AIR11 was over the memorial procession, which included motorcycles and a monster truck carrying the rapper’s coffin, from Yonkers to Brooklyn.
The multi-platinum rap star was 50. Born Earl Simmons in Mount Vernon, New York in 1970, DMX rose to fame in the late 1990’s as a member of Ruff Ryders who was a management company at the time. Following the succcess of their early artist such as DMX, they formed as a record label and sought distribution deals with Def Jam.
DMX saw his first five albums make Billboard #1. His debut album, Its Dark and Hell is Hot sold over 250,000 the first week and DMX was also nominated for three grammy awards.
He has also starred in several movies including “Cradle To The Grave,” “Belly,” “Never Die Alone,” and” Romeo Must Die.”
DMX was taken off life support Friday April 9th after showing no brain activity for several days. He reportedly suffered a heart attack from what is being reported as a drug overdose.
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