Nas, Swizz Beatz, and others appeared at DMX’s memorial service at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday.
Nas referred to X as “my pal,” and they spoke about working together on set. “He knew his journey was about to begin,” he continued. He looked at me with tears in his eyes, knowing what he was about to embark on: becoming a hip-hop star.”
Swizz Beatz said,
“Words can’t explain our loss, but our benefit is just as significant because we’ve got a real serious person upstairs looking down on us, and that’s going to guide us on our journey.”
“I only wish all these people turned up for him when he was here. You’ve got tens of thousands of people pretending to be who they say they are, and you’ve got tickets and stuff like that. This man required the assistance of all. He didn’t need anyone when he wasn’t here, but he did need everyone when he was. While we’re here, we need to learn to appreciate each other.”
“Unless you showed up when I was here, I don’t want y’all to turn up to my shit while I’m gone,” he said. “I want to be sent off with the same love that I felt when you stood beside me. What I’m doing as a result of my brother’s death has been a huge learning experience for me. I’m happy I was able to witness it at such a young age. Many people aren’t your mates, and even less are your family.”
X’s daughter also performed a touching rap song in memory of her late father. The album is a remix of X’s “Slippin,” which was released in 1998.
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