Following rapper DMX’s death on Friday morning, fellow musicians, fans and industry professionals took to social media to remember his storied career.
Def Jam Recordings, who last collaborated with DMX on his album Grand Champ in 2003, released a statement honouring the late rapper.
“Def Jam Recordings and the extended Def Jam family of artists, executives and employees are deeply and profoundly saddened by the loss of our brother Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons,” the record label said. “DMX was a brilliant artist and an inspiration to millions around the world. His message of triumph over struggle, his search for the light out of darkness, his pursuit of truth and grace brought us closer to our own humanity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him and were touched by him. DMX was nothing less than a giant. His legend will live on forever.”
Lyor Cohen, the global head of music for YouTube and the former head of Def Jam, said the rapper was “a wonderful, caring father and a sensitive, thoughtful man.”
“Unfortunately, Dark Man X took over and ran amok, tormented and struggling to find the light,” Cohen said. “DMX gave me the inspiration to keep going at Def Jam when rap became soft and silly.”
Rapper Snoop Dogg, who faced off against DMX in a Verzuz battle last year, paid tribute in a heartfelt Instagram post.
“What they thought was a battle ended up being a family reunion,” he wrote. “Of 2 Doggs who loved everything about each other thank. U. X for loving me back. C u when I get there.”
Missy Elliott discussed DMX’s legacy Friday morning and tweeted, “Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING.”
Viola Davis, who recently portrayed blues singer Ma Rainey in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” tweeted, “RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones.”
Chance the Rapper wrote on Twitter, “Rest in Heaven DMX.”
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