DMX fans have been blasting his music excessively since he was fighting for his life in New York’s White Plains Hospital, but in the wake of his death, the emcee’s rising streams have consistently achieved new levels of charting success. One week after reports noted the 928% boost in X’s streaming numbers, his single “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” has become the highest-ranking song on the Billboard charts.
The 1998 track off of Its Dark and Hell Is Hot — which culminated at No. 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 back in February 1999 — now sits at No. 16, beating out the DMX and Lil Kim-assisted “Money, Power & Respect,” by The LOX, which peaked at No. 17 in May 1998 and held the record as his highest-ranking single for over two decades.
Alongside the return of “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, X’s song “Party Up” landed in the 40th position while “X Gon Give It To Ya” became the No. 46 record on the music list.
X’s music has seen posthumous success following his untimely demise. Hours after the rapper lost his life, the Billboard-charting “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” hit the No. 1 spot on U.S iTunes and landed at No. 46 on the Billboard 200.
Additionally, the rappers’ compilation project The Best Of DMX —which featured all aforementioned songs — sold 77,000 album equivalent units and secured the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 days after it debuted as the 73rd song on the chart.
As REVOLT previously reported, DMX spent a week fighting for his life after suffering from a drug overdose and a heart attack. Fans have been celebrating his life ever since and will get to pay their last respects on April 24 during a public memorial at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.