/  04.25.2021

Today (April 24), all of hip hop and the world tuned into DMX’s memorial service, which happened at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center earlier this afternoon. Preceded by a final ride through the city on a monster truck, the celebration of life saw an emotionally charged set courtesy of Kanye West and his Sunday Service Choir, who performed in between speeches given by the Yonkers legend’s peers, family, and friends. One such loved one is none other than Nas, who took to the stage dressed in army fatigues and used his time to reminisce about working with DMX during the creation of Belly:

“As my brother, we did a great movie together and on that movie he was just rising up as a star … His first album didn’t even come out yet but he knew his journey was starting…He looked at me, tears in his eyes, because he knew the journey that he was about to embark on.”

Released in 1998, Belly starred Nas and DMX as Sincere and Tommy “Buns,” two heads of a criminal enterprise that eventually begin taking different paths. Directed by Hype Williams, the classic film also saw additional appearances — both major and cameo — from TLC’s T-Boz, Method Man, Oliver “Power” Grant, Louie Rankin, Sean Paul, Vita, Ghostface Killah, and AZ, effectively making this masterpiece a permanent moment in hip hop history.

DMX — real name Earl Simmons — officially transitioned earlier this month at the age of 50 following a reported heart attack and weeklong admittance into White Plains Hospital. Since his passing, many A-listers within the entertainment community took to social media to give condolences and share stories and memories of Simmons during better times, including Gabrielle Union, Jet Li, Missy Elliott, Lebron James, and Viola Davis — further proof that DMX’s existence affected all walks of life.

Press play on Nas’ speech below. In related news, Kanye teamed up with Balenciaga to design a shirt in honor of DMX, from which all proceeds will go to his family. You can check that out here.


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