The world continues to mourn the loss of Earl “DMX” Simmons, one of the most iconic artists in hip hop and music history that touched all walks of life with his music. Following yesterday’s memorial service at the Barclays Center, family, friends, and fellow peers converged upon Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center to continue the celebration of DMX’s life, which saw appearances from the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Tashera Simmons, the Ruff Ryders collective, and more.
In addition to the many speeches, attendees and those streaming live were also treated to powerful performances — including one from past collaborator Faith Evans, who appeared before the congregation virtually. Just before she and her band of musicians began their short set, Faith opened with a story of how “I Miss You,” her collaboration with DMX from 2001’s The Great Depression, came together:
“I remember the first time I met Earl, he came to my hotel room at 3am. The front desk called me, and he took the phone from them like, ‘Just tell her it’s DMX!’ And how could I say no to him coming upstairs? It’s DMX wanting to talk to me, so it had to be important. And he came upstairs and told me that he wanted to do this song with me dedicated to his grandmother...”
“...after he told me, we prayed together, when I went to the studio to record, we prayed together, at the video shoot, we prayed together, and every time I saw him thereafter, we prayed together. There’s a video going around of him praying on the Bad Boy tour. That day, it was my turn to pray, I walked out of my dressing room and saw X, and he said, ‘Faith, you’re an angel in my life! ... ‘Cause we always pray together!’”