Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, Griselda & More Honor DMX At 2021 BET Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – DMX passed away on April 9 at White Plains Hospital after

suffering a catastrophic heart attack. Although the Ruff Ryders legend died way before

his time, he left behind an impenetrable legacy that continued with release

of Exodus last month.

At the 2021 BET Awards on Sunday night (June 27), X’s longtime friend and producer

Swizz Beatz, Method Man, Busta Rhymes, Griselda and more honored the late Hip Hop

luminary with a special tribute performance.

“You see a lot of tributes and you can almost predict [what’s going to happen],” Swizz

Beatz told sources ahead of the performance. “This time we wanted to do something a

little different. We wanted to add some curation and [include] different types of artistry.

Everybody that’s coming on stage, X had a serious respect for them.

“BET picked the songs that did well on their platforms for him. I had different songs in

mind, but the way BET picked the songs made sense. Then we just started picking artists

who matched those energies. I mean, DMX had his own energy. But everybody is

bringing their energy to it as well.”

Beginning with an A Cappella verse from Method Man, the tribute quickly exploded into

spirited performances from Griselda, The LOX, Swizz Beatz, the Ruff Ryders and Busta

Rhymes, reimagining songs such as “Party Up” and “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”

Backed by a haunting violin, DMX’s voice then came over the speakers as a somber

mood suddenly engulfed the audience.

BET also featured several other prominent Black figures who passed away over the past

12 months in a video montage, including Digital Underground’s Shock G, Whodini’s

John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, Black Rob and, of course, DMX.

However, they left out Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab whose unexpected death was just

announced on Friday (June 25).

Source: Tyshawn Smith

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