DMX’s children offer touching tributes at rap icon’s memorial

The children of DMX — he had 15 — filled a stage at Brooklyn Barclays Center Saturday night, offering touching tributes to the Yonkers rap icon during a worth-the-wait “Celebration of Life” memorial.

One of DMX’s young daughters sang a song she wrote based on the rapper’s hit “Slippin.’”

“I’m growing, I’m learning to hold my head, my daddy’s still holding my hand so I gotta stand up,” the child sang with great confidence and poise, to loud applause from the socially distanced crowd in the arena.

The memorial started nearly three hours late, and was being live streamed across the globe on the rapper’s YouTube channel starting around 6:30 p.m.

The program began with a haunting recorded spoken-word soliloquy about life and death by the late rapper.

DMX's memorial at Barclays Center started over two hours later than scheduled.
DMX’s memorial at Barclays Center started over two hours later than scheduled.
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Next Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir took the stage to perform a spirited set of spiritual songs alongside DMX’s casket, including “Back To Life” and “Keep on Movin.’”

The Yeezus rapper himself had not taken the stage by 7:30 p.m

As of 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Kanye West had not taken the stage at the memorial.
As of 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Kanye West had not taken the stage at the memorial.
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A female member of DMX’s large family then took the stage, and brought out many of his 15 children.

“You know Earl Simmons as DMX, he was Earl to us, the woman, who was not introduced, said

One of DMX's daughters sang a song in tribute to her late father.
One of DMX’s daughters sang a song in tribute to her late father.
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“Everything he did, he did for you all. He always wanted to please you, he always wanted to give his best show… What he does want you to know is to carry the love of Jesus in your heart.”

Attendees of the memorial walk through one of the hallways at Barclays Center before the service for DMX began.
Attendees of the memorial walk through one of the hallways at Barclays Center before the service for DMX began.
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Several of the kids grabbed the mic to talk about their father

DMX memorabilia
The memorial is being live streamed on DMX’s YouTube channel.
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“I am so honored to have a father like we had. This man, deepened my ability to love,” one of his sons said

“I cry so much tears of joy. So much. So much peace. Every lesson he taught me, always say thank you… be kind to everyone,” the adult son continued

Another much younger child took the microphone and broke down in tears.

“He was the best dad ever,” the boy said as he remembered the rapper’s lessons about music and Jesus.

The livestream was preceded by stunning aerial footage of DMX fans on motorbikes accompanying his casket from Yonkers Raceway, over the RFK Triborough Bridge and into Downtown Brooklyn.

The DMX procession arrived outside the arena earlier in the afternoon.
The DMX procession arrived outside the arena earlier in the afternoon.
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The procession arrived at Barclays just after 2 p.m. in a bright red coffin, set in the flatbed of a monster truck emblazoned with the words “Long Live DMX.”

source: nypost.com