Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, and other US musicians performed during lthe special ate DMX’s tribute at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 27. Swizz produced a lot of hit tracks for DMX when they were still part of the Ruff Ryders squad that ruled the airwaves some years ago. BET will celebrate X’s life and music during the upcoming ceremony and also debut a new track from the late rapper .

Swizz Beatz honoured his late friend and favourite collaborator during a special tribute at the upcoming BET Awards. The US music producer, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Griselda, and Micael K Willimans performed some of DMX’s classics during the show on Sunday, June 27.

On Sunday night (June 27), Swizz Beatz, Method Man, members of the Ruff Ryders, Busta Rhymes, Griselda, Ruff Ryders cofounder Joaquin “Waah” Dean, actor Michael K. Williams and more hit the stage at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theatre to deliver a tribute to the late rapper at the BET Awards 2021. Filled with snippets of songs from nearly every part of X’s legendary career, it was a multi-layered performance that helped contextualize DMX’s legacy as an artist.

DMX's tribute

Things started off with Method Man spitting bars from “Get At Me Dog,” X’s first official single. That part of the tribute then folded into a live performance of “Hood Blues,” a Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine-featured track from X’s posthumously released LP, Exodus. The three guest stars on the song pulled up to perform their verses for the song before spitting part of the hook for X’s 2003 hit, “Where The Hood At?”

After Griselda left the stage, Williams popped out onstage to deliver a stirring a cappella live rendition of “Slippin’,” one of the most poignant songs in DMX’s whole discography. After that, Swizz Beatz hit the stage with Jadakiss and other Ruff Ryders to deliver parts of the “Ruff Ryders Anthem” remix, with Jadakiss performing his verse from the song. After that, Busta Rhymes hit the stage to perform “Party Up (Up in Here)” before the whole performance closed out with a prayer from DMX, who passed away this past April after suffering a massive heart attack.

 

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