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'DMX Day' Officially Declared By New York State Senate

04/28/2021 12:00 AM EDT by WBLS Staff
DMX’s legacy will forever live on!After the recent and sudden death of the Yonkers-born rapper, The New York State Senate has officially declared that December 18th will be known as “DMX Day,” which is also his birthday. The announcement was made during X’s homegoing service this past Sunday. During the service, community activists Erica Ford and Priscilla Echi said “Our New York State Senate has called December 18th Earl “DMX” Simmons Day. His lyrics were rapped on the Senate floor by Senator Jamaal T Bailey who introduced a resolution in his honor. He also has proclamations from Mayor Spano and Mayor Shawn Patteson Howard.” In the resolution, Senator Bailey said, We used to commemorate Black Music Month, and the last time we were able to do that was June 17, 2019. And I recall it vividly because we all got to speak about how music affects us. And DMX as an artist came around at a pivotal time for me. I was in high school. Mount Vernon born, Yonkers raised Earl Simmons. He affected the lives of so many people. [He] passed away far too soon at the age of 50. During that hospitalization, we prayed for him as he prayed on his music as he prayed in his music. On every DMX album, there was a word of scripture, there was a gospel track, there was something to show a connection in his faith. And we as his fans, his supporters, people that never met him but felt that we knew him tried to will him through it but we weren’t able to.”He added, “In New York, we have our own hip-hop royalty. He’s the Earl of Westchester County. He is DMX. He is one of the greatest hip-hop artists that we will ever know. Phenomenal actor. Phenomenal for the culture. Someone who gave us so much in the hip-hop generation. As a kid raised in hip-hop, I am grateful not just for the accomplishments that DMX has given, but I’m more happy about the impact that Earl Simmons left on the world. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.” DMX passed away on April 9th, 2021 at age 50. He is survived by his 15 children.