DMX’s swan song: ‘X Moves’ featuring Bootsy Collins and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice is released same day as the rapper dies at 50 after heart attack
A new DMX track titled X Moves featuring Bootsy Collins and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice has been released on the same day that the late rapper passed away aged 50, following a heart attack and reported overdose.
The song is said to have arrived on some streaming platforms Friday, just hours prior to the confirmation the entertainer had died.
Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera said in a statement that was issued prior to the rapper’s death: ‘As ‘X Moves’ shows, he is still one of the most innovative and original hip-hop artists around. Our hearts go out to all of DMX’s family, friends and supporters.’
DMX’s swan song: Track ‘X Moves’ featuring Bootsy Collins and Deep Purple’s Ian Paice is released as the rapper dies at 50 (DMX pictured in 2014)
Collins tweeted about the release Friday, saying, in part: ‘U never know when, (Everythang is as it Should Be) will come into Play! (I haven’t heard the final but his voice alone is worthy)! Bootsy baby!!’
It is not clear if the late rapper had intended for the song to be released on this date.
Meanwhile, the rapper’s family confirmed the tragic news in a statement about his death on Friday saying: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.’
The news came after it was reported Friday that his vital organs had failed, that he had ‘not regained any brain function’ and that his condition had not improved after a series of tests that were performed on Wednesday at White Plains Hospital, New York.
‘Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,’ the statement, shared via People, continued. ‘Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.’
Support: Singer Bootsy Collins appears on the track alongside DMX
The tests had reportedly left his family with the agonizing decision over whether to keep the 50-year-old entertainer on life support.
White Plains Hospital released an additional statement which read: ‘White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.’
TMZ reported that the tests had proved there was ‘no improvement in brain activity’ since the rapper was first rushed into hospital last Friday, after he was deprived of any oxygen for nearly half an hour.
The test results had been described as ‘not good’ in the Thursday report. His family requested that longtime friend and former manager Steve Rifkind fly to New York on Friday to be by his side.
DMX dead at 50: The rapper – real name Earl Simmons – died aged 50 at White Plains Hospital on Friday after suffering a heart attack and reported overdose last week (pictured in 2017)
Tributes: Mourners have been gathering outside the hospital; above a fan is seen paying respects on Friday
TMZ reported Monday that some of DMX’s 15 children had been visiting him in the hospital.
Later that same day, a prayer vigil was held by family, friends and fans outside the hospital where DMX was receiving care in White Plains, New York.
DMX first made a splash in rap music in 1998 with his first studio album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot, which debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The multiplatinum selling album was anchored by several hits including Ruff Ryders Anthem, Get At Me Dog and Stop Being Greedy.
The rapper had four other chart-topping albums including …And Then There Was X, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, The Great Depression’ and Grand Champ. He has released seven albums and earned three Grammy nominations.
Towards the late nineties, he was known for being at the forefront of the ‘Ruff Ryders’ era of rap, which was named after a collective of rappers that included soon-to-be superstars in the genre like Eve and Lox.
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