The tragic passing of rapper DMX shocked people across the nation. Now, Wildcatter Saloon in Katy, Texas, where DMX was scheduled to perform, is turning his concert into a tribute show.
Justin, the owner of the saloon, told TMZ that he and his team took the death of DMX really hard. They grew up loving his music, and booking him was a “long time in the making.”
DMX, whose full name was Earl Simmons, was set to play on May 29th. The now tribute show will host the same opening acts that were supposed to perform before the late rapper. The artists are Tone Royal and the hip-hop/rock band Coozablack & Sin City.
They are still looking for someone to headline the tribute show. They want it to be someone who was close with DMX to make the night more special for fans.
DMX to Be Honored in Public Memorial Service
DMX is being honored in other events as well, including a public memorial service on April 24th. It’ll take place at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. Organizers have yet to determine how many people can attend due to COVID-19. After the public memorial, his family and friends will attend a private funeral.
A True Rap Trailblazer
Certainly, DMX’s impact on the music world was profound. He released a multitude of #1 albums in the 1990s and early 2000s. His 1989 album “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” kickstarted his iconic career. DMX received three Grammy nominations and was the first artist of all time to have their first five albums reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
Fans adored his energized and electric stage presence and his gravelly voice. While his often personal lyrics, along with his delivery, set him apart from many other acts. He often sang of a difficult childhood and traumatic experiences he faced. DMX also acted in films. This includes Belly, which is a cult classic.
DMX passed away after a long battle with addiction, a disease that takes far too many lives way too soon. In 2019, Simmons canceled a tour to seek addiction treatment. Meanwhile, his loved ones have released multiple statements regarding his loss.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” His family said in a Twitter statement, “He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”