The tragic passing of legendary rapper DMX on April 9 is a wound that will take time to heal. His music is one way people can do that.
In fact, fans are already going in droves to relive the rapper’s hits, from “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” to “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” streaming numbers are shooting up as fans pay their respect.
The late hip-hop legend shook the landscape of popular music with his debut album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.” It immediately sent DMX into stardom and was quickly followed up by “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” and “…And Then There Was X.”
The latter is the rapper’s greatest selling album of all time, and features one of his biggest hits, “Party Up (Up in Here).” A party anthem that features the trademark intensity and sound of DMX, it is still a must-listen in 2021.
So it’s no surprise that the song’s YouTube video, seen below, is climbing in numbers, both in views and in comments.
Like the song, the music video is iconic. DMX gets an error at an ATM, before bumping into a bank robber. The rapper gets caught in a bad spot as police roll up on the bank, but after rappelling off the roof, a newspaper confirms that everything is good and just a case of “mistaken identity.”
DMX Tributes Flood in On ‘Party Up’
At the time of writing, the video has crossed the 117 million mark, and is climbing. Thousands of comments have been posted since the news of the 50-year-old’s death was released, most in loving tribute to DMX.
Many are those who were in their teens or younger years at the height of his popularity, such as user Martina.
“R.I.P thanks for your music in my teenage time!!!”
Another user, ММА БРАТСТВО, shared a similar sentiment.
“When I was walking in school, I was listening to your gangsta songs. I will never forget you my older brother😔RIP🙏🏻.”
To sum up his contribution to hip-hop, and culture at large in the late 1990s and early 2000s, C J, reflected on his impact.
“THIS DUDE DEFINED AN ENTIRE GENERATION!! RIP DMX YOUR LEGEND WILL LIVE ON ETERNALLY!! ❤️🙏”
Comments also reflected exactly how much of a party classic “Party Up” was.
“Played at EVERY SINGLE PARTY. RIP legend,” user SomeBlackGuy commented.
FoldingChair98 added a similar comment that prompts the memories of crowded house parties and jumping bars.
“You made everyone’s partys better, you will be missed , rest in peace.”
And if partying isn’t your thing, it’s just factual that the song promotes hype and energy, like so much of DMX’s music. Just ask user john brown.
“This song is the sh*t. Whenever you need to get hyped, just put this song on full blast and mission is accomplished. RIP DMX..”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.