Earl Simmons, better known as the legendary rapper DMX, just released a surprise single titled “X Moves” today. Little did we know that the track would be the artist’s swan song as he passed away Friday morning.
Within hours of “X Moves” hitting streaming services on Friday, DMX was announced dead at 50 years old. The “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” rapper suffered a heart attack brought on by an overdose exactly one week ago. It left him non-responsive and in a coma on life support since April 2. His family confirmed the tragic news in a statement shared with the public.
“X Moves” is a surprise release that features a handful of iconic musicians on the collaboration. Parliament-Funkadelic bassist Bootsy Collins, Asia guitarist Steve Howe, and Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice all contribute to the upbeat, funk-induced track. DMX opens the song with his signature bark before rapping on the track that sounds like it could’ve fit in with any of his late ’90s or early 2000s platinum albums.
“I make moves to get me where I’m going,” DMX proclaims in the chorus of his latest song. Cleopatra Records released the new single with an announcement on social media on Thursday evening. Fans can buy a limited edition 7″ colored vinyl single of “X Moves” available in both red and silver. In addition, you can listen to the track on all streaming services as of Friday.
DMX Passes Away Amid Premature Rumors of His Death
On Thursday, numerous reports stated that DMX’s family were possibly going to be forced to make some extremely difficult decisions in the coming days. By the time he received medical treatment last Friday, DMX had next to no brain function following oxygen deprivation for almost half an hour.
Since then, the rapper’s health had not improved as he stayed on life support. On Wednesday, a source told TMZ that multiple medical tests showed no improvement in his brain activity. The source claims that the test results were “not good.”
The TMZ report also stated that DMX’s family requested Steve Rifkind’s presence. Rifkind is the rapper’s longtime friend and manager who they contacted to come to New York as soon as possible. Earlier in the week, his manager spoke with TMZ. He said upcoming test results would be vital and that “the family would determine what’s best from there.”
On Thursday, false reports of DMX’s death circulated heavily on social media. Rifkind addressed the rumors and requested that the media and his fans stop spreading the incorrect information.
“Everybody, please stop with posting these rumors. DMX is still alive. Yes, he is on life support but please, it’s not helping anybody by having seen these false rumors. Let the family relax for a night. You will be hearing a statement from the family sometime tomorrow. I’ve been with DMX for the past three years, so the only thing I ask is to just stop with the rumors. He is still alive and he is on life support,” Rifkind said in a video.
Less than 12 hours from Rifkind’s shared video, DMX’s family heartbreakingly announced the rapper’s passing.