During a recent interview on Hot 97, Swizz Beatz talked about the role Kanye West played in ensuring DMX had a homegoing ceremony that befitted his iconic career.
Kanye West helped with designing the stage where the Sunday Service choir performed, and where guests also spoke. He was aided by renowned visual artist Akeem Smith.
“It was a very genuine act of love and support from ‘Ye. There wasn’t much talking or negotiating,” Swizz said around the 13-minute mark. “X Showed up to his Sunday Service and was a big fan of it and I knew this was something X would want to do. And Kanye more than happy to facilitate his expertise. … It was last minute. That’s why it wasn’t televised when people got in there because the stage was still being built.”
West was also able to raise $1 million for DMX’s family through the sales of Balenciaga designed DMX T-shirts. The custom T-shirts commissioned by Yeezy retailed for $200 a pop and were sold out in 24hrs.
DMX’s legacy will live on through his music. The Dark Man’s first posthumous album “Exodus” is set to arrive May 28th. Swizz confirmed the release date and describes the upcoming project as a “masterpiece.”
Named after X’s youngest son, Exodus serves as DMX’s first album since 2012’s Undisputed and his first on Def Jam in 18 years.
“My brother X was one of the most pure and rare souls I’ve ever met,” Swizz said in a statement. “He lived his life dedicated to his family and music. Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure. This album, X couldn’t wait for his fans all around the world to hear and show just how much he valued each and every single person that has supported him unconditionally.”
“Exodus “will reportedly feature guest appearances from Lil Wayne, the late Pop Smoke, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Benny The Butcher and more.
DMX died April 9 at White Plains hospital, New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 50 years old.