Ruff Ryders have announced that they’ll be hosting a “Ryde Out” event in honor of DMX on the anniversary of the legendary rapper’s death.
The “Ryde Out” event will take place on April 9, which marks two years since DMX passed away following a cocaine-induced heart attack. The 50-year-old was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York after suffering a reported drug overdose, and was briefly placed on life support before he died.
“Save the date! On April 9th please join the Ruff Ryders Family as we celebrate and remember our brother DMX and all our fallen Soilders with our NYC Ryde Out!” the late rapper’s label and crew wrote on Instagram.”
The post added: “Please bring all your family and friends for a day full of food, fun, games and music. More details information to come.”
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During the rapper’s memorial service at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2021, Swizz Beatz said he wished people had shown DMX more support while he was alive.
“Words can’t describe our loss, but our gain is heavy as well because we got a real serious person upstairs that’s looking down on us, and that’s going to guide us through our journey,” he said. “I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here. You got thousands of people claiming who they are and tickets and things like that.”
He continued: “This man needed everybody. He didn’t need everybody when he’s not here, he needed everybody when he was here. We have to learn to celebrate each other while we’re here … I don’t want y’all to show up to my shit when I’m gone, unless you was showing up while I was here.”
As devastating as DMX’s passing was, it inspired the late rapper’s daughter to raise awareness about drug addiction and the use of fentanyl in the United States.
According to a video posted to a GoFundMe page, DMX’s 10-year-old daughter Sonovah Hillman Jr. said that she had attended a 10-week program facilitated by Drug Abuse Resistance Education [D.A.R.E.], where she was schooled about the dangers of drugs and the ultimate addiction that would follow.
She said she’s preparing a four-part docuseries that will focus on the opioid epidemic in America.
In other DMX news, Lil Wayne also paid homage to the legendary rapper on his new song “Kan’t Nobody,” which dropped on February 24. The new single, which was produced by Swizz Beatz, features a rework of DMX’s “N-ggaz Done Started Something” from his 1998 debut It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot.