The death of rapper Earl Simmons, known worldwide as DMX, shook the world of basketball in the United States, where there is a powerful cultural link between the courts and hip-hop culture.
“4L!! Rest In Paradise LEGEND!!”, twits the star LeBron James on his Twitter account, along with a photo of classics of the genre such as DMX – Party Up (Up In Here) or Get at me Dog.
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❌4L!! Rest In Paradise LEGEND!! 🐕🐕 pic.twitter.com/Y0m0DVl5Up— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 9, 2021
Like King James, several stars of the National Basketball Association (NBA) said goodbye to DMX as if they were someone close to him, and in some way, he was, as many came out of the hostile environment that inspired the lyrics and attitude of the artist.
Simmons was 50 years old, and from April 2 he was hospitalized in a vegetative state after a heart attack apparently caused by a drug overdose.
“DMX gave hope to the hopeless.. RIP legend,” tweeted Jamal Crawford, a Shooting guard who played 20 years in the mighty American League, where he went through nine teams where he shone with his mind-blowing street style.
DMX gave hope to the hopeless.. RIP legend 🙏🏾— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) April 9, 2021
Rip DMX ❤️ pic.twitter.com/ckdrJKIZdo— TwterTok (@TwterTok) April 9, 2021
Younger ones such as Trae Young, Isaiah Thomas, and Bradley Beal also left mourning messages on their profiles, as well as retired stars who shared with DMX the BIG3 Veterans League adventure, such as Quentin Richardson.
“DMX gave us anthems,” confessed forward Kevin Garnett, a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, in his autobiography, who came to the league at just 19 and found inspiration in the harsh lyrics, the harsh rhythm, and the “barking” from the vocalist.
DMX’s career was marked by his addictions and problems with the law, with drug crimes, tax fraud, non-payment of child support, resistance to arrest and animal cruelty for organizing pit bull fights, for which he served in prison.
His great success came at the end of the 20th century, with hits such as It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and And Then There Was X, which topped the U.S. charts at the height of hip-hop culture and the emergence of rock variants such as nu-metal.
Artists such as Bono, Mariah Carey, LL Cool J and Ice T expressed their sorrow at the death of Simmons, who was currently working on a new album and film.