The Ruff Ryders to the Rescue Foundation, an organization that helps urban communities in a variety of ways, focusing on the mind, body and soul; hosted “Prayer for DMX,” a vigil outside White Plains Hospital on Monday (April 5), where DMX is currently hospitalized in serious condition.
If it has not been clear to everyone, it is now highly evident that, being one of the OGs, Earl Simmons, known professionally as DMX, has had a tremendous impact not only on hip hop and culture in general, but also on life. of people.
Countless fans gathered around White Plains Hospital at 5pm EST on the day to pray for this New York legend. I was one of them.
There were many reasons why I decided to go to the vigil. The most important reason I attended was that my soul found it necessary to go to show love and support. Ever since I heard the news about DMX, my heart was broken. Knowing many people who were affected by drug addiction, he could not imagine the pain his family was going through. I have a great connection to music, especially hip hop, and I’m an entertainment advocate.
Growing up in the Bronx, the birthplace of hip hop, X was one of the artists I grew up listening to. “Lord Give Me A Sign” remains one of my favorite songs, and also a song that was blaring at the vigil after his family gave a speech. In fact, if you look up this clue on YouTube, one of the top comments from four months ago says, “You helped me with my addiction to painkillers 10 years ago.” X has always helped others while struggling with himself, whether he knew it or not.
The speeches of his friends and family were extremely emotional, bringing tears to the eyes of many, especially his fiancee, who was also present. It was heartbreaking to see the pain but it was also beautiful to see the support of everyone hugging each other; crying but raising her hands to the sky in the hope that X will improve in some way. One of the people on his team even told everyone in the crowd, including reporters, not to ask questions of his family and friends, but to ask him questions directly. He demanded that everyone respect them as they faced this tragedy.
“Let’s not forget to show love to each other as we show him. DMX would like us to show love to each other. Think of others and those who are by your side, ”said one of X’s friends.
Stephanie Reed, another friend of X’s and motivational speaker, delivered an emotional speech, asking God to help DMX saying:
“Lord God, by your strength you are here. No weapon formed against DMX Earl Simmons will prosper. Weapons will be formed, but they will not prosper. We thank God. We ask this Lord, God. We thank you for the father that he is. We thank you for the son that he is. We thank you for the brother that he is. God, we know that you are a miracle worker. We know that everything that doctors cannot do is right for you. God, you raised the dead, so this is nothing to you. God, we thank you today. I’m going to need everyone to put the X “.
It was at that moment that everyone put their hands to the sky and the MC’s presence was undeniably felt. Some people yelled “Get well soon” while others yelled “Prayers for DMX”. Then his music began to play in the air.
It was beautiful to see that through music and speech so many came together to send prayers for DMX healing. Praying for it to stay here with us longer, the energy was magnetic and it spoke loudly. He spoke of hope and he spoke of faith. We all have faith that X’s work isn’t done here yet, although, in the end, we know that it’s up to God, as the rapper’s faith in God was extremely strong.
It was clear that DMX meant a lot to everyone present. It was the epitome of getting through the fight over and over again. He fought demons for so long and still found a way to get ahead. And their struggles helped many.
“There was a time when DMX saved my life,” said one person at the vigil aloud in conversation with another.
“They didn’t think it was possible to mix the streets and God, but DMX showed us the way,” said another fan.
“He gave me strength. That’s what he did, ”admitted a following fan at the vigil.
Although there was pain present in everyone’s voice, there was great optimism and a widespread belief that X has much more to offer the world.
You would hear people on the street saying repeatedly, “God is not done with you yet” and “You have much more work to do on this Earth. You can not go “.
Watching people gather on both sides of the street, yelling “DMX” over and over again was powerful to say the least. The Ruff Ryders were also present, many of the team members riding their motorcycles and playing their music, revving their engines and singing their words out loud.
Lots of fans in their cars passed by, honking their horns and playing their music. People kept rapping him. You heard the music from the streets away, and it got louder and louder as you got closer. That in itself was poignant and metaphorical. The closer you get, the stronger the energy and vibrations.
It was beautiful to see people of different generations there. Not only did you see people who grew up listening to DMX, but you also saw a very young crowd. Seeing that, it showed that he had an impact on more than some on social media would like to admit. It was evident to see that many still respect those who helped build the foundations of hip hop. They respect and love DMX.
They say that prayer comes in all its forms. Last night, it came in the form of music, speech, unity, the letter X in the form of hand gestures and revving engines. We hope DMX is still alive to see it all. We know your spirit will feel it regardless. Love is the most powerful force in the world and that was proven. The power was felt in all of our souls.
One thing is for sure: this New York legend will live forever no matter what the outcome is. We continue to pray for the best.
Ruff Ryders and DMX for life.