Following the tragic death of rap icon DMX, his home state has officially moved to declare a day in his honor.
The Fader reports that the New York State Senate will officially consider the late rapper’s birthday, December 18, as DMX Day across the state.
The announcement came from community activists Priscilla Echi and Erica Ford during the rapper’s “Homegoing Celebration.” The event was not open to the public on Sunday, but it aired live on BET. There was a celebration on Saturday as well, which streamed on YouTube and featured appearances from Kanye West and his Sunday Service choir, Nas, Swizz Beatz, Eve, and more.
“Our New York State Senate has called December 18 Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons Day,” Echi said during the service. “His lyrics were rapped on the Senate floor by Senator Jamal Bailey who introduced a resolution in his honor. He also has proclamations from Mayor Spano and Mayor Shawn Patterson Howard.”
Senator Bailey offered his own words on the rapper’s legacy last week while co-sponsoring the resolution to honor him. “In New York, we have our own hip-hop royalty. He’s the Earl of Westchester County. He is DMX, he is one of the greatest hip hop artists that we will ever know,” he said. “May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.”
Watch the video of Sen. Bailey’s remarks, including how DMX’s music came into his life at a pivotal time for him below: