DMX‘s Celebration of Life is about to begin in Brooklyn, and we’re live streaming what’s expected to be a very emotional memorial service.
The late rapper’s close friends and family are honoring him with a special service in the Barclays Center — an arena with special meaning for X.
The event is closed to the public due to the pandemic … while the venue can seat 19,000 people, capacity is limited to 10% under New York’s current COVID-19 protocols. We’re told X’s camp is playing it safe, and that means a relatively small crowd.
The service kicked off a little later than its original 1 PM PT start time — with things getting going at around 3:45 PM PT. Once the broadcast started, a poem/prayer recited by X himself was blared over the speaker system, which then led into an awesome opening number by a gospel choir, who sang a number of different hymns and songs … all while rocking hoodies.
After the moving performance, X’s casket was presented on stage alongside his widowed fiancee, Desiree Lindstrom, and his youngest child, Exodus. His other children eventually joined them on stage, and his final wishes of loving Jesus and family were relayed. Some of X’s children even got on the mic and spoke as well … delivering somber remembrances of their father. One of his younger sons read a eulogy from his phone, fighting back tears.
Later, one of X’s young daughters eventually got the mic herself, and delivered an awesome song of her own — rapping verses and a hook about her dad looking down on her from heaven, and how she’s learning to hold her head up amid the hard times. It was incredible.
DMX’s family is also planning a more private funeral service Sunday, at a church in the NYC area.
As we first told you … Yonkers’ Mayor, Mike Spano, welcomed the idea of X’s family holding the service at Yonkers Raceway, as DMX grew up in the city. While that didn’t pan out, we’re told there are still plans for X to be honored in his hometown … Spano says a statue or street name is being considered.
X took center stage at the Barclays Center back in June 2019, in what turned out to be one of his final big arena shows, and electrified the crowd with his trademark stage presence and his hits.
It’s been just over 2 weeks since DMX died following complications from a drug overdose and a week on life support.
That final week gave family members an opportunity to say goodbye, and gave fans a chance to celebrate his music outside White Plains Hospital and hold prayer vigils. They also started a makeshift memorial to DMX almost immediately after he passed.