The state of New York is honouring a hip-hop pioneer, officially announcing that December 18 – the birthday of rapper DMX – will forever be known as Earl ‘DMX’ Simmons Day.
The news comes after DMX recently lost his life, and was revealed by Erica Ford, the co-founder of an organisation called Life Camp which helps to prevent the rising cases of gun violence.
Confirming the plans, community activist Priscilla Echi explained: “His lyrics were rapped on the Senate floor by Senator Jamal Bailey who introduced a resolution in his honour. He also has proclamations from Mayor Spano and Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard.”
Ford, adding to the news, stated: “From the governor’s office, we have the flag that was flying the day that he died to be presented to his family. We have a citation from the governor’s office for his oldest son and one for his father.”
The news comes after Senator Bailey also delivered a deep tribute to DMX, rightfully describing him as a leader of the genre: “In New York we have our own hip hop royalty,” Bailey said. “He’s the Earl of Westchester County.
“He is DMX, he is one of the greatest hip hop artists that we will ever know. Phenomenal actor, phenomenal for the culture. Someone who gave us so much in the hip hop generation.
“As a kid whose been raised by hip hop, I am grateful not just for the accomplishments that DMX has given, but I’m more happy about the impact that Earl Simmons left on the world. May he rest in peace and may his memory be a blessing.”