DMX honored with a special tribute at the 2021 BET Awards

Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes and more perform moving medley of hits by the Grammy-nominated rapper, who died in April.

The 2021 BET Awards ended on a bittersweet note, with an all-star tribute to rapper DMX. The tribute was curated by friend and longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz, as reported by TheGrio.

The annual award ceremony closed with an ‘In Memoriam’ montage of Black creatives who have passed away since the previous award show, including Cicely Tyson, Chadwick Boseman, and Paul Mooney. The last image in the montage was of DMX, who died at the age of 50 on April 9 after suffering a heart attack, as reported by TheGrio.

Method Man began the tribute, performing an a cappella version of “Where My Dogs At,” the first single from DMX’s 1998 number one album, It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. As the Wu Tang MC spit the verse, he was flanked by Ruff Ryders Records founders and Swizz Beatz’s uncles, Joaquin “Waah” Dean and Darrin “Dee” Dean.

From there, the tribute continued with Buffalo’s Griselda Records rappers Conway The MachineWestside Gunn, and Benny The Butcher performing their new collaboration with DMX, “Hood Blues,” which is featured on his final album, Exodus, released on May 28.