This was written the morning after I saw DMX perform at Irving Plaza in New York, April 1st, 2019. A day after the death of Nipsey Hussle.
It’s been a very emotional 36 hours. But seeing DMX on that stage last night reminded me the power love and determination holds.
His support system is amazing. I first noticed this years ago, when I heard Swizz Beats on a radio interview mention how unfulfilled he was until he saw X back on his feet and doing well again.
Swizz is a successful black man, with a beautiful wife and family. He’s also a big proponent of black art. This man seems to have it all and in my opinion deserves more credit for being a positive role model in the black community.
But he didn’t forget his “dawg”. His brother. His people. X said on stage himself, “I can’t lose” when referring to Swizz and the rest of the circle that has shown him nothing but support, love, and loyalty.
You can argue we, as a community struggle with the latter, but practicing the former two can get us there.
X’s fan base has tapered off as his issues have become more and more public. Some of my homies doubted he would perform to anyone’s satisfaction. He’s become a joke to some.
But after seeing how determined a prosperous and strong individual like Swizz was, I didn’t give up on him.
And whether he goes on to make more solid music and stay clean, or lets his personal demons get the best of him again, last night he looked healthy and was energetic. Last night he was back!
It was a personal escape after the death of Nipsey made it a mournful Monday. But my faith was restored to not give up on the people.
When it comes to supporting one another and building up our communities, we should all be as determined and optimistic as Swizz is to X, and like Nip was to Crenshaw.