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Read Ms. Lauryn Hill’s Touching Tribute to DMX

DMX Tribute from Ms. Lauryn Hill

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“Traumas are used to generate so much for so many.”

Yesterday, hip-hop lost another one-of-one in the passing of DMX. Within moments of the news breaking, peers, family, and fans, flooded social media with tributes and remembrances, capping an emotional week of praying for his recovery from a heart attack.

Last night, Ms. Lauryn Hill added her words to the chorus of commemorations to DMX in a touching note that acknowledged their shared battles with the music industry. “I have a lot of frustration when it comes to how artists are treated,” Ms. Hill wrote in a thoughtful Instagram post (see below.) “The willful neglect, the energy made to sabotage and block, the attempt to addict for the sole, selfish purpose of containing and controlling the essential expression of artists, the agendas that put commercial gain over everything without serious regard for the well-being and care of the people whose gifts, abilities, experiences and traumas are used to generate so much for so many,” Ms. Hill added before wishing the rapper’s family and loved ones peace and healing in the wake of his death. 

DMX was hospitalized on Saturday, April 3rd, in White Plains, NY after an apparent overdose caused him to go into cardiac arrest. The rapper was then put on life support and underwent testing throughout the following week as fans anxiously awaited updates on his condition. Finally, on Friday, the rapper’s family released a statement announcing his death. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever,” the family wrote.

Read Ms. Lauryn Hill’s full tribute to DMX below.

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