DMX Tribute Will Air During The BET Awards


Beloved rapper DMX will be honored with a special tribute at the 2021 “BET AWARDS” on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at 8 pm. The tribute is being curated by producer Swizz Beatz, who had a longstanding friendship with the late musician, and will include standout performances from Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Swizz Beatz, Griselda, and a special appearance by Michael K. Williams. BET will celebrate the life and music of DMX from his early beginnings with iconic hip hop label, Ruff Ryders to now by debuting a new song from DMX’s upcoming posthumous album, EXODUS.


“We look forward to celebrating DMX’s indelible mark in music and pop culture. DMX inspired fans around the world with his signature raspy voice, the delivery of raw emotion through his lyrics and performances, and his giving spirit. We are proud to pay our respects to a hip-hop legend on our biggest stage, the BET Awards,” said Connie Orlando, Executive Vice President of Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy. 

Video choreographer and R&B and hip hop veteran Fatima Robinson will act as creative director and the tribute will include some of DMXs iconic hits:

  • Slippin’
  • Party Up
  • What’s My Name?
  • Where the Hood At?
  • MY N**** / X Gon’ Give It to Ya
  • Get at Me Dog
  • Ruff RydersAnthem
  • DMX Prayer


 Themes of redemption weave throughout EXODUS, the first Def Jam album by DMX in 18 years, since 2003’s Grand Champ.  The new album shares its name with DMX’s son Exodus Simmons.  The album artwork is by original photographer Jonathan Mannion, who captured some of the most iconic images of DMX throughout his career. @BETAWARDS