Giant DMX mural unveiled in late rapper’s hometown of Yonkers

An artist has paid tribute to DMX – who died of a heart attack in April of this year – with a large mural in his hometown of Yonkers, New York.

Floyd Simmons (no relation to the rapper, real name Earl Simmons) began working on the mural back in May on a wall close to Calcagno Homes on School Street, the public housing complex where the late DMX once lived.

It was unveiled to the public by Mayor of Yonkers Mike Spano earlier this week, with members of Ruff Ryders, Def Jam Records and the rapper’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom in attendance.

DMX mural in Yonkers
Artist Floyd Simmons, mayor Mike Spano, DMX’s fiancée Desiree Lindstrom, Ruff Ryders’ Darrin Dee Dean and Joaquin Waah Dean and more attend the unveiling of the DMX mural. Credit: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

The giant mural – 35 by 22 feet – features a portrait of X along with verses from songs like 1998’s ‘Look Thru My Eyes’, in which the rapper references the area: “Come through flyin’, up 129 / Up the School Street ’cause I come through mine.”

It also features lyrics from 2001’s ‘School Street’ and DJ Clue’s 1998 song ‘It’s On’, which X appeared on.

See images of the work in progress via Floyd Simmons’ Instagram below:

Last month, DMX was honoured with a star-studded performance at the 2021 BET Awards, featuring a host of MCs and actor Michael K. Williams. It was curated by X’s close friend Swizz Beatz, and featured contributions from Method ManBusta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Griselda and more.

DMX’s first posthumous album, ‘Exodus’, was released back in May of this year. His first studio album since 2012’s ‘Undisputed’, the record featured guest appearances from the likes of Swizz Beats, Jay-Z, Nas, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and more.