What did Swizz Beatz mean by 'make a will' at DMX's memorial service? Fans say 'not one lie was told'

'You do not want strangers — bloodsuckers — handling your business when you’re not here', said the'Ruff Ryders' Anthem' producer


                            What did Swizz Beatz mean by 'make a will' at DMX's memorial service? Fans say 'not one lie was told'
Swizz Beats on stage at DMX's memorial service on April 24 (YouTube/DMX)
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DMX left an indelible impression on those who knew him. At his memorial service on April 24, the hip hop icon was honored by friends and family members who spoke about his legacy.  The roar of motorcycle engines blended with the thumping sounds of the rapper's hit songs like "What's My Name," "Party Up (Up in Here)" and "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" played at the memorial service which was live-streamed on DMX's YouTube channel. 

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Masked family members and friends honored his life together with a whittled-down audience of about 200 people at Brooklyn's Barclays Center which can seat up to 19,000. The melodies of Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir flooded the arena, shaking its walls. Artists, family and friends got on stage to acknowledge the impact the Ruff Ryders rapper had on their lives. Members of the Ruff Ryders music label like Eve, Swizz Beatz, Drag-On and founding member Joaquin "Waah" Dean shared the mic to express words of gratitude and lessons he taught them.

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What did Swizz Beatz say?

Swizz Beatz couldn't stop himself from praising DMX, his life, legacy and all he's done for them. Swizz Beatz, whose real name is Kasseem Daoud Dean, gave a heartfelt speech at DMX's funeral service. He expressed the importance of celebrating people while they alive instead of when they are gone.

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“Words can’t describe our loss,” the 'Ruff Ryders' Anthem' producer said. “But, our gain is heavy, as well, because we got a real serious person upstairs that’s looking down on us and that’s going to guide us on our journey… I just wish all of these people showed up for him when he was here. You got thousands of people claiming who they are, and [selling] tickets and things like that. This man needed everybody.” "I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here."

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'He needed everybody when he was here'

He added, “He didn’t need everybody when he [was] not here. He needed everybody when he was here. So, we got to understand how to celebrate each other while we’re here."

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The Verzuz co-founder went on to say that he did not want anyone to show up to his funeral when he was gone. "Unless you were showing up while I was here. I want to be sent off with the same love that I had when you were standing next to me."

"The things that I'm witnessing from my brother's passing, it's a big educational thing for me to learn. I'm glad that I got to see it at this age. A lot of people ain't your friends and a lot of people ain't your family."

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"And I need everybody to do a will. You have to do your will. You do not want strangers — bloodsuckers — handling your business when you’re not here. You want the ones that you love handling your business," he said. He added: "But, imma make sure my brother straight. Imma make sure my brother’s kids is straight and everybody in here better do the same, as well. ‘Cause this is not a fashion show, this is not a performance, this is a real-life day-to-day."

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'Vultures are circling, not one lie was told'

Twitter poured in with support and respect, saying there was no lie in what Dean had said. "Huge respect for @THEREALSWIZZZ on preaching the words that needed to be said. Too many leeches in the music industry, but even more so in our inner circles. Rap music industry is a huge example of that, time and time again," said a Twitter user. A fan shared a GIF saying 'No lies detected'. "Ok Swiss. Strangers in control. Y’all take care of his family. His children. Straight," said another.

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"Yes, he did. Not one lie was told. The vultures are circling and is he just letting them know he see them. He kept it straight Hundred points symbol with no chaser," a Twitter user said.


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