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“Lord Give Me A Sign.” A Look Inside the DMX Vigil, in White Plains, NY.

By Rehan Sabri

“Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I can’t get up
Ay yo I’m slippin’ I’m fallin’ I gots to get up
Get me back on my feet so I can tear shit up
… I gots to get up.”

On Monday night, residents from all over Westchester County came together to uplift their beloved community activist and rapper, DMX.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was put on life support Saturday evening at White Plains Hospital, following an overdose. The overdose is believed to have triggered a heart attack for the 50-year-old rapper.

While he remains in critical condition, his fans and community have not missed a beat in their efforts of showing their support. The streets on Post Road, where DMX is currently staying, were and continue to be, overtaken by hundreds of heavy-hearted fans, who want both DMX and his family to know that they are in this fight with him, together.

Born in Mt. Vernon, but made a name for himself in Yonkers, Earl Simmons has been a champion of his community for decades. Over the years, he has continuously given back to his community through his unwavering activism: hosting countless food drives and youth events, always looking for the next best way to uplift the very place he calls home. And those same residents he once gave so much to, are now the ones trying to uplift him, off the hospital bed, in hopes of bringing him back home.

“He means a great deal to Westchester, NY. Back in the ’90s, most big-time rappers were based in the city. So, for Westchester to get one of their own, that’s a big thing and that means a lot … You can tell by all the people that are out here today,” E-Stillz, of ‘Ruff Ryder’ Biker Club, said.

“It is our duty. As residents of Westchester county, to come out here and support DMX,” Tri-State Jericho, who DJ’d the event, added.

With little known about the state of his condition; the future continues to be uncertain.

But DMX once rapped the words: “Lord Give me a Sign,” and when you see the scene outside of his hospital bed, a crowded closed-down street of over 500 people, all coming together to throw up the X sign, you slowly begin to realize … here is that sign.

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