The song arrived earlier today (April 9) prior to the confirmation this evening that the 50-year-old rapper had passed away after suffering a “catastrophic cardiac arrest” last week.
‘X Moves’ saw DMX team up with Collins, Paice and Yes/Asia guitarist Steve Howe. You can hear the track below.
Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera, who co-produced the track, said in a statement that was issued prior to the rapper’s death: “As ‘X Moves’ shows, he is still one of the most innovative and original hip-hop artists around. Our hearts go out to all of DMX’s family, friends and supporters.”
Bootsy Collins also shared a short statement about the track on his Twitter account earlier today, which you can see below.
U never know when, (Everythang is as it Should Be) will come into Play! Click here: https://t.co/5zVCgaB2i9 (I haven't heard the final but his voice alone is worthy)! Bootsy baby!!!🤩🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) April 9, 2021
DMX’s death was confirmed in a statement issued by his family and representatives this evening.
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” his family said.
“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.
“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX.”