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DMX Shines Bright At Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival After Disappointing Week

DMX Shines Bright At Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival After Disappointing Week

Roots Picnic 2016 Was Non-Stop Revelations + Surprises w/ Usher, DMX, Will Smith + More! [Photo by Mel D. Cole for Okayplayer + Village Slum]

Photo Credit: Mel D. Cole for Okayplayer + Village Slum.

After being arrested for tax evasion, DMX showcased rare peak form during his performance at this year’s Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

Earl Simmons, better known as Dark Man X or DMX, had fans leery as to whether or not he was going to come with the raw styles during the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Why, you ask? Well, the former Def Jam Records rapper was arrested on Thursday (July 14) for tax evasion, leaving many to wonder out loud if he would be released in time to serve as a headline act for the BKHHF.

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Yet, at 6:35 p.m., DMX hit the stage with “They Don’t Know” blaring through the speakers. Exuding the same energy and focus that he did during the Ruff Ryders’ 20th anniversary concert, X was candid, spiritual and forthright throughout. “I almost didn’t make it to this motherf—er, but when God is for you, no one can be against you,” X told the crowd.

He would do almost insane things that brought the crowd off their rockers. From climbing up the speakers and performed an electrified version of “Ruff Ryders Anthem” to a menacing rendition of “Get At Me Dog” to issuing out a tearful sermon that made grown men well up with water in their eyes. “I’m a walking, living, breathing testament of what God can do,” he professed. The prayerful admission to the crowd led to his final song, “Slippin’,” a cut that he dedicated to his “warriors,” before delivering a stirring closing pray to end his set.

WATCH: DMX Perform “Up In Here” During The 2016 Roots Picnic

With fellow rap purists such as The LOX and Rakim also gracing the stage for the 13th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival — this year’s line-up was designed to cater to hip-hop lovers of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.

Watch a brief look at DMX’s performance below:


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