Lil Wayne pays homage to DMX and recalls Cash Money/Ruff Ryders tour memories

Johnathan Mannion

Lil Wayne paid tribute to Earl "DMX" Simmons during his performance at Miami's Trillerfest on Saturday.

In a video shared by Got That Hip Hop on Instagram, the former Cash Money Records rapper recalled touring with the Ruff Ryders legend on a tour hosted by their record labels in 2000.

"We used to have so many artists, we didn’t have to have no opening acts ’cause we just needed another record label, and it was just us and them. So back then we went on this tour called The Cash Money/Ruff Ryders Tour," Wayne told the crowd. "Being from New Orleans, it’s so far away from New York and Cali and [stuff] like that. We didn’t know if it was real when we seen it on TV, the New York guys, the LA people. So when we saw DMX, we all fell in love."

Wayne went onto describe X as someone who talks "like how he rap, and you see this [man] is what he is. And you see this [man] got a zillion dogs with him, then a zillion dogs with him, it’s impossible not to be obsessed, infatuated...impressed, whatever."

"Ladies and gentleman, please make some noise for the late, great DMX," Wayne announced before performing his track, "Uproar." The song was produced by fellow Ruff Ryder and X's close friend, Swizz Beatz.

Lil Wayne and DMX bonded on the North American tour along with other Cash Money Records artists such as Juvenile and and Ruff Ryders Entertainment signees like Eve, The Lox and more.

During a February appearance on N.O.R.E's Drink Champs podcast, DMX revealed he planned to release a new album this summer featuring an appearance from Lil Wayne. 

DMX passed away April 9 after suffering a heart attack at age 50.


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