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Method Man, The LOX and Griselda Lead Powerful DMX Tribute at the 2021 BET Awards

Spliff Star, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz
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Spliff Star, Busta Rhymes, and Swizz Beatz perform onstage at the BET Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on June 27, 2021 in Los Angeles.

The LOX, Method Man and more hip-hop greats took the stage at the 2021 BET Awards tonight (June 27) to pay tribute to the late rap icon DMX, performing a medley of the Ruff Ryders superstar's biggest hits.

Beginning with Method Man performing an a cappella version of DMX's breakout 1998 single "Get at Me Dog," the Wu-Tang Clan rapper introduced the Griselda crew -- who performed their X collab "Hood Blues" from his posthumous album Exodus, and then a bit from his 2003 hit "Where the Hood At?" That was followed by actor Michael K. Williams appearing in a trademark DMX look with just a black A-shirt, camo pants and a chain, performing bits from turn-of-the-century X classics including "Slippin" and "What's My Name."

Then Swizz Beatz and the LOX took center stage to do the 1999 remix version of DMX's signature shout-along "Ruff Ryders Anthem," and finally, Busta Rhymes took the mic to lead all involved in a rendition of the rapper's first Hot 100 top 40 hit, 2000's "Party Up (Up in Here)." The performance concluded with an excerpt from "The Prayer IV," a spoken-word interlude off 2001's The Great Depression, as everyone on stage threw up the "X" sign.

DMX died in April at age 50, after experiencing organ failure stemming from a heart attack. His posthumous album Exodus was released on May 28, and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.