Three months following DMX‘s death, a mural paying tribute to the late rapper was unveiled on Tuesday morning in his hometown of Yonkers, New York.
The honorary artwork will live in the parking lot of the Calcagno Houses, a municipal housing complex that DMX once called home.
The tribute was created by Floyd Simmons — a New York-based artist who also designed Big L‘s Harlem mural and painted the hood of a ‘64 Impala for Mariah Carey‘s “Heartbreaker” music video. Simmons restored a pre-existing, weathered mural and employed input from local residents, family members of DMX and the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers in order to appropriately shape the new design.
The mural’s unveiling comes three months after Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano announced a desire to honor the hip-hop legend with a “lasting gesture,” either through a statue, street name or mural.
DMX died at the age of 50 on April 9, after suffering from a heart attack the week prior. In a statement, the late rapper’s family said he passed away at White Plains Hospital “with his family by his side.”
“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.”