DMX Shares Memories of Aaliyah 11 Years After Her Death -- Exclusive
"Aaliyah is sincerely missed," DMX tells The BoomBox, his voice lower than the usual boisterous tone he delivers. Eleven years have passed since the iconic chanteuse's untimely death on Aug. 25, 2001, a date that marks an irreplaceable loss in the R&B spectrum.
X shared a bond with the One in a Million creator, having worked closely with her on the 2000 film "Romeo Must Die" and on the accompanying soundtrack, for which they recorded the memorable song "Come Back in One Piece." During the supporting video shoot, the rapper recalls a particular moment between the two that didn't sit so well with one onlooker.
"I had fun shooting that video," the 41-year-old Yonkers, N.Y., native admits. "My wife [Tashera Simmons] got mad because there was one scene I was sitting up on the bench and [Aaliyah] was sitting [below] between my legs. I had on a jean jacket, it was a little chilly, and [Aaliyah] just had on a T-shirt.
"I was rubbing her arms, warming her up... I just felt the eyeballs [from Tashera]. A wife can give you a stare that will burn the side of your head. It was like a magnifying glass with the sun on me [laughs]. But I wouldn't change a thing."
The memories DMX has of the lauded singer are both personal and positive. His youngest daughter, 1, shares Aaliyah's name -- a sign of appreciation for the impact the deceased performer had on his life. Years ago, he brought Aaliyah to an awards show in L.A. as his guest. The exact event slips the Undisputed MC's mind but a smile washes over his face as he speaks on how he saw himself as "the man" that day.
"When I found out [Aaliyah] would go to an awards show with me, I said, 'Alright I got to make the