DMX Shared a Special Memory of Aaliyah Just Before His Death

Ever since the news of DMX’s death, fans have been sharing their fondest memories of him. While some have focused on certain music and film moments, others have looked back on more personal things like DMX and Aaliyah’s friendship.

Over the years, DMX made sure to keep her memory alive by sharing stories that highlighted her character, talent, and the joy she brought to others in her lifetime. His last comments on the singer came just before his death in which he opened up more about some of the times they spent together.

A side-by-side photo of rapper DMX and singer Aaliyah
(L-R): DMX and Aaliyah|Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Live Nation,Sal Idriss/Redferns

How DMX and Aaliyah’s friendship began

As DMX once explained to The Juice (via Billboard), he and Aaliyah became friends when they worked on Romeo Must Die (2000) and its soundtrack, which included the collaboration “Come Back in One Piece.”

“When I was on tour, she and Joel Silver came to my dressing room to see if I wanted to be a part of the movie,” he explained. “Most people would have their people call, but she came herself. I’m like, ‘Is this a trick question? You have to ask me if I want to be in a movie with Aaliyah? Hell yeah.’ We [then] met up in Vancouver to [do] Romeo Must Die.”

“She had a presence on TV that was incredible,” he continued. “It was sexy but kind of gangster.”

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Aaliyah helped him feel ‘more comfortable’ on set

Reflecting on their time together on set in a February appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, DMX said Aaliyah was easy to talk to and credited her for making him feel less nervous.

“She was a beautiful person, man,” he said. “Beautiful person, down to earth, cool as sh*t, made me feel really comfortable. Like I said, I had that same hesitation when I met up with her and did the movie ‘cause that was my next movie [after 1998’s Belly]. I was a little nervous, she made me comfortable, we laughed a little bit, like, ‘Okay, all right.’”

After the movie was completed, he and Aaliyah kept in touch. They even attended an award show together in Los Angeles, which DMX admitted was a big ego boost for him.

“I already had something crazy, you know, like, I was getting a Benz, a Ferrari or something. I was like, ‘Nah, I gotta go get the Rolls Royce for this situation. ‘We’re going together? Okay, gotta pull that Rolls out and make everybody mad!’” he continued.

Sadly, Aaliyah died a short while later

Aaliyah died in August 2001, when her plane tanked in the Bahamas, where she’d just completed the video for her song “Rock the Boat.” DMX later delivered an emotional tribute to the singer featured at the beginning of the video for the song “Miss You.”

“Dearest, sweet Aaliyah. I have trouble accepting the fact that you’re gone. So I won’t,” he began. “It’ll be like we went for awhile without seeing each other. But I can understand why God would have wanted you close to him. Cause you truly were an angel on earth. In my own special way, I love you and miss you.”

Ironically, after his death on April 9, many said on social media that the same message could be applied to DMX. May both he and Aaliyah rest in peace.