‘I’m Devastated’ – Lewis Hamilton Pays Tribute to Childhood Hero and American Rapper DMX

Published 04/10/2021, 1:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second place Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


It was a rather gloomy Friday for the entire field of music, as American rapper Earl Simmons, aka DMX, succumbed to a heart attack at the age of 50. And as the news reached the public ears, a handful of celebrities, including Lewis Hamilton paid tribute to the world-famous rapper.

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The 7-time world champion took to Twitter to reveal the kind of impact DMX made to his “difficult” childhood years.

I’m devastated to wake up to the death of DMX. I grew up listening to him, his words and stories got me through some difficult times as a kid and I’m so grateful for his wisdom and light. Gone too soon but I hope on to a more peaceful place.

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“Rest in peace DMX,” Hamilton wrote on his Twitter handle.

Simmons suffered a heart attack on April 2 and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, he remained unresponsive through a hard one-week battle amid his deteriorating health condition.

On April 9, Simmons’ family announced that he had passed away after spending over a week on life-support.

We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” the statement read.

Lewis Hamilton and his career as a rapper

It is a known fact that Hamilton has been into music apart from leading an astonishing career in Formula 1. But quite a lot may not be aware of the fact that the seven-time world champion is a rapper and also possesses his own stage name.

Popstar, Christina Aguilera, released an album called Liberation in June 2018. However, there was a mysterious name that featured in one of her songs from the album – Pipe. While her fans couldn’t recognize the mystery man, under the pseudonym, XNDA, Formula 1 fans managed to identify the voice.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on from the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Kenan Asyali – Pool/Getty Images)

Yes, it was Lewis Hamilton. Hence, as the buzz grew bigger and bigger each day, Hamilton finally stepped up after two long years to affirm the rumors.

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Well, I want to say XNDA is me. I am so grateful to Christina for giving me a place to use my voice,” he wrote on social media in 2020. “I have so much gratitude and respect for her and what’s she done in the business.

A year has gone by now, and Hamilton is finally reaching the business end of his racing career.

So, with such a strong base in music, will the Briton feature himself in more songs under the stage name, XNDA, following his F1 retirement? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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