Tributes for DMX are coming in from all over, including the music and sports world, came pouring in and as the days go on, many are still finding their own ways to honor him with the latest being Saturday Night Live.
In the bit, Kenan Thompson, Ego Nwodim, Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat played four Minnesota anchors discussing the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd, and racial inequities in the justice system during a news segment.
Unable to come to an agreement after much back and forth, McKinnon’s Joanne changed the subject. “We lost royalty yesterday,” she began, referencing the death of Prince Phillip, who died at age 99 on Friday, the same day as the Ruff Ryders MC.
“Yes, the rapper DMX died,” Nwodim said to cheers from the audience.
“I was talking about the prince,” corrected McKinnon’s Joanne.
Flabbergasted, Nwodim informed her fellow anchor, “Girl, Prince been dead!”
Moffat’s Craig then informed her and Thompson that they were discussing Queen Elizabeth II’s husband of 73 years. Nwodim and Thompson were still confused, wondering if they were discussing “Megan Markles’ boyfriend” or a king.
Still not on the same page, the four anchors moved on to another topic they figured everyone could agree on: Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is being investigated for alleged sex trafficking. There were no disagreements, until Chris Redd’s weatherman chimed in to end the sketch.
Later on in the show, as the program returned from its final commercial break, a photo of DMX — born Earl Simmons — appeared on the screen, along with his stage name. After host Carey Mulligan said her thank yous, Redd held up a simple handwritten sign that read “R.I.P. DMX.”
The 50-year-old rapper last performed on the show in February 2000 during its 25th season, when Julianna Margulies hosted.
Watch the cold open below, and see Redd’s tribute.
DMX’s came on a pair of occasions later in the show. The first came with a photo SNL put onscreen of the rapper and his stage name following a commercial break, the image from when he himself performed on the show back in 2000 where he performed “What’s My Name” from his 1999 album, … And Then There Was X.. Lastly, after host Carey Mulligan delivered her thank yous to the audience and viewers, Chris Redd held up a handwritten sign that read “R.I.P. DMX” in black lettering.
— Eric Diep (@E_Diep) April 11, 2021