‘SNL’ Remembers New York Rap Legend DMX

SNL Remembers DMX (Credit: NBC)

Saturday Night Live paid tribute to late rapper DMX on this weekend’s episode.

The NBC sketch series flashed a graphic onscreen that read “DMX” alongside the New York rapper’s photo. During the end credits, SNL regular Chris Redd also held up a sign that said “R.I.P. DMX.”

DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died Friday at age 50 after suffering a heart attack, reportedly caused by a drug overdose.

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The “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” performer appeared as a musical guest on SNL in a 2000 episode hosted by actress Julianna Margulies.

In 1998, DMX released his first studio album titled “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot.” The multiplatinum-selling record debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and included the hits “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Get At Me Dog,” “Stop Being Greedy” and “How It’s Goin’ Down.”

SNL also took time on Saturday night to remember Anne Beatts, one of the show’s original writers from the 1970s.

Beatts died Wednesday, April 7 at her home in West Hollywood, California. She was 74.

She worked on SNL for five seasons and later created the cult classic 1982 sitcom Square Pegs that made Sarah Jessica Parker a household name.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Beatts also served as an executive producer on The Stephanie Miller Show and was a producer on the first season of A Different World.