Kanye West raises $1million for rapper’s family after Balenciaga tribute T-shirts sell out in 24 hours

KANYE West has helped raise $1million for the family of the late rapper DMX through the sale of Balenciaga tribute tees – that sold out within 24 hours.

West teamed his brainchild Yeezy brand with the high fashion house to design the t-shirt, that was snapped up by fans after going on sale during DMX's memorial service this weekend.


The $200 tees reportedly raked in over $1million, which will all benefit the family of the rapper and actor DMX or Dark Man X, whose real name was Earl Simmons.

The black long sleeve t-shirts feature an image of the 50-year-old, who passed away on April 9, and is emblazoned with crosses and the letters "RIP".

Each sleeve also honors DMX's life, with one sporting the date he was born and the other the date of his death.

After it was announced on DMX's Instagram page that "Balenciaga has been asked by Yeezy to design a t-shirt in tribute", they went on sale on the DMX-tribute.com website before selling out in a single day.

West, a close friend of Simmons, also led the tributes with his Sunday Service choir during a performance at the Brooklyn memorial.

He was joined by rappers Nas and Swizz Beats, who performed along with Eve, Jadakiss, Styles P and Drag-O -original members of the hip-hop collective Ruff Ryders – which launched DMX toward stardom, to pay tribute to the much-loved musician.

The 43-year-old kept a low profile at the ceremony, but seems to have been a pivotal organiser behind the scenes.


He reportedly helped design the extraordinary stage set up for Saturday's service, after recruiting renowned visual artist Akeem Smith to help bring his vision to life.

In an emotional speech, DMX’s eldest son, Xavier Simmons, told the crowd: "our father is a king, our father is an icon.

"I am so honoured to have a father like we have. This man deepened my ability to love."

DMX had suffered a heart attack at his home in White Plains, New York, which has been attributed to a drugs overdose but this has not been confirmed by his family.

He leaves behind 15 children.

DMX was laid to rest on Sunday during a private funeral service following the memorial.

Only friends and family were invited to Sunday's service in Brooklyn Christian Cultural Center, which was streamed live by BET.

A proclamation from the New York State Senate declared the rapper's birthday, December 18, Earl “DMX” Simmons Day.

Governor Andrew Cuomo also had the flag flying over the state capitol on the day of DMX’s death presented to his family.

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