After several of late rapper DMX‘s albums reappeared on the Billboard 200 after news of his passing broke, three of his songs have now returned to another chart — the Hot 100.
The Grammy-winner’s “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” which he recorded in 1998, blasted up to the 16th spot this week, making it the song’s best showing on the chart to date. Its previous high was number 94, of which it obtained in February 1999.
Not only that, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” is now the late rapper’s highest-charting single, officially besting his previous record-holder, where he joined the The Lox on “Money, Power & Respect” that also included vocals from Lil Kim. The song peaked in 17th.
In addition, “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” also experienced an incredible surge in streams, up 477 percent — 16.6 million times — since his death was announced April 9.
X’s other singles reappearing on the Hot 100 are “Party Up (Up in Here)” at number 40 and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya” at 46.
Both songs experienced a surge in streams as well, up 402 and 486 percent, respectively.
DMX, real name Earl Simmons, last appeared on the Hot 100 in 2004 when he teamed with Yung Wun for “Tear It Up,” which peaked at 76.
His last solo effort to make it onto the chart was “Where the Hood At” in October 2003.
X died April 9 after suffering a heart attack at age 50. He spent a week on life support at White Plains Hospital in New York and never recovered.
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