The world lost a rap legend and pop culture icon on Friday when Earl “DMX” Simmons passed away at just 50 years of age. Many have gone to social media to offer their condolences, as the rapper played a vital role in the upbringing of many.

One of those people was none other than Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James:

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DMX hit it big in the music industry in 1998 after releasing two debut albums that year. “Flesh of My Blood, Blood of my Blood” and “It's Dark and Hell is Hot” launched DMX into vast popularity immediately. With songs like “X Gon' Give It To Ya,” “Party Up,” “Ruff Ryders' Anthem,” and “Where The Hood At,” DMX provided some of the most popular songs during the prime of his rap career.

LeBron James very likely listened to DMX growing up as a kid and beyond. James' younger years were during that era when DMX was at his peak. Offering his condolences makes sense, as it's highly likely LeBron has used the rapper's music to get mentally prepared for games.

DMX had been battling for his life after suffering a heart attack, which was reportedly caused by a drug overdose. After he was prematurely reported dead on Thursday, DMX eventually passed away on Friday, April 9, leading to all these tributes from people from all walks of life. There tributes will surely continue to pour in over the coming days.

Rest in peace to Earl Simmons, or as LeBron said, rest in paradise.