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DMX fans remember rapper’s sweet ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ cameo

DMX fans are celebrating the late rapper’s humorous bone.

The 50-year-old, gravel-voiced musician, who died Friday following an April 2 coronary heart assault triggered by a drug overdose, confirmed off his comedic supply in a 2015 episode of the Randall Park-starring ABC sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat.”

In the episode, Louis Huang’s (Park) son Eddie, performed by Hudson Yang, will get a part-time job pitching in at the residence of a brand new neighbor — DMX. But Eddie has quite a bit to study earlier than he jumps in.

“You look older in person,” Eddie tells him in the episode, titled “We Done Son,” to which a baby-cradling DMX responds, “Fatherhood ages you. I’m tired. Emotional. Crying. Yelling. Pulling up the same cotton commercial. It’s the fabric of our lives.” 

But when an excited Eddie says he can’t wait to clue in his mates about his new gig, the hip-hop legend forks over a multipage nondisclosure settlement for him to signal.

“Sorry, little man; can’t have you blowing up my spot,” he tells the upset child. “It’s the same one Oprah used on Stedman,” DMX provides, referring to Winfrey’s not often seen longtime accomplice, Stedman Graham. 

The Ruff Ryder then rattles off an inventory of chores for Eddie to tackle for his new child daughter, together with “baby-proofing the living room” and placing “lavender drops in her cloth diapers.” When Eddie asks why he doesn’t simply use disposable ones, an environmentally acutely aware DMX responds, “ ‘Cuz I ain’t trying to leave some big-ass carbon footprint.”

In one other, extra touching scene, DMX offers Eddie a tour of his orchid-laden personal greenhouse and presents the boy some strong relationship recommendation.

“When I first started growing orchids, I thought they needed the most expensive soil and lights to blossom. And they died,” the “Party Up (Up in Here)” singer tells Eddie whereas displaying off his floral bounty. “That’s when I realized that all they really needed was time and attention.”

DMX then attracts a connection between his horticultural know-how and easy methods to deal with girls.

“You don’t need to get your girl a gift,” he says. “You need to give her your time.”

That clip introduced a wistful response from Twitter consumer and obvious orchid-grower @CharlotteAbotsi, who shared it with a message of foreshadowing. “This morning I woke up to find the last petal of an orchid plant I’ve been trying to nurse on the floor,” she wrote in the tweet. “I should’ve known then. RIP DMX.”

That fast stint on “Fresh Off the Boat” apparently wasn’t DMX’s solely connection to sitcom life. During a 2017 episode of the discuss present “Hot Ones,” actress Gabrielle Union told host Sean Evans that DMX “loves” the Nineteen Eighties sitcom “The Golden Girls.”

“That’s a real fun fact,” says Union, who labored with him in the 2003 movie “Cradle 2 the Grave.” In the video, Union shares that DMX watched the present in his trailer on set — and invited her to affix him over beers. “We would have a Heineken — and sometimes a little Crown [Royal] — and we watched ‘The Golden Girls,’ ” she says, including, “And he would laugh hysterically.”

Union was also among the celebrities who weighed in on his passing Friday. “No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X’s family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating,” she tweeted, including prayer emojis and a black coronary heart.

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