Ian Wright drops subtle tribute to rapper DMX live on Match of the Day

  • Rob Swan
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Ian Wright further cemented his status as one of football’s most loved pundits on Saturday night after dropping a subtle tribute to rapper DMX live on Match of the Day.

DMX tragically passed away on April 9, five days after suffering a heart attack. He was just 50 years old.

The US chart-topping artist, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was responsible for classics such as Party Up (Up in Here) and X Gon' Give It To Ya.

Another DMX hit was the 1998 song Ruff Ryders’ Anthem.

And MOTD viewers noticed Wright’s tribute to the late performer while he analysed Leeds United’s 2-1 away win over Manchester City on Saturday.

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“They beat the champions-elect - how?” Gary Lineker asked the former Arsenal star.

Wright responded: “They stopped them, dropped them, opened up the shop on them, to be honest.”

The MOTD pundit got the reference in perfectly, without giving anything away with his facial expressions.

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He then said: “You like that?” when Lineker commented “nice tribute”.

Watch the clip here…

Superb. How could anyone not love Wrighty?

For those a little confused, with no idea what Wright was talking about, Ruff Ryders’ Anthem opened with the lyrics: “Something new… Stop, drop, shut 'em down, open up shop.”

The clip soon went viral on social media and here’s how viewers reacted…

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As the original tweet says, we must protect Ian Wright at all costs.

A great pundit but an even better bloke.

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