Hip hop will never be the same again. If you’re over the age of 30, you’ve most likely snapped your fingers to one of DMX’s hits. Unfortunately, a legend transitioned on Friday and the world mourned a powerful soul. Earl Simmons known as DMX had a history of drug abuse and mental health issues. However, he always talked about his spirituality and was very close to a higher power who he acknowledged as God. After suffering an overdose, and being revived three times. TMZ reported that he had no brain function whatsoever after being deprived of oxygen for almost half an hour. The function of his brain was never regained. Ultimately, by Thursday, his organs began failing. He passed away while on support in a hospital located in New York.
Moreover, a rep for his family told TMZ, “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one. DMX, birth name Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the end”.
The statement continues, “He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DM. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized”.
Who Is DMX, You Ask?
Born in Baltimore, MD Earl always carried a hard core persona. He donned super saggy jeans, was tatted up from neck down with a bald head. His lyrics were about everyday happenings with b***s and ni**as in the hood.
I remember back in the 90’s feeling good and seeing the world through rose colored glasses listening to DMX on my headphones. The alpha male rapper, embodied a dog/pitbull persona, incorporating his own signature barking noises in his songs.
History & How It All Started
While incarcerated, he met Ready Ron in the 80’s. Ultimately, when he was released from prison, he set his passions on his purpose. Hittin the grind, he was signed to Columbia Records’ Ruffhouse record label. DMX appeared on tracks with A-listers such as Kanye West, Future, Jay-Z and a host of other high profile entertainers.
In 1998, he produced the group Ruff Ryders, known in history as one of the greatest hip hop songs ever and ended up on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, selling over 70 million albums globally.
You can’t forget his chiseled physique when he played Tommy “Buns” Brown in the great classic movie Belly. Landing several movie roles, he’s played in “Romeo Must Die”, “Exit Wounds” and “Cradle 2 Grave”. The list actually goes on and on for a few more movies roles he was apart of.
In July 2020, fans worldwide watched as legends DMX and Snoop Dogg faced off in a Verzuz battle. Ultimately, the show garnered over 500,000 viewers on Instagram Live.
DMX is survived by 15 children, and his fiancee Desiree Lindstrom.