DMX, one of history’s most notorious yet iconic rappers, has died at 50 years old.
A statement released by his family read, “we are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of 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.”
According to attorney Murray Richman, DMX had been hospitalized since this past week after suffering a heart attack while at his home in New York.
Actor Chris Redd tweeted, “My childhood and love for music would not have been the same without this man. DMX was easily my favorite artist growing up. I had every album, every ruff Ryder song, followed any artist he endorsed. Man….RIP the dog. There will never be another like him.”
DMX (short for Dark Man X), started his rapping career back in the early 1990s. It wasn’t until 1998 that he released his debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot.”
As his fellow rappers died before he made any noise on the scene, including Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G., he became one of the biggest names in hardcore hip hop. At the time, he was the biggest artist to sign onto Ruffhouse Records.
“Ruff Ryder’s Anthem,” one of his first hit singles, was the track that helped solidify his name in the commercial scene.
Over the coming years, DMX would release a number of albums, one of the most successful being, “… And Then There Was X.” This particular album received a Grammy nomination in 1999 for the category of best rap album. In his career, this marked one of three Grammy nominations.
Over his lifetime, DMX sold millions of albums. His fame grew exponentially after hits like 1998’s “Get At Me Dog,” 1999’s “Party Up,” and 2003’s “X Gon’ Give It To Ya.”
As his fame in the rap world grew, so did his fame in the acting world, as he appeared in multiple films including “Cradle 2 The Grave” and “Romeo Must Die.”
Struggle With Addiction
DMX’s bountiful career was often overshadowed by his legal and substance abuse issues. In 2017, the rapper pleaded guilty to tax fraud and spent a year in prison.
In 2019, DMX sought out treatment for his addiction after canceling a planned concert tour, noting that he needed to put “family and sobriety first.”
In an interview with GQ that same year, he said “I just need to have a purpose. And I don’t even know that purpose, because God has given me that purpose since before I was in the womb, so I’m going to fulfill that purpose … whether I want to or not, whether I know it or not, because the story has already been written. If you appreciate the good, then you have to accept the bad.”
In 2020, DMX appeared in a Verzuz battle with fellow hip hop star Snoop Dogg, which thrilled many long-time fans.