There are some unknown facts about legendary Hip-hop star DMX which is worth knowing.
On the 9th of April 2021, American rapper, actor and songwriter DMX died after suffering from a heart attack which the family gave in detail to the public. A statement by the family of the rapper reads:
“We are saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name Earl Simmons, passed away at the age of 50 at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.
The family continued by talking about how he loved his family and how he fought a great battle till his last breath.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him”
While people pay homage through tributes and sweet messages to his family, we have gathered some interesting facts which you don’t know about DMX.
“DMX” is his stage name which means “Dark Man X”:
“DMX” is an initiative that means “Dark Man X”, which is also the stage name of the rapper. His real name is Earl Simmons. He was born on December 18th 1970 and passed away on the 9th of April, 2021.
He describes himself as a violent youth:
DMX, born Earl Simmons describe himself as a violent youth according to his autobiography. During his youthful days, he escaped an abusive home and lived his youthful life on the streets and with groups.
He aspires to be a pastor:
In an interview with a Bulgaria news sharing platform, 359HipHop that he is spiritual as opposed to religious, he further added that he wants to lead a congregation.
” I will not be a priest. I will be a pastor. I’m already a deacon. I will be a pastor, he said in an interview conducted while in prison that, he hoped to soon give his first sermon in a church setting.
” That’s gonna be like incredible for me and I hope it’ll be incredible for the congregation of that church. ” I hope I’m able to reach somebody you know and touch somebody and bring them closer to the Lord,” he said. He even said he had plans to release a gospel album.
He does not always rap seriously
Despite topping hip hop charts with his second album ” Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of My Blood”, rapper DMX also raps about silly things. He once covered the theme song of the television show ” Reading Rainbow,” and rapped “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” during a visit to a radio station.
He once did naked laps inside a hotel:
Celebrity news site TMZ 2013 posted a surveillance camera video of rapper DMX stark naked running laps in a Detroit hotel. He was not arrested for that and when TMZ questioned him, he replied “Imnotashamedofanythingigot”.
He had his share of legal problems:
Although he has made a name for himself, rapper DMX has always been in and out of court. In the year 1998, the manager of DMX was shot in the foot in New Jersey, and when police raided the rapper’s New Jersey home, the rapper was hit with charges ranging from animal cruelty, weapon and drugs possession. In 2013, he was pulled over in Los Angeles by the police and ended up getting arrested after he was seen with marijuana.
According to the LA Times, that was his third arrest that year. He was also involved in a Westchester bankruptcy court that year after his filing was rejected which he blamed his then-wife for.
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DMX got into the music industry in the year 1984:
Rapper DMX started his music career in the year 1984. After entering the industry, he used to beatbox for a local rapper name Ready Ron.
After serving time in prison, he began writing his lyrics and would perform at local REC centres, for younger children. After going to prison again in 1988, he began taking his music career seriously and always dedicated his free time to writing lyrics and rapping.
He started selling his music on the streets:
When rapper DMX was released from prison that summer, he started producing and selling his mixtapes where he raps on instrumentals from other songs and sell them on the streets. This helped him to build a strong local fan base all around New York.
He got signed to Columbia Records subsidiary label Ruff house:
DMX through his success and his fan base all over the world got signed to a Columbia Records subsidiary label Ruff house in the year 1992. Through this label, he released his debut single ” born loser”. He later released his second single “Make a Move” in 1994.
He was raised as one of a Jehovah’s Witnesses:
Earl Simmons popularly known as “DMX” was raised as one of Jehovah’s witnesses. He later became disillusioned with the faith, after his mum rejected an offer from an insurance company when he got hit by a drunk driver, while he was crossing the road in which he suffered some minor injuries.
It was after the incident, that the insurance company which works with the driver, wanted to reach an agreement with his mum for them not to sue the driver. DMX claimed his family could have received an amount of $10,000 after the settlement but his mum claimed their faith taught them to be self-sufficient.
He published a book of his memoirs:
DMX published a book of his memoirs which was entitled E.A.R.L: The Autobiography of DMX. It was in this book, that he wrote a lot about himself from his childhood to his hustling days. This book was published in 2003.
He starred in a reality series in 2006:
Earl starred in a reality series called DMX:Soul of a man. This reality series was scheduled to primarily air on BET Cable television network.
There are other facts which we did not include in this, but we hope the little ones here will make you know much about “Dark Man X”, From us to his family, we say may he Rest in Perfect Peace.
Rap legend, may his soul rest in peace