DMX, burst onto the Hip-Hop scene like no other, and became one of the biggest stars the entertainment industry has ever seen. DMX has died at age 50, according to a statement from his family. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, had been hospitalized since April 2.
“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” his family said. “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.”
DMX released his debut album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, in May of 1998. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album became a classic of 1990s hip-hop, establishing DMX’s signature raspy vocals and often bleak subject matter. Despite this, DMX was a spiritual man and would offer prayers before performing.
DMX worked tirelessly and in December of 1998, when he released “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood” became only the second rapper in history to have two albums in the same year hit No. 1.
Listening to podcasts and reading comments from the people who listened to DMX’s music is really touching. Although he had his struggles, DMX was able to touch countless people through his music. DMX will forever be one of the best the world has ever seen.