Earl Simmons, 50, died Friday from Groff, Yonkers, NY, better known as DMX. He spent the last days of his life at White Plains Hospital in Westchester County on April 2 after suffering a heart attack.
DMX One of the most recognized MCs was in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Hardcore New York rap could still make a claim as a central concern of hip-hop.
Def Jam signed on for the recording, his first five albums debuting at number 1, a feat that no rapper would match before or after. DMX cut a unique figure for the superstar rapper: He fights with his inner demons Using horror-focused imagery by the heavy metal band, but their albums prayed heartily, often a cappella, praying to God. They made huge pop crossover hits, but they were full of wild threats better suited to the Grindhouse Theater. His screaming energy made him a favorite in Woodstock ’99’s Outside Anger and Nü-metal band Korn’s Family Values Tour, but he was also a shirtless sex symbol moonlight as an actor.
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Years later spent as a heartless Battle rapper, mixtape hustler and early source for The Source Magazine’s Unsigned Hype Column, the DMX and nascent Rough Rider label released the much-heard “Born Loser” with a 12-inch record . Soon after, “Born Loss” became the only song released as part of DMX’s false debut with Columbia Records. DMX and rapper K-Solo both claimed a rhyme style, where different words are pronounced at the bar. For example, his 1990 hit “Spellbound,” K-Solo Rap “I spell very well / I only do magic” can all tell this. Following the success of “Spellbound”, DMX wrote the track while fuming in a Westchester prison cell. “Born Loss” was not a hit, but as a punchline rap where DMX makes the punchline itself, it would foreshadow the self-evident rhyme of rappers like Eminem and Fatlip: “They kicked me out of the shelter.” Because they said I smelled / looked small like the living dead and looked like a helter skelter. “
LL Cool J features Redman, Method Man, Cannibus and DMX, ‘4, 3, 2, 1’ (1997).
This single will be important for several reasons. This sparked the lyrical war between LL Cool J and Cannibus, perhaps the ultimate resulting wax battle held on real vinyl – soon such things were fought in the field of mixtapes and MP3s. And “4, 3, 2, 1” was the breakout single for DMX, then a new def Jaime Sinai, which holds its own against members of an elite MC. Here he elaborates on the death threat with the filmmaker’s eye: “Trust me when I tell you, don’t make me where no one can smell you.”
DMX features Shake Licht, ‘Get at Me Dog’ (1998)
In the mid-80s pop sample, big-budget video, and a general feeling of getting “jiggy”, DMX recorded its debut in the Jam Soul single. “I wasn’t with that pretty, happy-go-lucky everyone [expletive], “Said in DMX” EARL: Autobiography of DMX. “He said that Sean” Puffy “Coombs had put the radio on lock, club on fire, making people think that hip-hop was all about bright lights and bright suits and smiled all the way to the bank – X, on the other side. , Still lived in the dark. “” Dog at Get Dog “is pure, unfiltered unfiltered rhyming on the loop of disco-funk band BT Express. If it sounds like a mixtape rap, it’s begun: beat and Hook was part of a freestyle for DJ Clu. The song not only introduced DMX as a solo artist, but also introduced his trademark barking and rising, sounds inspired by his beloved Pitbull. Movies – a black-and-white affair directed by Hype Williams – was filmed at New York’s hip-hop meeting Ground Tunnel, where Funkmaster Flex held court on Sunday night. The song became one of the most loved “tunnel bangers”.
‘Rough Riders’ Anthem’ (1998)
The third single from DMX’s debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” was slightly brighter than its predecessors. He said that his rhyme was not inferior in any way and was violent – “It was done, shot it / Now you dearly departed,” he raps. But the song overshadowed the banging debut of producer Swizz Beatz, whose voice would eventually define the next few years of Rough Riders’ class: DMX, Eve, The Lox, Drag-On and Swizz Beatz’s solo work. Swizz Beatz told Vibe that it took a week to convince DMX to perform the song: “He was like,” I didn’t want that, I don’t want those blond-boy beats. “” Swizz Beyonce will produce the top 10 singles for Lil Wayne. TI and Busta rhymes, and co-found the popular quarantine era streaming battle Verzuz.
The rapper’s most famous story poem involves him interacting with the devil – a drama about fighting his own temptation. Producer Dame Greese said, “At the time, X was really in the dark and out of jail.” Told okplayer. “He told me he thought he was in hell, mentally, and could hear the devil talking to him. He wanted to find a way to recreate that feeling.” Also in 1998, “The Omen ( Damien II) “, which featured a guest role from shock-rocker Merlin Manson, a notable influence on hip-hop that influenced modern goth-tinging artists such as Travis Scott and Lil Uzi Vert. The second episode is “Damien III” (2001).
On this bloodshed, emotionally raw track, DMX faced his addictions with his troubled upbringing, his time at various institutions, and his calm eyes. It was a personal and vulnerable look at his life and his struggles in the vein of diaperist rappers like Tupac Shakur and Scarface. “X ‘was writing’ Slippin ‘for a while – six months, a year,” Rough Riders founder Joaquin “Wow” Dean Told the father. “He wanted this song to affect people’s lives.”
‘Party up (here)’ (2000)
Perhaps the most indelible DMX song, “Party Up (here)” features a playful, giddy chorus that speaks agile, serious garbage in verses. (“Listen, your ass is going to be missed ‘/ You know who finds you? Some old man’ DMX told GQ, Add, “beat is for club, I just spit some real [expletive] This durable track has been given a longer life for its use in films such as “Gone in 60 Seconds” and TV shows like “Mind Project”. Earl Simmons also has a writing credit in era-defining music “Hamilton” Due to an interpolation used in “Me Me Inside,” A song that details the conversation between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.
Alia featuring DMX, ‘Come Back in One Piece’ (2000)
The 2000 film “Romeo Must Die” was the first for R&B superstar Alia and the second for DMX. Although he does not play love interests in the film, he teamed up for this song from the soundtrack, a tune in the mold of the hip-hop-soul duet like Method Man and Mary J. Bleuze’s “I Will Be Will You Be For You. / You’re All I Need to Get Get By.” However, it almost refuses to meet R&B halfway like DMX: He’s an unpublished full-throated street. The narrative sings, while Alia plays the role of an unbridled partner who wants to protect her.
“Who We Be” is an AC / DC song list both political and personal, delivered with thugs. It was the third and final DMX song to be nominated for a Grammy, but it never ended up taking home one.
‘X Gone’ Give It to Ye ‘(2003)
Although it was a moderate hit when released as a single from the “Cradle 2 Grave” soundtrack in 2003, “X Gone ‘Give It to Ye” has finally emerged as the most popular DMX song of the streaming era, with its Thanks for the use of “Deadpool” movies and on television’s “Rick and Morty”. DMX intended it for their fifth album, “Grand Champion”, but, given its potential, “Cradle 2 Grave” producer Joel Silver intervened. It was certified platinum in 2017, almost 15 years after its release.