Earl Simmons, Snarling, is a well-known rapper known as DMX, a No. 1 album in the early 1990s and early 2000s, but whose personal struggles eventually boosted his lyricism, leading to his death on Friday in White Plains Done, NY He was 50 years old.
His family announced the death in a statement. He was on life support at White Plains Hospital After suffering, his family called it “a frightening heart attack” a week ago..
“The earl was a warrior who fought to the very end,” the Simmons family said. “He loved his family wholeheartedly, and we value his time spent with her.”
On April 2, Mr. Simmons suffered a heart attack at his home in White Plains. In the days that followed, his representatives said he was on life support “in a vegetative state”. Outside the hospital, Family and friends gathered Playing with hundreds of fans DMX Music Loud and praying, holding his arms in the shape of an X.
Mr. Simmons’ music was often maleistic and bleak, with occasional glimpses of Christian spirituality. He committed crimes, served time at various corrective institutions and battled drug addiction long before he released an album, and his troubled past revealed his gritty content and unusable childbirth.
They said that “Get me on the dog, “A breakout single from their 1998 debut album,” It’s Dark and Hell is Hot. “
“His throat catches a fuzzbox and a foghorn, and between the songs he grows up and barks,” John Pares the new York Times Wrote about a Simmons concert performance in 2000. “In his rap, gangsta life is a living hell, a constant test of loyalty and resolve.”
He rapped with an explosive rhythm “Party up, “Big Hit” from his 1999 album … And Then There Was X “;”Rough Riders Anthem, “A tribute to their record label on their 1998 album,” It’s Dark and Hell is Hot “; and a more introspective, brooding delivery on”Damien, “A story about making a murderous deal with a demonic beneficiary.
“Why do I think this is a bad every step?” Mr. Simmons asks in “Damien”. “Where are my guardian angels?” One is needed, I wish I had one. “
Mr. Simmons, who sold millions of records and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, was the first composer First five albums Reached number 1 On Billboard chart. He was the standout artist on the Rough Riders label, often rapping on tracks by star DJ and producer Swizz Beatz. Like a group composed of Eve, Drag-On and Lox, Jadakiss rappers, Styles P and Sheik Lauch, also recorded on the label.
Mr. Simmons was known to the existing concert audience. In 2000, the critic Elvis Mitchell wrote in The Times About his “notable and combative staged appearance” in the concert documentary “Backstage”, which follows rappers such as Jay-Z and Redman for him on the 1999 “Hard Knock Life” tour.
“Michelle and warm-blooded, she holds court in an eccentric fashion, practicing sheer force to pull the will power down herself and attract the attention of the crowd,” Mr. Mitchell wrote.
Mr. Simmons starred in Hype Williams’ 1998 gangster film, “Bailey” with rappers Nace and Method Man; Jet Li and R&B appeared in the 2000 action film “Romeo Must Die” with singer Alia; And starred in the 2001 action film “Exit Wound” alongside Steven Seagal. The BET cable channel took a closer look at his personal life with the 2006 reality series “DMX: Soul of a Man”.
The macho introduced in his music, Mr Simmons, a roadside man, was reinforced by repeated arrests on charges including fraud, assault, possessing weapons, possession of narcotics and driving under the influence.
He served prison in 2008 after pleading guilty to animal cruelty, drug possession and theft; In 2018 he was Sentenced to one year in prison For tax evasion.
He released several more albums over the years, including “Grand Champion” (2003) and “Undiscussed” (2012). But with the law constantly rushing in, he never achieved the success of his first days.
Born on December 18, 1970 in Mount Vernon, NY, Earl Simmons was the first and only child of Arnett Simmons and Joe Barker. He grew up in Yonkers, a city north of the Bronx that became a center of racial tension in the 1980s.
His father was a traveling artist he rarely saw, and his mother struggled to raise him and his half-sister Bonita in a violent neighborhood. In his memoir, “EARL: The Autobiography of DMX” (2002, with Smokey D. Fontaine), he wrote that he often had little food at home while he was growing up and had an innocent, warm temperament and disobedient children. As, she was often beaten by her mother and her lovers. (Information about his survival was not immediately available.)
Mr. Simmons committed crimes on the road after growing up, spending many of his childhood and adolescent years in homes or juvenile detention facilities, where, he wrote, he sometimes faced solitary confinement. He became a lone car thief and robber, he said, often using vicious dogs to intimidate victims.
“I was a straight stickup,” Mr. Simmons wrote. “I would rob three times a day: before school, after school and late at night.”
In the late 1980s he began performing as a beatboxer, creating beats using only his mouth, with a local rapper named Ready Ron. (He named the DMX from the Oberheim DMX drum machine, a model popular in the 1980s.) He said that when he was 14, Ready Ron introduced him to crack cocaine that Mr. Simmons thought Was that he is marijuana.
“I later found out that he had blunted the crack,” Mr. Simmons told rapper Talib Kweli Last year an interview. “Why would you do this for a child?” He became accustomed to it.
His long struggle with drugs, his childhood and his influence on his life informed his music – he titled “The Great Depression”, a 2001 album – and many of his dirtiest songs conveyed a hint of trauma.
“All I know is pain / I think it’s rain / How can I keep up?” He raps near the beginning of the “Rough Riders Anthem”.
In 1997 he was featured on the song LL Cool J along with Method, Redman, Master P and Cannibus.4, 3, 2, 1“That too Masi’s”24 hour. To liveLil’s Kim with “and”money power Respect“Those high-profile guest appearances led to a contract with Def Jam, the parent company of Rough Riders; their first two albums appeared in 1998.
Mr. Simmons named himself as a bad-fighting rapper in the early 1990s, before breaking up as a rap star.
“I always made it personal,” he writes in his memoir. “Nothing was rude or vicious to me because I didn’t care.”
Joe Coscarelli contributed reporting.