In the late 1990s, no one was more popular than the rapper DMX, Which topped the Billboard album charts with each of its first five albums, riding a series of energetic and earnest hits.
The life he lived – marked by childhood intoxicated adulthood – was strong, stormy and signature. He died at the age of 50 on Friday, after suffering suffering a week called “a horrific heart arrest” by his family.
On this week’s popcast, a conversation about the peaks and valleys of DMX’s career, the sheer power of his music and his religious zeal and what it was to interview him.
Smokey Fontaine, co-author of the 2002 book “EARL: The Autobiography of DMX” with DMX; A former music editor of Source magazine; And editor in chief of the Apple App Store.