Earl Simmons, known to the world by his stage name DMX, was a prominent and influential figure in the world of hip-hop.
With a career spanning decades, his unique style, powerful lyrics, and compelling performances solidified his status as a rap legend.
DMX's life and music continue to resonate with fans and fellow artists alike.
In this article, we will delve into the life, career, and last journey of DMX, the rapper.
Who Was DMX?
DMX was an American rapper and actor better known as DMX. He was born on December 18, 1970, in Mount Vernon, New York.
He is regarded as one of the most influential figures in hip-hop in the 2000s.
His music is distinguished by his “aggressive” rapping style, with lyrics ranging from extreme themes to prayers.
He began rapping in the early 1990s and released his debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot in 1998 to critical and financial acclaim, selling 251,000 copies in its first week.
In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album,… And Then There Was X, which featured the hit single “Party Up (Up in Here).”
His tracks “Where the Hood At?” and “X Gon' Give It to Ya” from 2003 were also huge hits. He was the first musician to have five consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 rankings. DMX sold over 74 million records globally.
DMX appeared in several films, including Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour.
He appeared in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was broadcast primarily on the BET cable television network in 2006. In 2003, he released his autobiography, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.
How Did DMX Die?
According to sources, DMX went into cardiac arrest at his residence about 11 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021, and was taken to White Plains Hospital in New York, where he was said to be in critical condition.
A drug overdose was suspected as a possible cause of the heart attack, according to sources.
The following day, his attorney indicated that he had no idea what had caused the cardiac condition, but that DMX was already on life support and would remain so until further notice.
According to accounts, the rapper suffered from cerebral hypoxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain) that night, and paramedics attempted but failed to resuscitate him.
DMX's former manager, Nakia Walker, alleged that the rapper was in a “vegetative state” owing to “lung and brain failure, as well as no current brain activity.”
On Tuesday, April 6, DMX's management announced that the rapper had entered a coma and would be subjected to brain function tests, adding that the “family will select the best course of action from there.”
Two to three days later, Rifkind apologized for circulating false rumors about DMX's death on social media and urged people to stop spreading misinformation.
“DMX is on a ventilator, we are trying hard to save his life, but you all must understand that spreading false news is inappropriate,” he told the crowd.
“You should expect to hear from the family later tomorrow with a statement.” So my only request is that you avoid disseminating misleading information.”
Where is DMX Buried?
DMX is buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York City, USA.
Even though DMX's funeral was private, there was no shortage of celebrities in attendance.
Swizz Beatz, Fabolous, and the Ruff Ryders joined Jay-Z and Beyonce at the Barclays Center in New York City for the tribute.
His company paid for his funeral expenses after he died. Def Jam Recordings paid for his memorial ceremony, which cost more than $35,000 after he was brought to the hospital suffering a heart attack.