DMX Biography

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Dmx the dog of the squad was born December 18, 1970 in Baltimore Maryland in the projects. His family knew in the area he lived that he would get in trouble alot so he moved to Yonkers New York with his aunt. There he showed a talent in music. He was signed to Columbia Records where his first album was brought out called Born Loser. Peepz wasn't feeling him then in he had to come out wiht something rougher and harder. That's when he started appearing on artists songs such as LL cool J, John forte, The Lox , Ma$e and many more.

Peepz was feeling him then so he knew he had to come out with something strong to keep him image alive. That's when 98 came around and he brought out It's Dark and Hell is Hot was under Def Jams Records which sold 3 million copies. Now he is one of the best Eastcost rappers alive. He says he started rappering for the ladies and if he wasn't the best rapper right now he would have been stop rappering...but he is the best.So lets welcome Dmx to our world...Where my doggs at.

If there was one defining characteristic to hip hop in 1997, it was the jiggy factor- an aesthetic of unapologetic flash, fashion and glamour that ruled everything around us and made hip hop life nice and organized. Of course, for each movement there always exists a counter-movement; for each yin there is a yang; and for each designer-label clad champagne sipper, there must be an uncompromised figure lurking in the shadows, ready and willing to reclaim rap from the penthouse to the pavement. Embracing this return to the anarchy, enraged and raw, Def Jam Records presents 1998 as the Year of Pandemonium.

The human embodiment of such exhilarating and unadulterated chaos exists in none other than Ruff Ryders/Def Jam's very latest lyrical sensation, DMX. "I love to write rhymes," says the Yonkers-born MC. "I love to express what real niggas feel, what street niggas feel. They need to be heard. They need to know there is a voice that speaks for them, and I am that voice." Within the tumultuous annals of hip hop's dog-eat-dog history, second chance opportunities are few and far between. However, every now and then the experienced and distinguished bark of a particularly cagey canine re-emerges from rap's chaotic kennels, representing the triumph and perseverance inherent in true greatness.

Winner of The Source magazine's prestigious "Unsigned Hype" award for January of 1991, the native of Yonkers, New York has recently crashed the airwaves and mix tape circuit with a number of unforgettable guest appearances (LL Cool J's "4,3,2,1," Mase's "24 Hours to Live," Mic Geronimo's "Usual Suspects," The Lox's "Money, Power and Respect," Ice Cube's "We Be Clubbin' (Remix)" and Onyx's "Shut 'em Down",) inducing a fever pitch buzz for the release of his kinetic debut single for Ruff Ryders/Def Jam, "Get At Me Dog."

Utilizing a classic, tension-filled BT Express guitar sample, the single's keen balance of street grit and dance floor bounce provides the perfect backdrop for the Dark Man X's unshakably aggressive vocal delivery; one whose distinctively hoarse timbre is but the table setter for his main course of irrepressible rhyme: What must I go through to show you shit is real And I ain't never really gave a fuck how niggas feel I rob and I steal Not cuz I want to, cuz I have to And don't make me show you what the mac do If you don't know by now you slippin' I'm on some bullshit that's got me jackin' niggas, flippin' Let my man and them stay pretty, but I'm a stay shitty Cruddy, it's all for the money Is you with me? Despite all the excitement that currently surrounds him, only a select, informed crew of heads may recall DMX? first go around (with the 1992 promotional single, "Born Loser") for Columbia Records.

Like many talented MC? signed to their first deal, X was left in the unfortunate scenario of languishing while other artists on the label? roster prospered. "Columbia tried to put me behind other groups," DMX reflects of the situation. "They were like, 'Well, we're gonna put out Kriss Kross, then we're gonna put out Cypress Hill and then we're gonna put you out.' And I was like, 'Well I'm better than all of them niggas.' So I didn't wanna wait. They let me out of the contract and I'm glad that they did." "I always knew there would be a point when someone would say, 'Somebody needs to make money off this nigga cus he's hot'. That's when Irv Gotti brought me to Lyor Cohen at Def Jam. I guess it's that point now. I guess the world wasn't ready for the gutter until now. Now they ready for the gutter shit, so now they get the fuckin' gutter."

Having originally earned his name by way of his human beat boxing expertise, DMX later experimented with other acronyms true to his evolving, revolutionary vocal steez (Divine Master of the Unknown) while honing his skills around his home in Yonkers' School Street Projects. Along the way, he bumped heads and built long-lasting friendships with fellow Y-O residents and Bad Boy Recording artists, The Lox. "Those are the pups," DMX says of Bad Boy's latest rising stars. "I trained 'em, raised 'em, they doin' their thing and I'm proud of them. I didn't teach I em everything they knew cuz they were doin' it before me, but I influenced them."

With the entire Yonkers crew helping out on It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, on the smoldering "Niggaz Done Started Something," the bonds obviously remain strong. The Album's additional sterling guest spots include Brooklyn's finest, Jay-Z, adding his acid-tongued wit and wisdom to the downtempo stinger, "Murdergram," along-side Ja who makes an impactful debut. But ultimately it's the range, cleverness and fierceness of DMX's solo showcases that truly distinguishes It's Dark And Hell Is Hot from the remainder of the rap hordes. A startling descending string line provides a dramatic backdrop for "Stop Being Greedy's," philosophies of rap economic opportunity.

"Crime Story," produced by Irv Gotti, finds DMX dropping a compelling heist-and-duck narrative over a slinky, Blaxploitation flick-style bassline-and-congas rhythm track. In the tradition of lyrical giants like Slick Rick and Biggie Smalls, "Damien," finds our hero trading verses with himself in the character of a fake friend with evil intentions. Meanwhile, "How's It Goin' Down?" displays the male and female scenario of this dog's persona via a romantic episode without your typical sappy-ass ending. All of which re-affirms DMX's role as one of hip hop's most exciting "new" voices.

If the uncompromising nature of It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, musical menu isn't enough to intrigue the fickle minds of rap fanatics, leave it to this human pitbull's own description of his newest creations to cut right to the heart of matters: "It's the same shit they been gettin', man: Raw dog, no condom, straight in the ass, real" This dog's day has arrived. Get at DMX.

Lately he's been away for a while, writing a book "E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX"(with Smokey D. Fontaine), making a movie "Cradle 2 The Grave"(with martial-arts star Jet Li) and working on his fifth album "It's Not A Game", which was originally slated for a fall 2002 realease.

DMX has been married for 13 years to his wife Tashera Simmons. They have three sons: Xavier, Tacoma and Shawn.

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Knees down,Head up, | Reviewer: veronica | 6/10/12

when ur knees r down and head up,that means ur prayed up ive read ur bio and the coments but never once my Lord,jesus,christ, who gave u strength,wisdom,courage,knowledge to see u thru but it seems to me u need him and all that u have strong words meaningful words the young and the oldhear u c u and feel u ,BUT DO YOU!!!EARL) okm no christrain im struggling to stay clean and I have 9kids im 39 ive just lost my oldest sister to cancern 8months ago I lost my next to the oldest to cancern and my mom on 4thjuly and im the baby . You c we both have lost not our love ones but or self the drugs still have me lost but im still KneesDown,HeadUp because one day I to will be a great rapper as well as you.

If u a dog u must b a dog 4life | Reviewer: S'phamandla Bukhosini | 12/30/11

¤After I discovered about this "Elluminati" thing,It was hard just 2abandon rap music so i found th truth hiden in Dmx's lyrics.Damn Dmx is against this bulshit yeah i became ecstatic by then.X is the best nigga alive tryng to rearange th world to b civilised again.I LV U MR Simons.Lets deal wth al these devilz,SEAN here...all away 4rm Africa(much love 2my nigga X)¤

The Only Dark X | Reviewer: DANIEL | 11/22/07

X is the best amongst the hips and hops of raps. No feuds with no body. The best dog so far..... No matter what X is the still Dark and the Man raps better than all.


yeah DMX is one of da greatest rappers alive. he knows how to deliver his lyrics. but he seems to have the same problem that many African rappers have, that problem is the lack of funds and contribution to their neighbourhoods. You see with so many black rappers making millions i asure u that more than hundreds of boarding schools and rehabs could of been built to get the socio economic level of da blacks in states high/ better by these rappers if they gave millions not hundreds back to their hoods.

He's the man | Reviewer: LeBron | 6/4/07

Eastcoast rap needs such Niggaz. DMX for real, man. Eastcoast,dogg!!!

DMX!!!!!! | Reviewer: h.r.l.y. | 5/28/07

DMX stands for Dark Man X and his real name is Earl Simmons. DMX is the best rapper alive!!!

ddro | Reviewer: Montay | 5/18/07

The King Of Rap | Reviewer: Dro
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king of rap since 98 still the king going strong, this man hit 5 albums debut at number on the billboards no other rapper ever done that, that says alot to me, he not just the best rapper on the east coast he the best rapper in the world fo real dawg! his 6th album out get it its the top shit man! well worth it, still goin strong double r D.M.X ryde or die

i love dmx songs to much | Reviewer: banda | 5/8/07

i would like to know his real name and what mean DMX and why thank you

DMX BEST RAPPER ALIVE!!!!!!! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/5/07

dmx the dog is the best rapper alive in history reppin hip hop even when he dies he will never be forgotten EVER!!


indeed the best | Reviewer: Tulth | 9/11/06

Man I can say I love this man, he is indeed the best rapper of all times, I adore his music, as you say, his lyrics don't speak about how rich he is, or what car he bought last time. He speaks almost all the time of the battle betveen the evil and good forces that influence the human souls! we can take his life as an exemple, listen to his music and know how to live your life: You love something let it go, if it comes back to you, its yours, if it dosen't, then it never was(let me fly)! to live is to suffer, to survive well that's by my meaning, end of further comets...

The King Of Rap | Reviewer: Dro | 7/31/06

king of rap since 98 still the king going strong, this man hit 5 albums debut at number on the billboards no other rapper ever done that, that says alot to me, he not just the best rapper on the east coast he the best rapper in the world fo real dawg! his 6th album out get it its the top shit man! well worth it, still goin strong double r D.M.X ryde or die

DMX | Reviewer: 2pac | 5/20/06

I must agree, DMX is 1 of the best rappers out there today. Its good how rappers like him speak for the streets and how things really happen and go down in this citys. You never get a solid truth to crime or misfortunes of lower class people. Not so much lower class , thats just how the rich look at you. It's a good thing we still got DMX around cause the new rappers these days got the tunes and rap stuff right but theres no heart to it and alot of its just no meaning to it like the rapping DMX can do about the streets and living in the Projects. I myself love all the rap starting with Tupac which opened the doors to alot of rappers and singing and foul language. But we all know once gone someone else has to fill the void and I must admit, DMX ur the best rapper still living. Keep up the good work !!!!

Stay Rappin | Reviewer: troy comeau | 4/23/06

Yo DMX is the best rapper alive and he'll never talk about how rich he is cause he doesnt worship money and he's not greedy like other rappers...........his albums were the best..i was listenin to songs by other people and i decided to listen to DMX and it was the song "slippin'"and i never stopped listenin to him and i never will cause his music beats all the other rappers music and DMX's music will never die cause its a good thing to remember and years from now we'll still be talkin about him and listenin to his music........ D-M-X

I got respect | Reviewer: Devin | 9/22/04

I've gotta say, aside from being one of the best rappers out there, DMX is one of the most respecable rappers. He doesn't just talk about partying, his cars, and drinking fancy drinks. Even though he's made it to the top, he hasn't forgot his roots and who and what made him what he is today. He still pays tribute to the fallen. He's a true rapper. Not like some of these fake ones who go gold on one album and throw parties till they fade out in a year. He's been tried and true. That's an artist.

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