Zmarł legendarny raper DMX. Na początku kwietnia znalazł się w szpitalu po przedawkowaniu narkotyków. Rodzina prosi - "Chcemy w spokoju opłakiwać stratę naszego brata, ojca, wujka i człowieka, którego świat znał jako DMX" . Artysta miał 50 lat.
Earl Simmons, doskonale znany fanom hip-hopu jako DMX. Raper od kilku dni walczył o życie po zawale serca, najprawdopodobniej spowodowanym przedawkowaniem narkotyków. Obdarzony niepodrabialnym, zachrypniętym głosem autor takich przebojów jak "Where the Hood At", "X Gon' Give It To Ya" czy "Party Up". miał 50 lat i plany nagrania kolejnej płyty, które się nie ziściły.
Pierwsze doniesienia o śmierci Simmonsa pojawiły się 8 kwietnia, jednak ich prawdziwości zaprzeczało najbliższe grono znajomych artysty. 9 kwietnia rodzina podała do prasy oficjalne oświadczenie, które opublikował m.in. serwis Pitchfork. "Z głębokim smutkiem zawiadamiamy, że nasz ukochany DMX, urodzony jako Earl Simmons, zmarł w wieku 50 lat z rodziną u boku po tym, jak przez ostatnie kilka dni jego funkcje życiowe podtrzymywała aparatura. Earl był wojownikiem, który walczył do samego końca. Kochał swoją rodzinę całym sercem (...). Muzyka Earla od dawna inspiruje niezliczonych fanów na całym świecie, a jego dziedzictwo będzie żyło wiecznie" - napisali bliscy rapera. https://pitchfork.com/news/dmx-has-died-at-50/
DMX nie żyje. Był jedną z największych gwiazd rapu na przełomie wieków. First thing I came to when news broke. RIP DMX, thanks for everything - tak piszą fani na forach w sieci w reakcji na smutne wieści.
Simmons był nieodłącznie kojarzony z Nowym Jorkiem. Doświadczony przez trudne dzieciństwo, jako niepokorny nastolatek, ciągle na bakier z prawem, zajął się muzyką na poważnie pod koniec lat 80. W momencie, gdy rapowa scena na wschodnim wybrzeżu przeżywała kryzys m.in. po śmierci Notoriousa B.I.G., DMX przejął ją z nieprzeciętną energią i agresywnym temperamentem. Swoim znakiem rozpoznawczym uczynił chrypę, spowodowaną przez problemy z astmą.
Początkowy brak sukcesów nie zniechęcił Simmonsa do pracy - wieści o jego działaniach zaczęły się nieść po Nowym Jorku, dzięki czemu dogrywał się do numerów takich raperów jak LL Cool J czy Mase. U schyłku lat 90. DMX jako twarz wytwórni Ruff Ryders był już zaliczany do ważnych gwiazd gatunku; stał się jednym z pionierów hardcore rapu. W latach 1998-99 wydał trzy studyjne albumy, które zapewniły mu bardzo szeroką rozpoznawalność - mowa o "It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot", "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" oraz "And Then There Was X", które sprzedały się w wielu milionach egzemplarzy.
Simmons dał się również poznać jako aktor. Chętnie współpracował z Andrzejem Bartkowiakiem - w 2000 roku zagrał w filmie "Romeo musi umrzeć", gdzie wystąpił obok Aaliyah i Jeta Li. Widzowie mogą go kojarzyć także z ról w "Mrocznej dzielnicy" czy "Od kołyski aż po grób". Internauci bardzo ciepło zapamiętali epizod rapera w sitcomie "Fresh Off the Boat" z 2015 roku, gdzie dawał jednemu z młodych bohaterów kwieciste rady à propos związków.
W trakcie intensywnej kariery DMX-owi nie udało się uniknąć problemów z prawem oraz uzależnieniem od narkotyków, o którym otwarcie opowiadał. W 2018 roku został skazany na dwanaście miesięcy pozbawienia wolności za oszustwa podatkowe. Po wyjściu z więzienia w styczniu 2019 roku wrócił pod skrzydła wytwórni Def Jam i planował powrót na scenę z kolejnym albumem, który nie ujrzał światła dziennego. Ostatni krążek DMX-a, "Undisputed", ukazał się siedem lat wcześniej.
Week ago... DMX hospitalized after alleged drug overdose, in grave condition
“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.”
Earlier story below. RIP DMX.
Rapper DMX has been hospitalized following an alleged overdose, and his condition is reportedly grave, according to a report in TMZ.
According to the report, DMX suffered an overdose at his home on Friday night, which triggered a heart attack. He is currently in the critical care unit at a hospital in White Plains, New York.
Sources describe the rapper as having “some brain activity,” while another mentions that he is in a “vegetative state.”
DMX (aka Earl Simmons) has a long history of drug addiction and rehab stays. His last rehab stay was back in 2019, after his one-year jail sentence for tax evasion.
The rapper shot to fame in the late ’90s with his gruff and aggressive rhyming style, laid over Swizz Beatz’s irresistibly catchy electronic beats.
His last public performance was the recent online Verzuz battle with Snoop Dogg last July.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. In the meantime, revisit some of DMX’s classic bangers below.
#DMX #RuffRydersAnthem #Remastered DMX - Ruff Ryders' Anthem (Official Music Video)
DMX’s signature raspy growl—partially caused by a lifelong struggle with bronchial asthma—made his songs instantly recognizable. He broke into the wider music industry at large after The Source featured him in its “Unsigned Hype” column. The following year, he signed to Columbia’s Ruffhouse imprint, though he was dropped after a pair of singles. After some years of promo tracks and guest spots, he was signed to Def Jam, setting him up for his breakout projects: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, both of which arrived in 1998.
His 1999 album ...And Then There Was X went multi-platinum off the success of the singles “Party Up” and “What’s My Name.” In addition to his slew of hits, DMX also became a film star, appearing in Romeo Must Die (alongside Aaliyah), Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave, and more. His last album Undisputed was issued in 2012. He released his most recent single “Bain Iz Back” at the beginning of 2017.
DMX was open about his struggles with addiction, as well as the time he spent incarcerated. In 2018, he was sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion. Following his release in early 2019, the rapper re-signed with Def Jam and was readying an album with multiple high profile features. In September of that year, he told GQ that he didn’t have any reservations about making new music. “The standard that I hold myself to is the same: Better than everything I hear,” he said.
Months after a landmark VERZUZ appearance with Snoop Dogg, DMX discussed addiction with rapper Talib Kweli in an emotional late 2020 interview on the latter’s podcast, People’s Party With Talib Kweli. “Drugs were a symptom of a bigger problem,” he told Kweli. “There were things that I went through in my childhood where I just blocked it out—but there’s only so much you can block out before you run out of space,” he said. “I really didn’t have anybody to talk to about it. So often talking about your problems is viewed as a sign of weakness. When it’s actually one of the bravest things you can do.”
DMX - DJs Hurt The People When They Don't Play My Music (247HH Archives)
A great 247HH Archive interview from the vault! DMX talks with @247HH about his dislike of DJ's trying to play God by not playing DMX's Music for the people to hear it. #247HHEXCL
Read “Remembering DMX, Who Changed Rap Forever.”
DMX - Lord give me a sign!
Singiel from 2009Lyrics:
Let me know whats on your mindLet me know what I'm gone findIt's all in timeShow me how to teach the mindShow me how to reach the blindLord give me a sign!
Show me what I got to doTo bring me closer to youCause I'm gonna go throughWhat ever you want me toJust let me know what to doLord give me a sign!
Remembering DMX, Who Changed Rap Forever.
The New York MC made us feel his pain, and it made him a superstar.
For a brief moment at the turn of the century, DMX was the biggest rapper on the planet. A street rapper with lyrical gifts, the Yonkers, New York MC had a talent for grabbing your attention from the first bar of his verse, balancing the sacred and the profane with an aura of authenticity earned by a dedication to pouring ALL of himself into records—fear, love, joy, penitence, and yes, violence. At the peak of his powers, he presented one of the most high profile expressions of vulnerability in hip-hop. One of the few rappers talented enough to make JAY-Z nervous, he was an antidote to hip-hop’s sanitized shiny suit era, and his success would pave a path to the mainstream for a generation of gruff gangsta rappers that would follow. But even then, he was suffering. When he finally succumbed to a lifelong battle with drug addiction today (April 9), he was 50 years old, in the midst of a renewed appreciation for his contributions in the wake of a memorable VERZUZ battle with Snoop Dogg.
Born Earl Simmons in 1970, the rapper’s early life was plagued by abuse and neglect. His biological father out of the picture, he would wander the streets at night to get away from his abusive mother. He would befriend stray dogs, companions that would later come to define his life and art. And it’s easy to see why he would identify with them—these unloved street urchins, fearful creatures who growl the loudest when they’re the most afraid.
Simmons’ own guttural growl was at least partially due to his chronic bronchial asthma, and his trademark aggro style on the mic honed from years in institutions and on the street, where a loud bark would often protect you from large bites. Fellow battle rapper Murda Mook even recalls an infamous battle in Harlem in which DMX used his dogs, trained to growl on cue, to adlib while he rapped.DMX with two dogs on leashes.
DMX with his dogs. Photo by Jonathan Mannion from Pitchfork.com
His interest in hip-hop was piqued while in jail, and he spent much of the ’80s battling, cutting demos, and beatboxing for Ready Ron, a local rapper that took him under his wing as a teenager. In a cruel twist of fate, the man who helped him get his start in hip-hop was also the man who led him down the road to lifelong addiction; Simmons says his first exposure to crack cocaine was in a blunt that Ron had laced without telling him.
When he blew up in 1998, what seemed to be an overnight success was rather the culmination of nearly a decade of grinding. After landing on The Source magazine’s star-making “Unsigned Hype” column in 1991, he signed with a major label, got lost in the shuffle, and dropped. Even then, he embraced the dirt and grime of the street, more concerned with wielding fear—often his own—than a whipping a foreign. His biggest single at the time was the bafflingly self-deprecating “Born Loser”: “They kicked me out the shelter because they said I smelled a/Little like the living dead and looked like Helter Skelter/My clothes are so funky, they’re bad for my health/Sometimes at night my pants go to the bathroom by themself.”
But by 1997, he was showing up big name after big name on some of the year’s biggest posse cuts with boasts as terrifying as they were impressive: Ma$e’s “24 Hrs. to Live,” The Lox’s “Money, Power & Respect,” and LL Cool J’s “4, 3, 2, 1.” When It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in May 1998, any doubts that his gruff persona could have mainstream appeal were obliterated. He followed it up with a lead role in Hype Williams’ box-office-flop turned cult classic Belly, and then promptly turned in another No. 1 album (Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood), winning a $1 million bet with then-Def Jam exec Lyor Cohen. It’s hard to describe to those too young to remember it, but that year it felt like DMX was everywhere.
His debut LP was the complete package, replete with battle raps, hood tales, love songs, radio hits, club bangers, and sorrowful psalms. Its spiritual center is “Damien,” a devil-on-the-shoulder story about being led into the temptations by someone he thought was a friend. It was indicative of his internal dialogue, his desire to be “good” at odds with his circumstances. He made poems out of prayers, desperate pleas that felt brutally honest, even if they were tough to listen to. This was hardcore street rap at its most relatable, a reminder that no man is completely good or evil, and all are capable of both.
As DMX, Simmons never seemed to be playing a character, which made for a fascinating, if rather limited, acting career. No matter what role he was cast in, whether performing opposite Aaliyah (Romeo Must Die) or Steven Seagal (Exit Wounds), he always seemed to be playing DMX. But it also blurred the lines between his life and art. His later years were plagued by legal and substance abuse problems, marked by lapses in judgement ranging from questionable to downright pitiful. His last official studio album was released in 2012, though at the time of his death he was reportedly working on a comeback album that featured no less than Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Usher, and U2’s Bono.
#DMX #PartyUp #Remastered DMX - Party Up (Up In Here). Over 125 710 782 views from 18 Dec 2012
DMX - I Don't Dance ft. Machine Gun Kelly. 3 331 913 views from 27 July 2012
DMX’s candor didn’t quite spark an open dialogue on mental health, but he did manage to make it okay for tough guys to be vulnerable. I once memorably saw a dude in New York blasting “Prayer” from his Jeep, windows down, speakers blaring, his face screwed up in a stoic scowl. Simmons was a Christian who looked to God for salvation on the same records he rhymed about child rape and necrophilia. He made many mistakes. But as he languished in a coma, kept alive by machines in the hospital, the internet has been rife with stories from fans, friends, and contemporaries that reveal his thoughtfulness, humility, and regret, painting his fatal overdose in an even more tragic light.
No matter what one might say about DMX, he was decidedly authentic—often to a fault—at a time when such honesty was in short supply. The violence in his music was a symptom of his fear and pain, some self-inflicted, some inflicted by those closest to him. And his influence can be found in some of today’s biggest rap stars: Kendrick Lamar has admitted that It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot was a crucial part of his rap education, though his dialogue with “Lucy” on To Pimp a Butterfly made that abundantly clear. To this day, he remains the only rapper to have his first five albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Earl Simmons’ life has long been a tragic tale of woe, punctuated by dizzying highs and bizarre left turns. On “24 Hrs. to Live,” as a then-unsigned DMX imagined how he might spend the last moments of his life, he almost seems grateful for the relief. “I’ve been living with a curse/And now it’s all about to end,” he mused. Finally free from his curse, one hopes Simmons may finally find some measure of peace.
Rest in peace DMX forever