DMX

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Rapper

Birth Date: December 18, 1970

Death Date: April 9, 2021

Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland

A formidably talented performer, rapper DMX put his powerful charisma to good use, starting his film career in 1998 as his recording career was on the ascendancy.

Born Earl Simmons in Mount Vernon, New York (although some accounts list his birthplace as Baltimore, Maryland), the youngster and his five half-sisters relocated with their mother to Yonkers, New York in the early 1970s. He started out as the "beat box" in freestyle rap shows, but quickly found that more glory went to the rapper, and pursued that career.

Freestyle competitions (like one where he and fellow future superstar Jay-Z were the last men standing) won him notice in the "Unsigned Hype" column in the hip-hop monthly The Source.

A founder of Ruff Ryders Entertainment (the group that would go on to include and foster the talents of such stars as Eve and The Lox), DMX was signed to Sony's unrelated Ruffhouse Records in 1992, but lack of promotion left the rapper with the desire to leave his contract.

Five years later, Def Jam stepped up to the plate and signed DMX, launching what would become a stellar career. With a fearsome bark and insightful lyrics that largely focused on the internal struggles between good and evil, DMX made 1998 his year, with two multi-platinum albums released (both debuting at Number One on Billboard's charts).

That year he also made his feature debut in the hip-hop organized crime drama "Belly," playing "ghetto president" Tommy Brown, a thug about town who grows apart from his aptly named, more intellectual childhood friend and conspirator Sincere (fellow rapper NAS).

DMX released the successful "...And Then There Was X," an album that spawned the musician's first Top 40 hit, the remarkably catchy "Party Up (Up in Here)." The multi-platinum album debuted at Number One in December of 1999.

A featured role in the Jet Li gangland vehicle "Romeo Must Die" (2000) didn't showcase DMX to his full ability, but it did at least establish that "Belly" wasn't a fluke.

The well-made hip-hop tour documentary "Backstage" put the rapper on the big screen again in 2000. While he made headlines for his soap opera-like dealings with a Cheektowaga, New York court and a 15 day jail sentence, DMX's co-starring role in "Exit Wounds" (2001) hit theaters.

Playing a street smart crime lord who joins up with Steven Seagal's burnt-out cop to battle police corruption, DMX would prove his star status with a far bigger role than he had in previous efforts.

DMX's fourth album, "The Great Depression," which dropped in the summer of 2001, was the rapper's most introspective work yet and showed a definite progression in his development as an artist.

2003 found DMX back working in film, co-starring alongside Jet Li in "Cradle 2 the Grave."

Earl "DMX" Simmons died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 50.

Credits

DMX: Don't Try to UnderstandStream

Self
Movie
2021

Behind the MusicStream

Self
Docuseries
2021

DMX feat. JAY-Z & Nas: Bath Salts

Music Performer
Show
2021

DMX Hits

Music Performer
Show
2021

DMX Feat. Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn: Hood Blues

Music Performer
Show
2021

Fast Vengeance

Actor
Movie
2021

Chronicle of a Serial Killer

Actor
Detective White
Movie
2020

90's Throwback

Music Performer
Show
2019

Best of 1999

Music Performer
Show
2019

'90s Def Jam

Music Performer
Show
2019

Rappers Delight

Music Performer
Show
2019

Greatest Rappers 2

Music Performer
Show
2019

Millennial HBCU

Music Performer
Show
2019

Mike Epps Goin Out

Music Performer
Show
2019

Godfather of Harlem Feat. Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross & DMX: Just in Case

Music Performer
Show
2019

Beyond the Law

Actor
Detective Ray Munce
Movie
2019

Bad Boys 4 Life

Music Performer
Show
2018

Tax Season

Music Performer
Show
2018

Time to Vent

Music Performer
Show
2018

Best of '98

Music Performer
Show
2018

BEST Swizz-BEATS

Music Performer
Show
2018

Hip Hop Class of 00'

Music Performer
Show
2018

Rappers Delight

Music Performer
Show
2018

DMX '98

Music Performer
Show
2018

Hip Hop Majors

Music Performer
Show
2018

Ruff Ryders Hits

Music Performer
Show
2018

Pimp

Actor
Midnight John
Movie
2018

Showtime at the ApolloStream

Music Performer
Variety Show
2017

Best of DMX Playlist

Music Performer
Show
2017

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story

Self
Movie
2017

Drink Champs

Guest
Show
2016

2016 REVOLT Music Conference Honors Nas

Guest
Show
2016

Hip Hop: Superhits Vol. 2

Music Performer
Show
2016

The Breakfast Club

Guest
Show
2015

Fresh Off the BoatStream

Guest Star
Himself
Series
2015
94%

The Breakfast Club Power Hour

Guest
Show
2014

Iyanla, Fix My LifeStream

Guest
Reality
2012

Couples TherapyStream

Self
Reality
2012

DMX: Party Up (Up In Here) (Live)

Music Performer
Show
2012

DMX Feat. Machine Gun Kelly: I Don't Dance

Music Performer
Show
2012

Dr. Drew's Lifechangers

Guest
Show
2011

Dr. Drew's Lifechangers

Music Performer
Show
2011

JAY-Z Feat DMX: Money, Cash, Hoes

Music Performer
Show
2010

DMX Feat.Faith Evans: I Miss You

Music Performer
Show
2009

The Bleeding

Actor
Tagg
Movie
2009

LL Cool J Feat Redman, DMX, Method Man, Canibus & Master P: 4,3,2,1

Music Performer
Show
2008

The Wendy Williams Show

Guest
Talk
2008

The Wendy Williams Show

Music Performer
Talk
2008

The Last Hour

Actor
Movie
2008

Jump Out Boys

Actor
Thorn
Movie
2008

Jump Out Boys

Executive Producer
Movie
2008

Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent

Actor
Nick
Movie
2008

Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent

Executive Producer
Movie
2008

Death Toll

Actor
The Dog
Movie
2008

DMX: Stop Being Greedy (BET, Final Revision)

Music Performer
Show
2007

Father of Lies

Actor
Paul
Movie
2007

DMX: Lord Give Me A Sign

Music Performer
Show
2006

DMX Feat. Swizz Beatz: We in Here

Music Performer
Show
2006

Ruff Ryders Feat. Jadakiss, DMX, Kartoon & Flashy: Get Wild

Music Performer
Show
2005

Never Die AloneStream

Actor
King David
Movie
2004
26%

Never Die AloneStream

Original Music
Movie
2004
26%

Never Die AloneStream

Producer
Movie
2004
26%

EveStream

Guest Star
Series
2003

Jimmy Kimmel Live!Stream

Guest
Talk
2003

DMX Feat. Swizz Beatz: Get It On The Floor

Music Performer
Show
2003

DMX: Where the Hood At/A'Yo Kato

Music Performer
Show
2003

Cradle 2 the GraveStream

Actor
Tony Fait
Movie
2003
26%

Half & HalfStream

Guest Star
Series
2002

Dr. PhilStream

Guest
Talk
2002

DMX: Who We Be

Music Performer
Show
2001

DMX: We Right Here

Music Performer
Show
2001

DMX: I Miss You

Music Performer
Show
2001

Exit WoundsStream

Actor
Latrell Walker
Movie
2001
33%

Romeo Must DieStream

Actor
Silk
Movie
2000
32%

Backstage

Self
Movie
2000

Third WatchStream

Guest Star
Series
1999

DMX: What They Really Want

Music Performer
Show
1999

DMX: Party Up (Up in Here)

Music Performer
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1999

DMX: What's My Name?

Music Performer
Show
1999

The Corruptor

Original Music
Movie
1999

DMX: How's It Goin' Down

Music Performer
Show
1998

The Lox Feat. DMX, Lil' Kim: Money, Power & Respect

Music Performer
Show
1998

DMX Feat. Sheek: Get At Me Dog

Music Performer
Show
1998

DMX: Slippin'

Music Performer
Show
1998

DMX: Ruff Ryders' Anthem

Music Performer
Show
1998

DMX: Stop Being Greedy

Music Performer
Show
1998

Onyx Feat. DMX: Shut 'Em Down

Music Performer
Show
1998

Woo

Original Song
Movie
1998

BellyStream

Actor
Tommy 'Buns' Bundy
Movie
1998
23%

South ParkStream

Guest Voice
Himself
Series
1997
80%

The Chris Rock ShowStream

Guest
Talk
1996

MoeshaStream

Guest Star
Series
1996

Saturday Night LiveStream

Music Performer
Series
1975

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