Legendary rapper DMX has passed away at the age of 50. Known for his raw and emphatic rapping style, fans and artists alike share memories and photos of the rapper across social media today.
His family put out a statement confirming his death this morning saying,
“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. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”
DMX took over rap and the entire world with his music in the late 1990s. His first three albums – 1998’s “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot” and “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood”, and 1999’s “…And Then There Was X” are considered hip hop classics. Hits like Party (Up In Here), Where The Hood At? and X Gon Give It To Ya dominated the radio waves. Aside from making music, DMX took his talents into acting as well. Most notably for playing “Buns” in the 1998 film Belly and “Latrell Walker” in the 2001 film Exit Wounds.
The outpour of love for DMX on social media has been a bittersweet sight to see throughout the day. Artists like Swizz Beats, Missy Elliot, Q-Tip, Pharrell and Biz Markie all shared their thoughts and prayers for DMX and his family.
RIP DMX. No one radiated more agony, pain, and atomic energy. The Cerberus from Yonkers, who suffered for all of our sins and his own. Maybe the rawest rapper of all-time, no pretense or frills, just pure adrenaline, lawless genius, and reckless abandon. The struggle incarnate. pic.twitter.com/P80t1GQHEa— Otto Von Biz Markie (@Passionweiss) April 9, 2021
On a personal note, I will always remember DMX from one of my favorite movies as a kid, Like Mike. His song Party (Up In Here) provided a soundtrack for one of the more tender and funny scenes in the movie. My older brother and I would rap along to DMX and quote that scene for years to come. And thanks to DMX, I will cherish that memory forever. Rest in peace DMX (1970-2021)
Grant Boyer is a hip hop head at heart from Chicago, IL. Some of his all-time favorite artists are J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Biggie. When he’s not writing, he’s playing his Nintendo Switch, watching Seinfeld reruns, and collecting vinyl and cool hip hop collectibles. The coolest hip hop collectible he owns is an original Jay-Z Dead Presidents cassette from 1995. He’s also wondering if anybody has a working cassette player he can borrow.