90’s hip-hop legend, DMX, passed away on April 9, 2021, after a heart attack that stemmed from an overdose.
Earl Simmons a.k.a DMX, was a multi-platinum American rapper and actor. His stage name was originally an acronym of "Divine Master of the Unknown".
DMX released his best-selling album in 1999 titled “And Then There Was X”, which featured the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)", a long-time pre-game staple.
He also had a prevalent acting career, appearing in films such as “Belly,” “Romeo Must Die,” “Exit Wounds,” “Cradle 2 The Grave,” and “Last Hour.” DMX starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network. He published a book of his memoirs titled, “E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.”
DMX would go on to be nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, sell millions of hit songs, and have five #1 albums on the Billboard Charts, making him the the only artist in history to land five consecutive #1 albums in 2003.
DMX released a compilation of his greatest hits in 2008; The Definition of X: The Pick of the Litter. Def Jam released another compilation album, The Best of DMX, in 2011, featuring hit singles including "Where the Hood At?" and "X Gon' Give It to Ya."
Many big names in entertainment remembered DMX and paid tribute on social media after the news of his death.
Rest in peace, DMX.