Dmx, the dog of the squad was born December 18,1970 in Baltimore,
Maryland. His family knew that in the area that they were living
in would bring trouble to Earl so the sent him to Yonkers, New
york to live with his aunt. There his showed a talent in music.
He was signed to Columbia Records where his first album was brought
out called Born Loser. Peepz wasn't felling him thin in 1996...
so he had come out with something rougher and harder. Thats 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 his
image alive. That's when 1998 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 Eastcoast rappers
alive. He says he started rappibg for the ladies and if he wasn't
the best rapper right now he would stop rapping... but luckly
he is. The human embodiment of such exhalarating and unadulterated
chaos exists in none other then Ruff Ryders/Def Jam's very latist
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"
Despite all the excitement that currently surrounds
him, only a select, informed crew of heads may recall DMX's first
go around(with the 1992 promotional single, "Born Loser")
for Columbia Records. LIke many talented MC's sihned to their
first deal, x was left in the unfortunate scenario of languishing
while other artists on the labels roster prospread. Columbia tried
to put me behind other groups," DMX reflects ont he situation.
"They were like, Well, we're gonna put out Kriss Kross, the
we're gonna put out Cypress Hill and then we're put you out."
And I was like"Well I;m better then all of them niggas."
When someone came in and said " Somebody needs to make money
off this nigga cuz he's hot!" Thats 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 till now. Now they ready
for the gutter shit, so nowthey get the fuckin gutter." Having
orinally 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
woth fellow Y-O residents and Bad Boy recording artists, The Lox.
" Those are the pups," DMX says of Bad Boy latest rising
stars. "I trianed'em, raised'em, they doin' their thing and
I'm proud of them. I didn't teach 'em everything they know cuz
they were doing 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 abviously remain strong. The album's additional sterling
guest spots include Brooklyn's finest, Jay-Z, adding his acid-tongued
with wisdomto the downtempo stinger,"Murdergram" along-side
Ja who makes an impactful debut.
DMX, also known as Dark Man X and Divine Master of the Unknown,
hails from Yonkers, New York. DMX's rap styling got notice from
his work on tracks by L.L. Cool J, The Lox, Ice Cube, and Onyx.
When The Source came out with its column on "Unsigned Hype,"
DMX came out on top. DMX released the "Born Loser" on
Columbia Records, but according to DMX, the record company wasn't
interested in promoting his music that quickly: "Columbia
tried to put me behind other groups... so I didn't wanna wait...
they let me out of the contract and I'm glad they did."DMX
signed with Def Jam Records.
# 131 Singles Artist of the Year. DMX topped the
Billboard Maxi-Singles Sales chart with "Get At Me Dog"
for 10 weeks. DMX released his debut LP, It's Dark & Hell
Is Hot and went on tour with Onyx and Def Squad. DMX appeared
on Jermaine Dupri's Jermaine Dupri Presents: Life In 1472 The
Original Soundtrack. The single "Get At Me Dog" was
DMX was arrested in New York on rape charges from
an incident 3 days earlier. DMX was charged with sodomy and false
imprisonment as well as the rape of a 29 year-old woman. DMX responded
to the charges: "Obviously there's been a misunderstanding.
It's all gonna be straightened up in a minute. But it'll all be
straightened out in a bit. I didn't do anything, dog." It's
Dark & Hell Is Hot was certified platinum. It's Dark &
Hell Is Hot topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for a week and
the R&B Albums chart for 2 weeks. The case against DMX was
delayed until August pending results of a DNA test.
DMX, was cleared of rape and sodomy charges filed
in June after DNA evidence showed he wasn't at fault. DMX's lawyer
proclaimed, "DMX is dismissed by DNA!" after the judge
dismissed the charges. DMX appeared in the film Belly and talked
with MTV about the controversy over the film's excessive violence:
"...there's a difference between violence and senseless violence...
this is not a movie about a serial killer just going around killing
for no reason... for every reason that someone's murdered in there,
for every act of violence there's a reason behind it... and you
can see why, 'Okay, that's why he was shot... for this reason.'
'Okay, he had to do that because of this.'... it's not just killing
for no reason." It's Dark & Hell Is Hot was certified
DMX released Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood.
DMX began the new year with good news as his new LP, Flesh Of
My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood, debuted at the top of the charts
with first week sales surpassing 670,000. Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood
Of My Blood was certified 2x platinum at the end of the month
and topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 3 weeks and the
Billboard R&B Album chart for 4 weeks.
It's Dark & Hell Is Hot was certified 3x platinum.
DMX and Jay-Z donated 1-night's worth of concert profits to the
families of the Columbine victims when their Hard Knock Life tour
hit Denver. DMX was arrested in New York for an alleged assault
and had a warrant against him for an alleged stabbing in Denver
- the charges were later dropped. DMX performed at Woodstock '99
in Rome, New York.
DMX took home a Blockbuster Award for Favorite New Artist - Male.
DMX spent 2 night in jail in Trinidad and was fined $25 for "using
obscene language" while performing. DMX was named Artist
of the Year, Solo and Live Performer of the Year at the Source
Hip-Hip Music Awards. DMX was nominated for a MTV Video Music
Award for Best Rap Video ("Ruff Ryders Anthem"). DMX
won a Billboard Music Award for R&B Album Artist of the Year
and released ...And Then There Was X. # 53 Singles Artist of the
DMX won an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip
...And Then There Was X debuted at #1 on Billboard's chart after
selling more than 600,000 copies in the first week of release...And
Then There Was X was certified 3x platinum by the end of the month
and topped the Billboard R&B Album chart for 2 weeks. An animal
protection group, the Human Society, is denouncing DMX for glorifying
dog fighting in his latest video. DMX's "What's My Name"
does not show dog fighting, but portrays pitbulls in chains growling
at each other. DMX was also nominated for a Soul Train Music Award
for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Album (Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of
My Blood). DMX was arrested in New York for marijuana possession
and driving without a license. He was originally pulled over for
speeding. DMX was honored with the Sammy Davis Jr. Award at the
Soul Train Music Awards. DMX could be heard on the soundtrack
for Romeo Must Die as well as seen in the film...And Then There
Was X was certified 3x platinum. DMX turned himself into New York
police after a warrant was issued for missing a March court date.More
charges were added when marijuana was reportedly found while processing
DMX. DMX hit the Top 40 with "Party Up (Up In Here)."
DMX was indicted on weapons and drug possession
charges in New York....And Then There Was X was certified 4x platinum.
The video "Party Up (Up In Here)" was nominated for
a MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video. DMX was to perform
at the ceremony, but didn't show up for rehearsals and was replaced
at the last minute by Nelly. DMX topped the MTV Top 20 with "What
You Want" (featuring Sisqo). Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of
My Blood was certified 3x platinum and It's Dark & Hell Is
Hot was certified 4x platinum. DMX will be releasing his memoirs
next summer with A Dogz Life to be published by HarperCollins.
DMX was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Rap/Hip
Hop Artist. A 15-day jail sentence on traffic charge (from last
March) wasn't overturned by a New York judge....And Then There
Was X was certified 5x platinum. DMX was nominated for 2 Grammy
Awards for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Party Up (Up In Here)")
and Best Rap Album (...And Then There Was X). DMX turned himself
into New York police for a 10-day jail sentence for charges stemming
from last March. DMX could be seen in the film Exit Wounds (and
performing "No Sunshine" on the soundtrack) and will
be appearing in The Crow: Lazarus.
DMX was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment
Award for Favorite Artist - Rap. DMX was indicted by a New York
court for failing to begin serving jail tim for a traffic conviction.
The video for "No Sunshine" was nominated for a MTV
Video Music Award for Best Video from A Film. DMX released The
Great Depression. The LP includes "Who We Be" and "I
Miss You" - a track dedicated to his grandmother and featuring
Faith Evans. The Great Depression topped the Canadian LP charts.
DMX topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
Albums chart with first week sales of The Great Depression exceeding
The video for "Who We Be" topped the MTV Top 20 Video
Countdown. DMX hit the Top 40 with "Who We Be." The
Great Depression was certified platinum. DMX was nominated for
a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance ("Who We Be").