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DMX

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Overview (4)

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Birth NameEarl Simmons
Nicknames Darkman X
X
D
The Dog
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

DMX was born on December 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Earl Simmons. He was previously married to Tashera Simmons.

Spouse (1)

Tashera Simmons (1999 - 2014) ( divorced) ( 4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Wearing a silver dog coller
His energetic rapping style

Trivia (43)

Also a recording artist on Def Jam Music label along with Foxy Brown
Has two sons named Xavier & Tocoma
DMX stands for Dark Man Extreme.
Formed music label Ruff Ryders.
Has tattoo on his back of his dog killed by a motorist and the words ONE LOVE BOOMER.
Known for his barking and growling while rapping.
Formed rap group Ruff Ryders consisting of Eve, Drag-On, The Lox, Swizz Beatz, Parle.
He released a song titled "Born Loser" in 1993 on Columbia Records
Has two half-sisters (on his mother's side) and a younger half-brother who died at birth. He also has two half-brothers on his father's side.
Has his own clothing line called Bloodline.
Announced that he's retiring from the music business so he can focus more on church and his family. [2003]
Lived in Yonkers, New York
The only artist in Soundscan history to have his first four albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts.
The first three of his CDs debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and each has gone at least triple platinum.
His sixth album, "Grand Champ", was a #1 debut on the Billboard Pop Charts.
Is one of the best selling hip-hop artists of all time. His first four albums have each gone at least triple platinum in the US alone, and his CD "Grand Champ" went platinum.
Estranged father was a street artist.
Has a religion-related skit on each of his CDs.
When he was a child his family belonged to the Johovah's Witnesses religious group.
His wife Tashera Simmons lived above him in his apartment complex when he was young. He did not know this until he met her at a club.
Loved to play with "green army men" toys and watch Eddie Murphy on Saturday Night Live (1975).
Was briefly on his high school's track team.
Was hit by a drunk driver when he was a little kid.
Was often sick as a child.
Wrote an autobiography titled "E.A.R.L.: Ever Always Real Life."
Wrote his first rhymes while spending time in jail.
He and his wife Tashera Simmons, welcomed a baby girl named Praise Mary Ella Simmons on 18th April 2005. They also have a son called Shawn.
Battled rapper Jay Z in a rap battle which was determined to be a draw. He later stated in an interview that the battle taught him that his style of rapping was not always the best.
Has 9 dogs.
Sixth best selling rapper of all time.
Founded Bloodline Records in New York City in 2000.
Has sold more then 15 million records in the United States.
Has a scar on his left wrist from a fan trying to rip his watch off.
Is the only artist ever to have two albums debut at #1on the Billboard top one-hundred chart in the same year.
His third album "... And Then There Was X" sold over 600,000 copies in its first week.
His second album "Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood" sold over 670,000 copies in its first week.
His sixth album, 'Year of the Dog...Again', debuted at #1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and at #2 on The Billboard 200 at the end of its first week of release.
Lives in Cave Creek, Arizona.
Like Busta Rhymes, he is known for his high-energy, stylized flow of rapping.
Left Def Jam Records (the label he's been signed to throughout his entire career) and signed a new three-album deal with Sony Records. [January 2006]
Released the first single from his upcoming album 'Year Of The Dog...Again' called "Lord, Give Me A Sign". [May 2006]
Filming "The Bleeding" in Wilmington, North Carolina [April 2008]
Released his sixth album 'Year of the Dog...Again' on August 1st. [August 2006]

Personal Quotes (9)

To live is to suffer, but to survive, well, that's to find meaning in the suffering.
I used to do the beat box . . . a friend of mine, he was the rapper and after, we'd be doing a block party or something or a house party, and he's gettin' all the attention and I'd end up with a handful of spit, you know, from doing the beats . . . and I was like, "You got to be the rapper" . . . the rapper's the man . . .
I know I may have done some bad things, but I'm not a bad person.
I want "Flesh Of My Flesh" to be like my connection to the community, I want to say what's on my peoples' minds, soak up all their pain. I've learned that when I take it all in, I can make one brotha's pain be understood by the world.
An important and fundamental premise of the American judicial system is the presumption of innocence - that is, until proven guilty.
The day I will never forget is the day I married my wife, [Tashera Simmons]. Tashera is so special to my boys and me. Her energy is enough to put anyone on a cloud. Her dedication and care gives me comfort and ease.
I didn't have the patience to be a drug dealer . . . I'd just wait 'til the end of the day and rob the dealer of his day's takings.
[on the controversy over what many had criticized as "excessive violence" in his film Belly (2011)] . . . 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." - on the controversy over his film "Belly" on excessive violence.
[on being release from Columbia Records] 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.

Salary (1)

Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) $5,000,000

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