dmx-01“Dog Man X’ is what it stands for, and when they “let the dogs out”, Earl Simmons was there.  His music  began to climb the charts with the release of “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot” (1998), which included “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem”.  The CD sold more than four (4) million copies.  He was immediately compared to the inimitable Tupac (by all but yours truly – no one . . . we’ll tackle that some other time), even to the point of his early arrests and most notably, being accused of raping a stripper.  DNA evidence later cleared him of the rape charges.

The hits kept coming, and his popularity continued to rise.  “Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood” was released in the same year and it went three (3) times platinum.  He became the second rapper to have two (2) albums released the same year and have them both debut at number one.  Oh, btw – the first to do it was Tupac.

Now – try to keep up, please:

” . . . And Then There Was X” (1999) debuted at number one (his 3rd straight CD to dmx-02do so).  It went six (6) times platinum!!!  It was, most certainly, his best selling CD.

“The Great Depression” (2001) debuted at the top of the charts.  It quickly gained platinum status and was not only his 4th CD to debut at number one, but his 4th straight CD to do so!

“Grand Champ” (2003) became his 5th straight CD to debut at number one on the charts.  With the advent of this CD, he made history: the ONLY artist to ever have five CD’s debut at number one!  His next CD, “Year Of The Dog . . . Again” (2006) missed being number one by a mere few thousand sales.

DMX has more arrests on the books than Carter has little liver pills.  That is usually the only impetus that a rapper needs to boost record sales.  If that theory held true, then DMX should still be “alive and well” in the music business and still kickin’ some mad a$$.  Not so.  Two (2) CD’s, “Walk With Me Now” and “Fly With Me Later” were slated to be released in the latter part of 2008.  They got pushed back, scheduled for release in 2009 along with a  . . . get this  . . . gospel CD!! So . . . where did the dog man go wrong?  Beats me.  What I do know is that, in my book, he should be listed alongside the others in “Where Are They Now?” (besides incarcerated, that is).  I sadly witness his fade to black and say “OK, then, bye-bye.” Peace.

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“Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” by DMX (explicit lyrics)

8 Responses to “FADE TO BLACK 4: DMX”

  1. Not sure why his records aren’t selling but DMXs brain is fried from the drug use. I say good riddance. ::shrugs::

  2. Same here – good riddance. I liked his flava at the beginning, but that slowly eroded. Fade . . .

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  4. Well, I’m glad that you ventured by and I hope to see you again, soon. Peace.

  5. I like DMX and much of his work. His problems stem for an actual mental illness which drove him to drugs and alcohol. He is a gifted and tortured soul. I greatly respect his talent and the love he has for his family.

    I wish the best for him and I hope he gets himself together for the sake of his children.

  6. I guess we learn something new everyday. Here’s hoping. Peace.

  7. I saw DMX in concert when he first came out and was on fire. He gave an amazing show and left you excited and enlightened at the same time. It was very sad to see him backslide into drugs and despair. Also, I’m another one that would get annoyed whenever people would compare him to Tupac. Not even close.

  8. I hate to see “them” tumble, but, I guess we all get just 15 minutes (though some steal a few more). He WAS hot, no doubt! I know, right: Another Pac? Not!! Peace.

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