DMX, one of the greatest New York rappers who made his way despite having lived most of his life on the street, left us a few days ago after an overdose. Often, in America and other places of the world, some children do not have a normal childhood but a real odyssey. Day after day the aim of these kids is not to go to school and build their future but to survive.
From an early age DMX has experienced very difficult moments, let’s face it, few people would have made it.
DMX suffered from bronchial asthma since his birth and spent most nights in the emergency room, but that’s just the beginning considering what was going to come. He grew up in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses but his mother didn’t show him much affection.
For example, when he was a child, DMX was hit by a car with a drunk man behind the wheel. The woman refused the insurance money for her son because, according to the doctrine she followed, one had to be self-sufficient and never ask for help. To this fanaticism is added the absence of the father, who fled to Philadelphia, and the abuses suffered by the mother’s companions; as a result of which he lost his teeth several times and was scarred on the face.
Due to the condition of poverty, DMX, he slept on the floor in the company of unpleasant animals, such as mice and cockroaches.
When he was five, his family settled in public housing in Yonkers, New York. The following year, his mother knocked out two of his teeth with a broom because he had unintentionally erased something from her notebook.
Things were no better at school, he threw chairs at teachers and even ended up stabbing a child in the face with a pencil. At the age of seven, an aunt got him drunk on vodka and he stole some cakes from the market, ending up in jail for it. One summer, his mother locked him in his bedroom, allowing him to go out only for trips to the bathroom.
At the end of fifth grade DMX was expelled from school and entered the Julia Dyckman Andrus Children’s Home for 18 months. His mother left him there with deception and he set fire to the school almost killing one of his classmates.
When he was 14, he began living on the streets of Yonkers to escape his mother’s abuse, sleeping in Salvation Army clothing baskets and befriending stray dogs.
After a few years he ended up in a family home again, but this time things went a little better, perhaps he had seen too many bad things on the streets, as he told in his song Slippin’.
Here he met the hip-hop that was his salvation, along with the other students and Ready Ron with whom he began to rhyme his thoughts.
As a freshman in Yonkers Middle School he was very good at literature but always had very bad grades and he didn’t attend very much. To get out of poverty, despite the fact that he now had at least a place where to sleep, he opted for armed robberies.
His first theft was a bag at Yonkers that earned him $1,000, used to buy a new leather collar and harness for his dog, and a pair of Timberlands. He only started going to school to rob people for an average of 3 a day. Eventually he got to car theft.
During his childhood DMX went to prison more than 30 times for various crimes such as: robbery, assault, car theft, cruelty to animals, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs; unlicensed driving, drug possession, probation violation, failure to pay child support, fraud for posing as a federal agent, and tax evasion.
Furthermore, DMX was also the father of 15 children from 9 different women.
To understand his life you must first understand and listen to his music. His career began in 1991 when he started making mixtapes around the entire city of New York where he rapped on instrumentals and in 1992 after the praise of the prestigious magazine The Source he signed with Columbia Records. One of his songs entitled Born Loser woke up any musician and not of the big apple and almost entered the charts.
He began recording his first album in 1996, then released in 1998 In the meantime he collaborated with many artists. He appeared on Mase-24 Hrs singles. To Live Take What’s Yours, on LOX’s single with Money, Power & Respect and LL Cool J’s single – 4, 3, 2, 1.
Her debut single Get at Me Dog, on Def Jam Recordings, was certified gold after 5 days from its release. His first album, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, which included the single Ruff Ryders’ Anthem debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. In December of the same year he released his second, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. It returned to the top of the charts on the Billboard 200 again and went multiplatinum.
The following year, with And Then There Was X, he returned to number one on the Billboard 200 on December 21, 1999.
His most popular single, Party Up (Up in Here), was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Performance solo rap album of 2001. The six-time platinum-certified album was nominated for best rap album at the 2001 Grammy Awards. From then on, every album he released has always made it to number one on the Billboard 200 charts. tour dates with Jay-z titled Hard Knock Life.
DMX with its success has also given birth to many artists who have had huge success in hip-hop such as: EVE, Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz, Cassidy, Styles P, The LOX and many others. His music has shaped entire generations of young people who have come out of a thousand difficulties like him.