The 50-year-old rapper known as DMX was rushed to a hospital in N.Y. on Friday night after having a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose. According to TMZ, the rapper, formally named Earl Simmons, is in “˝grave condition” and needs “all the prayers he can get”. According to two TMZ sources, the rapper has sustained brain damage. His manager has since confirmed the rapper is in a vegetative state. His family has planned a prayer vigil that will be held outside White Plains Hospital at 5 p.m. tonight.
The Road to Fame Was a Rocky One
The story of DMX is a story of highs and lows. Growing up with a mother who didn’t love him, the rapper was raised by his grandmother. Just as he was getting to the peak of his success, his record label screwed him over, and the drugs took control of his life, leading to a long history of arrests and overdoses. DMX broke into the rap game at a young age and was mostly into beatboxing. After his second prison sentence, he began to write his own lyrics in jail, and DMX was born. BARK BARK.
The Big Break – 1998
DMX got his break in 1998 when he released “Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood.” The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, where it remained the top album for three consecutive weeks. The album was an absolutely massive success story for X. The album also featured 10 tracks produced by rap music legend Swizz Beats. DMX wasn’t just a rapper venting out his frustrations, he was also the voice of millions of young African Americans growing up in the climate the government has provided for them.
From Fame to Stardom – 2003
DMX followed up “Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood” with his sophomore album “Grand Champ” five years later. This is the album that took X from a well-known rapper to an international superstar. The album features songs “Where The Hood At’ and “Get It On The Floor”, which are easily two of the legendary rapper’s best songs. Like the album before, this debuted at number one on Billboard’s Top 200 charts. Def Jam Records was in a bad place at the time of this album release and many in the music industry claim this album saved Def Jam Records from folding. The record label and DMX would later have a falling out.
The Price of Fame is High
The 50-year-old icon revealed recently that he has struggled with addiction since he was a kid. The rapper was introduced to crack when he was just 14 years old. Drug abuse has always lead X into some dark places and many trips to jail. Addiction is no joke (that goes without saying) but to hardcore fans of DMX, this news unfortunately isn’t shocking. X overdosed back in 2016 and completely fell off the wagon prior to his 2018 arrest for tax evasion. While the news of him being in a vegetative state isn’t good by any stretch of the truth, If there is one man on this planet who could survive this, it’s the dog. Pray for one of the pioneers of rap.
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