12/18/1970, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Birth Name

Earl Simmons



Also Known As

E. Simmons, The Dog, Darkman, X, D, Dark Man X, The Divine Master of the Unknown, Earl Simmons
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Earl Simmons also known as Dark Man X, The Divine Master of the Unknown, or simply DMX, is an African-American rapper/hip hop performer and actor, who was most famous in the late-1990s and early 2000. His dark, gothic subject matter (usually depicting a tortured soul torn between the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He appears in the Aaliyah tribute video "Miss You." He also makes a dedication speech at the beginning of the video.

    • In October 2006, DMX was sued by the mother of his son, Monique Wayne. Monique commenced the lawsuit for $1.3 million for defamation, after he claimed she took advantage of him while he was asleep.

    • In July 2006, an arrest warrant was issued after DMX failed to turn up to a New York court to face driving charges. The judge lost patience after DMX had already phosponed proceedings twice before.

    • X has a new show premiering on BET in July called "DMX: Soul of a Man."

    • His 3rd album "...And Then There Was X" sold over 600,000 copies in the first week it was released.

    • His wife Tashera lived above him in his apartment complex when he was young. He did not know this until he met her at a club.

    • DMX is the only artist ever to have two albums debut at number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart in the same year.

    • He usuallly has a religion-related skit on each of his albums.

    • Based on the number of his albums that have been sold, he is the 6th best selling rapper of all time, including more then 20 million records sold in the United States.

    • He has a scar on his left wrist from a fan that was trying to rip his watch off.

    • DMX wrote his first rhymes while spending time in jail.

    • DMX shares his birthday with Steven Spielberg, Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Tommy Davidson and Katie Holmes.

    • He wrote an autobiography titled "E.A.R.L.: Ever Always Real Life".

    • When he was in high school, he was briefly on the track team.

    • When he was younger he loved to play with Green Army Men toys and watch Eddie Murphy on "Saturday Night Live".

    • When he was growing up his family was a Jehovah's Witness.

    • Announced in 2003 that he was retiring from the music business so he can focus more on church and his family. He has came out of his retirement this year and is set to release a new album this summer.

    • DMX has his own record label and clothing line called "Bloodline".

    • DMX often barks and growls while rapping in his songs.

    • DMX is about to star in 3 new upcoming films one of which being another Belly movie, "Belly 2", with Nas, it will be released Winter 2006. He's also set to star in a new thriller called "Marble City" which will be released sometime in 2007.

    • DMX's best selling album was "...And Then There Was X", which sold more than 6 million copies.

    • DMX has made guest appearances on LL Cool J's "4, 3, 2, 1.", Ma$e's "24 Hours to Live" and fellow Yonkers MCs the The LOX's "Money, Power, & Respect".

    • His critically-acclaimed debut album "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" is often credited with revitalizing Hardcore Rap in the mainstream scene, after the deaths of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.

    • DMX's debut single was entitled "Get At Me Dog", which was an instant hit.

    • DMX released the single "Born Loser" but it was banned on MTV due to the graphic images in the video.

    • He is currently signed with Sony BMG, and is set to release his first of three albums on August 1, 2006.

    • When he was a child, he was hit by a drunk driver but didn't incur any serious injuries.

    • DMX's 2nd album, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood sold over 670,000 copies in the first week it was released.

    • DMX stands for Dark Man X.

    • One of his trademarks is wearing a silver dog collar.

    • DMX was arrested at London's Heathrow airport in May 2006 for breaking air safety regulations after refusing to fasten his seatbelt as his flight from New York was landing. He was taken into custody by British police. After admitting his offence, he was released after receiving an official warning.

    • He grew up in the School Street housing projects of Yonkers, New York after behavioral problems he encountered in Mount Vernon.

    • He's a fan of the Pitbull breed of dogs and currently has 9 dogs.

    • The name "DMX" came from a synthesizer he often used.

    • He attended the same high school as Mary J. Blige at Yonkers High School.

    • He has contributed over $1 million to the United Negro Association for unfortunate children in New York.

    • He began rapping around the age of 13, amusing crowds of kids with rhymes that relied on spelled-out words, a style he called "spellbound."

    • He was the only child of a single mother.

    • All five of his albums have gone platinum, with "It's Dark and Hell Is Hot" (5 times Platinum), "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood" (3 times Platinum) and "...And Then There Was X" (6 times Platinum).

    • DMX made his film debut in "Belly", and has also appeared in "Romeo Must Die", "Exit Wounds" and "Never Die Alone".

    • Discography:

      Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood (1998)

      It's Dark And Hell Is Hot (1998)

      ...And Then There Was X (2000)

      The Great Depression (2001)

      Grand Champ (2003)

      Year of the Dog...Again (2006)

    • DMX and his wife Tashera have 4 children together.

  • Quotes

    • DMX: To live is to suffer, but to survive, well that's to find meaning in the suffering.

    • DMX: 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: An important and fundamental premise of the American judicial system is the presumption of innocence, that is until proven guilty.

    • DMX: I know I may have done some bad things, but I'm not a bad person.

  • Good actor.

    Forget his personal life and music, he is a good actor.
  • Dmx is already maybe be crazy but he putting all that aside check out his brand new show about his life dmx:soul of a man a great show and it give a good message this is the show 50 cent could never do in his life,ungrateful rappin bastard away he alrightmoreless

    dmx aka earl simmons probably russell simmons s nephew or father i dont real know anyway dmx is a hip hop bad boy craze rapper/actor but at least he does nt tell you to kill somebody to be somebody well maybe but he putting that aside him now on his brand new show soul of a man and also his brand new cd is about to come out on 08/01/06 go get it it is a huge hit with the hit lord give me a sign and we in here also featuring jadakiss styles p busta rhymes and more dmx is the best but crazy rapper alive,god bless him on his success,his life and his soul to the lord.moreless