Legendary rapper DMX has shocked fans around the world by passing away last month, aged 50 years old. DMX’s real name was Earl Simmons, from New York, United States of America, who was born on the 18th December 1970. The young boy with a passion for music, went on to create stirs and vibrations in the New York hip hop scene in the mid 1990s. 

DMX was known for his gruff and manly tones that laid the dense vocals for his many solo and collaborative tracks. He was a member of the rap collective Ruff Ryders that also included other famous rap stars such as The Lox. One of his most well known performances was in 1999 at the legendary Woodstock festival where he played to over 200,000 fans. 

What started as humble beginnings in Mount Vernon, New York, ended with DMX having five number 1 albums in the USA music charts. The club anthem ‘X Gon’ Give It To Ya’, is one of his most recognisable tracks that will live on in the cultural legacy of a generation. 

DMX spouted a wrap that was powerful and transformative, about the social hardships he had faced growing up and continued to experience as challenges as a young adult. His story teller style was full of spontaneous moments that gave character to each performance he gave. 

Fans of the star were devastated to hear of his passing on the 2nd April 2021. The news came after Simmons was hospitalised following a heart attack at his home. He was immediately moved to the White Plains hospital, New York, critical care unit following his incident. 

Following the passing of DMX, or Earl Simmons as he was otherwise known, there has been an emotional outpouring of sentiment from fans both online and in real life. Multiple digital eulogies for the star have been held across social media, whilst the Simmons family organised a prayer vigil the subsequent Monday after his death.