Today, April 9, 2021, hip hop fans of all ages had to take a moment. We learned the news about DMX passing away. It was news that we knew was coming, but we didn’t want it to happen. Dark Man X (DMX) has died. I’m sad; part of my 90s and 2000s hip hop identity died too.

Earl Simmons (DMX), born December 18, 1970, was an important part of hip hop to me. Also, we are the same age, just a difference of a few days. I took great pride in breaking many of his records over my radio career. I encountered many radio station visits, interviews, concerts, and parties with DMX. Every encounter came along with his signature dog growl and awesomeness.

As reported from XXL, “On Friday (April 9), DMX's team shared a statement with XXL from the family of the beloved veteran rhymer, confirming DMX has died at age of 50 years old after suffering an alleged overdose that led to a heart attack on April 2.”  "We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days. Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," a portion of the statement reads.

Here are some of my favorite DMX joints:

Album: It’s Dark and Hell is Hot – May 12, 1998

Ruff Ryders’ Anthem

Get At Me Dog

How’s It Goin’ Down

Stop Being Greedy

Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood – December 22, 1998

No Radio

… And Then There Was X - December 21, 1999

Party Up (Up In Here)

What These Bitches Want

The Great Depression – October 23, 2001

Who We Be (Mix Show)

We Right Here (Mix Show)

I Miss You

Grand Champ – September 16, 2003

Where the Hood At?

Get It on the Floor

Year of the Dog … Again – August 1, 2006

Lord Give Me a Sign

We in Here

Such great music from a legend. My Dear DMX letter is next. I just need some time to process.

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