DMX, the critically acclaimed and beloved rapper, sadly died at the age of 50 years old only a week after collapsing in his home.
From 1998 to 2003, DMX ruled hip hop radio and dominated Billboard charts. He had massive hits like “Party Up,” “Slippin” and “X Gon’ Give It to Ya.” X covered magazines like VIBE, XXL and The Source. In one of VIBE’s 1998 “NEXT” profiles, X talked about the reception he received from fans. “I stay getting love like that, and I love it. I’m gonna feed everyone,” he said. “There’s dogs out here who don’t have a voice. I’m here to soak up their pain and make it felt everywhere by spitting it out to a hot beat.”
DMX toured in sold-out arenas. And he had an unprecedented five consecutive No. 1 albums: It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood, the 6X platinum And Then There Was X, The Great Depression, and Grand Champs.
No other rapper has achieved this yet.
The chart-topping feat exalted X and his crossover appeal grew more enticing to filmmakers.
Who could forget the visually appealing classic Hype Williams-directed film, Belly? He starred alongside Nas in the 1998 cult classic.
His acting chops were on display alongside the late Aaliyah in Romeo Must Die, and he appeared in the action-thriller Exit Wounds with Steven Seagal. He acted in over a dozen films throughout his career.
While fans and lovers of hip-hop mourn the death of the legend, nobody misses him more than X’s children.
He was the father of 15 talented and diverse young adults and kids.
Here are some of his children: