DMX’s death on April 9th was a blow to hip-hop. The growling and barking; his stage presence; his prayers – it was all hip-hop to the bone.
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Earl Simmons ‘product, the Yonkers, in New York survived immense tragedy as a teenager and ended up working with some of New York’s finest: Jay-Z, Lil’ Kim, Mase and LL Cool J are just a few.
X’s influence on hip-hop has been immense. For context, his albums Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood – both released in 1998 – together sold 10 million copies.
With the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards just around the corner, it’s only appropriate to look at some of his most defining moments. And be sure to check out X’s tribute at the BET Awards 2021 if you haven’t already.
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