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->"''Musicians often put on an [[DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster exaggerated persona]] when on stage to make themselves seem more legitimate to the audience. Whether it's [[BoastfulRap bragging about the number of women they lay or the fineness of the Maseratis they drive]], this kind of casual exaggeration is perhaps most common in hip-hop artists.''

->''DMX, on the other hand, is not in any way exaggerating when he describes being a bad, bad man in his songs.''"
-->--'''Cracked.com''', "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_18586_the-7-most-impossible-rock-stars-to-deal-with.html The 7 Most Impossible Rock Stars To Deal With]]"


Earl Simmons (December 18, 1970), more widely known by his stage name DMX, is a rapper and actor from Yonkers, New York. The name DMX was originally not an acronym, but simply part of a name taken from a popular drum machine of TheNineties, the Oberheim DMX. However, the acronym has come to stand for "Dark Man of the Unknown (or [[XtremeKoolLetterz X]] for short)."

DMX is widely known for his harsh, gravelly voice, his violent subject matter (particularly in his earlier albums), and the frequent call-and-response lyrics used in his songs. That, and his extensive arrest record.
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Discography by release date:
* ''It's Dark and Hell Is Hot'': 1998
* ''Flesh of my Flesh, Blood of my Blood'': 1998 (with this, he became the first artist to release two #1 albums within a year)
* ''...And Then There Was X'': 1999
* ''The Great Depression'': 2001
* ''Grand Champ'': 2003
* ''Year of the Dog...Again'': 2006
* ''Undisputed'': 2012

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!!This artist provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: His mother starved him and abandoned him in a group home.
* AccidentalMisnaming- Used in ''Damien III''
-->'''Damien'''"What happened to the right hand, ''Light Man?''
-->'''X'''"Nah, that's ''Dark Man''
-->'''Damien'''"Well, let's get it right, then."
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys- "Good Girls, Bad Guys" from ''...And Then There Was X'' provides a somewhat humorous take on this.
* AsTheGoodBookSays- "Lord Give Me a Sign" begins with DMX quoting Isaiah 54:17.
* BadassPreacher- He always finds a way to insert a full-blown prayer track into his albums in between the gangster joints.
* BigWhat - Pretty much every [[VerbalTic second word]] in most of his songs.
* CallAndResponseSong- The ''Damien'' series, as well as ''Angel'' and a few other songs.
* CallBack- In ''Damien III''- "What happened to the right hand, Light Man?" is a CallBack to ''Damien'''s "For that nigga, I would bleed/ give him my right hand/ now that I think about it, yo, that's my man!"
* ChronicVillainy- Referenced occasionally in his ''Prayer'' songs, as well as ''Ready To Meet Him.''
* CreatorThumbprint: DMX ''loves'' dogs. Specifically, pitbulls.
* DealWithTheDevil- "Damien" and its sequels.
* DreamTeam- His collaboration with Eminem.
* EvilDetectingDog: In "Damien II", a dog is terrified of and barking at the mysterious man who is later revealed to be the Devil.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: ''The Great Depression'''s "I Miss You" is an ode to his late grandmother.
* DisappearedDad: His father left him and his mom to take care of themselves.
* DownerEnding- The song "ATF" ends with DMX dying in a shootout with police.
** Actually insinuated it was all a dream.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In "The Professional," X tells the story of a hitman from a first-person perspective.
--> ''I could be the one driving the school bus that yo kid's in / Except that I don't like to involve women and children''
* EvilSoundsDeep- In the "Damien" series, the titular character usually has a strange yet not necessarily deep voice. However, should he get serious about something, this trope goes into full swing.
** Any time he takes his shirt off onstage, wave of fangirl shrieks--more girls than you'd ever think would be at a hardcore rap concert--is sure to follow.
* FosterKid: Lived in group homes and foster homes for a while after his mother abandoned him.
* HairTriggerTemper: [[SarcasmMode If his arrest record and his music wasn't evidence enough]].
* HeyItsThatVoice- Having guest rappers Jadakiss and Styles P on a song from ''Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood'' is pretty par for the course for a rap album. Having ''Music/MarilynManson'' most certainly is not.
** Many people thought "Damien" was just DMX doing a high pitched voice. It's actually MosDef.
* {{Horrorcore}}: ''It's Dark and Hell Is Hot'' and ''Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood''.
* ILoveTheDead: This lyric from "Bring Your Whole Crew":
--> ''I got blood on my hands and there's no remorse / I got blood on my dick 'cause I '''fucked a corpse!'''''
* ListSong- "Who We Be" from ''The Great Depression'' and "What These B***ches Want" from ''...And Then There Was X''.
* LonersAreFreaks: "How many times do I have to tell you rap niggas I have no friends?!" (from "What's My Name?")
* LyricalTic: He makes frequent use of growls, barking, "uh!", and "come on!" in his songs
* MoodWhiplash- His video for "Where Da Hood At?" is his typical violent gangster rap (sprinkled with a little gay bashing), but then it goes into a clip of "Ayo Kato," a sweet, sad tribute to a deceased friend.
* MoralDissonance- DMX will go from gangster raps about committing murder to what are essentially ''gospels'' within the same album.
* MrFanservice: Has quite a number of female fans, must be the [[ShirtlessScene allergy to shirts]].
* MythArc- The "Damien" story crosses songs from three different albums.
* ProfessionalKiller- "The Professional" from ''...And Then There Was X'' has DMX portray a contract killer as opposed to simply a gangster.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Commonly used, but most evident in "What's My Name?", where he recites his name, the title, and numerous other phrases IN! THIS! MANNER!
* SopranoAndGravel- His duets with Aaliyah and Monica.
* VerbalTic- "What?!", "C'mon!", and ''dog barks and growls'', among other things.
** The barking even surfaced during his ''Behind the Music'' episode, while he was talking about his dead grandmother.

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